B.S. asks from Columbia, MO on June 23, 2008
Car Seat Safety Ratings?
Hello. My daughter is nearing 10 months of age. I will be needing a new carseat after she is one year old and 20 lbs. I am wondering if anyone knows of a website that rates carseat safety by brand or something? Her safety is my #1 concern, but I have no idea how to find out which car seat is the best. Thanks for your help!
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K.C. answers from Kansas City on June 24, 2008
Another vote for Britax. They're great seats and rated very well. Also, it's good to keep her backward as long as you can! Feel good that you're finding what's safest for you daughter.
S.T. answers from St. Louis on June 23, 2008
Whatever carseat you buy, make sure to keep your daughter rear facing as long as possible. One year and 20 lbs. is the bare minimum for legal forward facing. If your daughter is able to fit rear facing still, keep her that way. Children's Hosp. installed my seat and they are highly recommending keeping children rear facing up to 2 years old.
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K.K. answers from St. Louis on June 24, 2008
There are new safety standards out that reccommend that you do not turn them around at one year and 20 pounds, but wait. If your seat is only good until 22 pounds, check in to a good convertable car seat. One that can be rear facing and then turned to be forward facing.
www.ConsumerReports.org lets you research carseats for free. We purchased a Cosco AlphaOmegaElite and have not regretted it for a minute (we bought it 4 years ago and is now her highbacked booster as she is 5 years old). There may be a better seat out there now though.
So, please read up about it to find out all the reasons to keep your precious cargo facing the rear. If your current car seat won't handle her weight and height, then look in to onw of the convertable car seats that can be used facing rear and then forward. (Be sure to look for one that holds the forward facing to higher weights and as a booster to higher weights - you'd hate to have to buy another one yet....)
S.F. answers from St. Louis on June 24, 2008
We have bought 5pt harness car seats for both of our children from Sunshine kids. These are the only seats that have a 5pt harness from infant to 80lbs. Both of our kids love their seats. They are pricey but if you consider how many seats you would purchase until they are not required to sit in a seat it is worth it.
G.N. answers from St. Louis on June 23, 2008
WE HAVE THE BRITIX BOULEVARD ITS A GREAT CARSEAT, IT GOES TO 65LBS AND IS VERY SAFT ITS A 5POINT HARNESS. YOU CAN GO TO BRITIX.COM, I THINK ANY SITE YOU GO TO YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT THE RATINGS AND ALSO SEE WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THEM.
E.W. answers from St. Louis on June 24, 2008
There is no hurry to turn her forward facing. I have a Britax Roundabout, which is very nice and can accomodate rear facing up to 33 lbs. The Britax Marathon will let them go rear facing even longer. Rear facing is fine until they reach the weight limit. It's okay if their feet touch the back of the car's seat. If you are in an accident rear facing seats support their head and back without whipping their head around like forward facing would. If you really want to go forward facing both of the Britax models listed above can be installed either way.
S.S. answers from Kansas City on June 23, 2008
G.C. answers from Springfield on June 24, 2008
This is a personal rating, not professional, but my son was in a Graco Comfortsport in the center of the seat in a Suburban. Someone ran a light in front of me...no time to stop, so we hit head-on into the side of her. It totalled both cars and my son was just fine!!! We did replace the seat (even though there was no apparent damage) and of course got another Graco!
M.I. answers from St. Louis on June 24, 2008
I would say that if you visit target.com, babiesrus.com etc and read customer reviews on each product you'll get a good idea of which ones other mom's liked and disliked about the different models.
I'm pretty loyal to Graco products and LOVE the safeseat step 2 from Graco. There is also a Graco CarGo carseat that can only be purchased online and I really like it as it will convert to a high back booster with a belt positioner.
If money isn't an issue I'd go with the Britax brand but they are quite pricey and in my opinion just as good as Graco. Graco also has super customer service.