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Category Archives: Car Seats

Sneak Picco at Recaro

At Recaro’s booth, we were ushered into a small private room to get a quick preview of their new infant car seat, the Picco, set to debut in April. The seat itself is still in a fairly early stage of design, but the side impact protection system looks fantastic. The base is very unique looking and includes a rebound bar. ... Read More »

Maxi Cosi delayed… for some.

The Maxi Cosi Mico infant seat, which is compatible with the Quinny Zapp and the Buzz, is already a hot commodity, thanks in part to a production problem that has dramatically reduced the availability of the seat during the first weeks of the US launch. Apparently, a supplier of a key component failed to deliver the correct number of parts, ... Read More »

Britax Decathlon Recalled

My hair is going gray this week, I swear it. A customer gave us a heads-up today that Britax has issued a voluntary recall of the Decathlon. I’m wondering why, in the flurry of e-mails that I’ve received from Britax over the past few days regarding other matters, this wasn’t even mentioned, but perhaps I’m just a bit oversensitive right ... Read More »

Clek is here!

I loved this booster when I saw it at the JPMA show, and we’ve finally received our first shipment. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with it, I’m particularly impressed with the padding on the seat. It is very thick and amazingly comfortable (I sat on it myself). I think it’s an ideal solution for carpoolers, ... Read More »

Como is a-coming

I just got an e-mail that the Midnight Desert and Beige Como seats from Recaro should be shipping out to us next week. Cobalt and Blush are still in transit and are scheduled to ship in the beginning of September. No update on the Signo for now. As soon as I hear, I’ll pass it along. I know a lot ... Read More »

Radian in living color

When the Radian 80 car seat came out, the color selection was almost comical. There was Manhattan, which was mostly gray, and Supercool, which was entirely gray. But there’s good news for Radian fans who also like colors. They’ve just come out with two new fabric options, Princess and Monaco. Princess (pictured) is obviously geared towards little girls. It is ... Read More »

Britax Regent Product “Update”

I just received an announcement from Britax that they will be offering a free product update kit for all Regent car seats manufactured between November 10, 2005 and June 18, 2007. This kit will “enhance the performance” of the Regent seat. Clearly this is not a recall, but Britax is strongly encouraging consumers to utilize this kit, and is also ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Safeguard

Safeguard is a relatively new name in the car seat industry, as far as the public is concerned. But in reality, IMMI, Safeguard’s parent company, has been manufacturing components for several major car seat brands for two decades. A couple of years ago, IMMI developed some new technology — a ratcheting LATCH mechanism that made installation a breeze. As the ... Read More »

Quinny Newsflash

Good news and bad news. The good news is that Dorel has made some nice improvements to the US version of the Zapp. They’ve adjusted some of the functional design and they’ve added (drumroll, please) a storage basket. The bad news is they’ve decided to increase the retail price to $239.99. From what I can understand, the price increase will ... Read More »

One car seat to go…

The past ten days have left my family a bit travel weary. We’ve been to Chicago, New York and now today, back to Boston. My sister-in-law got married last night, and we’ve been celebrating with her and getting my girls ready for their supporting roles as flower girls (they were superb – more on that later). After the debacle with ... Read More »