Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Safety 1st Complete Air Car Seat Review

When it came to Wiggle Bean moving up from her infant car seat to a bigger seat, we spent hours researching the safety features and ratings of just about every seat on the market.  We made or selections but for the seat we have in our secondary vehicle and send to daycare, we were not happy with the installation and how difficult it was to move it in and out of the vehicle. 

When the car seat was in a vehicle that was involved in a minor accident (no children were in the car), it was mandated by our states laws for the seat to be replaced. 

We used this opportunity to switch to the Safety 1st Complete Air convertible car seat.  My daughter took a liking to the seat the moment we took it out of the box.  She was even happy to demonstrate how easy it is to tighten the shoulder straps.

Did you know that:  

1 in 4 car crashes involving children are side impact collisions. They are by far the deadliest type of collision for children, accounting for 1 in 3 child fatalities; nearly all of which are caused by head trauma.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in a crash, a child’s head is the body part most vulnerable to serious and fatal injuries, accounting for 95 percent of all injuries sustained.

About the seat: (from manufacturer)
The Safety 1st® Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat with Air Protect™ Side Impact Technology is perfect for infants rear-facing from 5-40 pounds and 19"-40" and toddlers forward-facing from 22-50 pounds and 34"-45".

Air Protect™ Revolutionary Side Impact Technology: Breakthrough system shields head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air.

QuickFit™ Harness System adjusts harness height from the front in one easy step without uninstalling from the car.

Harness accommodates children up to 50 pounds.

One Click LATCH installation system allows for faster and easier installation when moving between vehicles.

5-position adjustable headrest easily accommodates your growing child.
Removable cup holder. 

What is Air Protect™ Technology?
Air Protect™ Technology is the most innovative safety feature ever offered in a car seat.  It is a technology that protects our children at their most vulnerable – the head.

How does Air Protect™ work?
Through the precise release of air, Air Protect™ shields children from side impact intrusion and immediately reduces crash forces at the most critical spot: around a child’s head.  Air Protect™ does this by extending ride-down, the amount of time it takes to slow a child’s movement in a crash.

Where is Air Protect Available?
Air Protect™ may be purchased online at Babies"R"Us. Check your local Babies"R"Us in advance for in-store availability.

Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts 
The Safety 1st Complete Air convertible car seat was all that we hoped for in a new car seat.  It was easy to install, with the One Click Latch system, it was installed in less than 5 minutes (it is also easy to remove to move to a different vehicle).  It seems to be more secure (less movement) after being installed than the seat we replaced.  I could not keep my daughter out of it, she must have found it comfortable and I liked the additional head padding. 

Over all we are really enjoy the seat and all of it's safety features, it even matches the car interior!



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