Cosco Alpha Omega Elite - Transpire Booster Car Seat Reviews

Cosco Alpha Omega Elite - Transpire Booster Car Seat

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Seems like a good seat, just not for rear-facing

Jul 24, 2010
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Pros:Seems comfortable, easily taken apart to clean, easy adjust shoulder straps

Cons:HUGE, hot, rear-facing functionality is a joke, LATCH straps are difficult to adjust

The Bottom Line: Don't buy if you want to use as rear-facing, unless you have a Yukon, and maybe not even then! Other than that, seems very well-made and comfortable.


I would like to begin by saying that some of the reviews I read on other websites were absolutely silly, IE: "...I literally scraped myself three times..." regarding the LATCH System, among other ridiculous complaints. As I always do, I discounted those few negative reviews and chalked them up to user error. After all, you must be smarter than the equipment you're trying to operate :p But I must say that after using the seat myself, I have to agree with some of them. I'm sure glad that this was a hand-me-down carseat that we got for free, because if I'd have spent that much on this carseat I'd be disgusted. It is a great idea, the 3-in-1 convertible seat. And this one in particular has some good features, and seems very well-made and comfortable. But if you have a midsize SUV like I do, or anything smaller, you won't be able to fit it in your vehicle properly as a rear facing infant seat. This, to me, makes the extra money paid for the "grow with your child" type carseat a waste. One can buy an infant carseat (which is convenient itself for the carrier feature at that age), a child carseat for forward facing, AND a booster for bigger children for the same amount of money you'll pay for this! It would absolutely be more convenient to have an all-in-one, but I would not recommend it to be this one, here's why: There is a recline feature, and lines on the top of the seat which you must level with the ground in order to safely use the carseat rear-facing. This is nearly impossible to do, even with rolled towels as recommended in the manual to level the seat. I'm not exaggerating when I say four or more full-size bath towels would have fit rolled in the space between the fully reclined carseat and the bottom of the car's seat. I personally feel like that's just too much room for smoosh in an accident, allowing for whiplash.. no matter how much you tighten the LATCH, which is a whole separate issue. The LATCH for rear facing is very difficult to tighten, and then to loosen again. And yes I scraped myself as well. Is anyone working on a class-action suit for parents injured by these seats? (Lol.) I did find that the rest of the straps, and rest of the seat was very simple to maneuver and straightforward. I was able to easily disassemble and reassemble the whole seat for cleaning without the manual. Also, the easy adjust shoulder straps seem very convenient, and there is an adjustable crotch strap as well. Overall, the seat seems well-made, and I'll be keeping it for forward facing. However, if I had purchased the seat, I'd surely be returning it to get another, and I would not recommend it, except to those only looking for a forward-facing seat.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 150.00
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months

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