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Category Archives: Car Seats

Casting doubts on Consumer Reports

In the week or so that has passed since the Today Show broke the story about the car seat test results to be published in the upcoming issue of Consumer Reports, our little industry has been in something of a tailspin. Car seat manufacturers have rushed to defend their products and their testing processes, while retailers like us have tried ... Read More »

Infant Car Seat Testing from Consumer Reports

Earlier in the day it was brought to my attention that the results of some extensive crash testing done by Consumer Reports was featured on the Today Show. I didn’t get to watch the show, but the information was very eye-opening, and important for parents and parents-to-be to know about and take into consideration. By current federal standards, an infant ... Read More »

Britax Boulevard Recall

Britax has just announced a voluntary recall of the Boulevard car seat. Apparently, they’ve realized that the top tether hook can release or break when the seat is used in the forward-facing position with a child over 50 lbs. For the time being, Britax is asking consumers to stop using the top tether once the child’s weight reaches 50 lbs. ... Read More »

Dramatic Safety Lesson on YouTube

Kyle David Miller was just 3 years old when he was killed in a car accident in May of 2005. He was buckled into a belt-positioning booster seat, but his seatbelt failed and he was ejected from the car. His parents learned a painful lesson in car seat safety, and they have created a beautiful, poignant and powerful video designed ... Read More »

Heavy Duty

Apparently, Cybex is getting into the baby market. Last year, the fitness company introduced a revolutionary new high-back booster seat at this show and won the coveted innovation award. This year, they’ve brought out a fascinating new convertible car seat, and won it again. When we visited, we met JB, the VP of Sales for this division of Cybex, and ... Read More »

Orbit update

I had a chance to stop by the Orbit booth and check out the newest product developments from their team. As usual, I was impressed. They showed a fantastic stroller seat that fits onto the Orbit frame. It’s a roomy, fully-featured seat with a generous hood and a very plush, comfortable seat. The stroller has a reversible seat pad; one ... Read More »

Yummy Danish!

Two popular and sought-after Dutch stroller brands will both be making their American debut in the coming months. The Mutsy is a line of high-end strollers with several parent-friendly features. The 4Rider looks a bit like the bugaboo. It includes a stroller seat and a bassinet, and the handling is quite nice. There are two versions, one more lightweight with ... Read More »

The First Orbit

Today, we were all very excited when UPS delivered our very first Orbit Infant System (just one for now). We eagerly opened the box and unpacked our new floor model, completed the simple assembly, and put it through its paces. We have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this revolutionary new travel system since we first saw a prototype almost ... Read More »

Infant car seat wins for American Inventor

American Inventor, the new reality series produced by Simon Cowell for ABC, wrapped up this past week. Interestingly enough, the winning invention was an infant car seat. The Anecia Survival Capsule was invented by Janusz Liberkowski after his daughter Annette (nicknamed Anecia) was killed in a car accident. It is a spherical infant car seat that can be opened or ... Read More »

Orbit almost landing…

We had a chance to check in with our friends at Orbit Baby today and play with the actual production samples of the Orbit Infant System. All I can say is it’s really going to be worth the wait. We’re told that we should have stock to sell by the end of June or first week of July. The final ... Read More »