good seat, great price
March 19, 2012
We've only used this car seat in the rear facing position so far, so I am not sure about forward facing. To setup, I had to do some adjustments in order for the latch system to work in the rear facing position. It wasn't difficult if you followed the directions. Took me about 25-30 minutes total between changing the straps and putting the car seat in the car (and watching a baby, while he played in the box). The seat is a bit bulky and sits up high, which I like because the baby can almost see out the back window, yet it doesn't affect the drivers seat as bad (as far as pushing on the back of the seat). I did have to use a rolled up towel to help level the seat. When attaching it in the car, I sat in the seat and pulled to tighten the latch. It was very tight and didn't move. The only reason why I am giving this 4 stars is because, when in the rear facing position, it is a bit difficult to use the tighten and loosen knobs for the straps. There are knobs on both sides, which is nice, but they are towards the end of the car seat with smooshes into the actual car's back seat. So, when you try to turn the knobs your hand will hit the seat, making it difficult to make sure the harness is tight enough (wouldn't be problem forward facing). It just takes a bit longer to tighten, but not enough of a problem to say the seat sucks or wouldn't be worth the awesome deal! He seems very comfortable in it, as we have it reclined all the way, and with the help of the towel... he doesn't tip forward.
Pros:roomy and comfortable
height of straps are easy to adjust
consumer reports safety rating
comfy padding (and is removeable)
Cons:harness difficult to tighten in rear facing position