User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Easy to assemble, easy to use. Comfortable for child, the price was right.
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a booster seat, choose this one. Shop around for prices, though.
We purchased this car seat when my son was 2 years, 6 months. He was just starting preschool, and we finally had to get a second seat for the second car. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS EARLIER THAN THE STANDARD RECOMMENDED AGE FOR BOOSTER SEATS.
Recommend this product?
You know how difficult it can be to bend over and get the child into the seat and all the belts and latches done up? Now imagine doing that in the back seat of a 2-door sports car. THIS CAR SEAT MAKES IT SUPER EASY!
This is a booster seat, which is different from a standard car seat in that it does not have belts built into the frame of the seat -- it only positions the child (and threads the car's belt straps) in such a way as to make it safe to use the car's seat belt. YOU MUST USE THIS SEAT WITH A SEAT BELT THAT HAS A SHOULDER STRAP, NOT JUST A LAP BELT!!! The benefit is that it is easier to buckle in the child because it's a standard belt latch you are already used to. The drawback is that you can't use this seat until the child reaches a certain weight and height (usually about 2.5 years old), so you have to have some sort of intermediate seat from age 1 year (when the child is in an infant seat) to 2.5 years (or when the child is big enough for a booster seat). HOWEVER, this is not a property of this model, as much as it is a fact of the design of car seats in general.
-- It's nice and low so the child can climb into and out of it on his own, yet still high enough to allow a child to see out the windows.
-- The armrests guide the belt into a safe position that is also super comfortable.
-- The colors coordinate with most black/grey colored interiors. The fabric is comfortable and there is a nice amount of padding for the child to sit on. The cup holder is pretty standard for booster seats but still a great feature.
-- This was the cheapest seat of it's type at the store, so the price was right. I only regret buying it there and not researching other prices of identical items online.
-- We are buying a second identical seat (online) for our primary car.
IF your child is big enough (check the item's specifications for weight and height limits) for a booster seat, and you are looking for a simpler way to latch your child into your car, or looking to get a seat for a grandparents' car, or looking to "hand down" a car seat for a younger child, I would HIGHLY recommend this item.
PLEASE NOTE, TOO, that my son loved this seat so much and is SOOO happy riding in "Daddy's" car that he does not fiddle with the belt and squirm his way out of the belt restraint. If your child tends to do this, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS SEAT UNTIL YOUR CHILD IS OLDER. As always, please use common sense when selecting your car seat!
Amount Paid (US$): 60
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months