December 25, 2011
I know car seats. Two children. I've owned 2 infant car seats, three previous models of convertable seats...all purchased after research on Consumer reports. This is a very good seat. The best I could find in the market and I did the research. Being able to keep my kids in 5 point restraint up to 85 lbs and 57 inches makes my children safer. I was getting ready to convert my 7 year old daughter's seat to a booster seat, as she was almost too tall for the harnesses. Purchased these seats the week after being rear ended at stop light by driver surfing the internet on her phone and hit us at 35+ mph. Paramedics said if my kids where not in 5 point harnesses, they would have been on their way to the ER. They see it all the time. Both got out and played after the shock wore off. Next week a friend was t-boned and her daughter of the same age was taken to the ER with internal injuries from sliding under the seat belt and seat belt tore into her abdomon. She was in a booster seat and the booster seat back broke. So, my kids understand why they will not be in booster seats like their friends. These seats are solid and heavy. Rated to hold a kid up to 85 lbs in the harness, which means they can hold my kids at higher forces than their previous seats, which had to be thrown out after the impact of the collision. Seat are like helmets, they are only good for one impact.
Pros:Best seat on the market. Quality materials. Easy to clean seat covers, they come off easily without having to disassemble anything. Easily adjusted while seat is installed, so as kids get taller, the seat can be easlily heightened. This seat will keep an average kid in a five point harness through 10 or 11 years old and then be a solid booster up through 120 lbs (way past what I need it to do). If your kid is in a booster seat, you are unwittingly (or wittingly) commiting child endangerment like our parents who left us to play in the back seat of the car without even a seat belt. My young children move around too much in a booster seat to be in the correct seated position for a collision. The five point harness keeps them seated correctly. The difference could be life altering.
Cons:The SICT stands for Side Impact Cushion Technolgy. Basically two inflated tough air bags on the side of the seats. I am barely able to fit the two seats side by side in my two passenger minivan bench seat. The bags in the middle have to be squeezed together to fit into the seat together. Up side, the bags are solid and may save their lives. Downside, installation is trickier with two passenger bench seats in minivans. Should be fine in three passenger bench seats and captain chair type seats.