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August 13th, 2009, 11:22 AM
AmandaR
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Review in progress. Pictures to come.

GRACO SAFESEAT (STEP ONE) INFANT CARRIER STYLE CAR SEAT



Product Overview:

Seat Name: SafeSeat (Step 1)
Manufacturer: Graco
Sear Style: Infant Carrier with Base
Rear Facing Weight Limit: 30lbs
Forward Facing Weight Limit: Not Applicable
Rear Facing Height Limit: Manufacturer states height limit of 32 inches, but seat can be used until child’s head is one inch from the top of the shell. For rear facing, the shoulder harness straps must be at or below the child’s shoulders.
Forward Facing Height Limit: Not Applicable
Shoulder Strap Heights: 6.5 inches(Slot 1) 9 inches (Slot 2) 11 inches (Slot 3)
Product Weight and Dimensions (per Amazon.com): 20.2 pounds, 16.5 x 18.8 x 26.5 inches


Installation and Use:

Installation: I have found this car seat to install very easily in all the cars we have used it in (2007 Honda Accord sedan, both outboard and middle, LATCH and seatbelt; 2006 Honda Odyssey, both outboard and middle, second row, LATCH and seatbelt; 2004 Nissan Sentra, middle, seatbelt; 2003 Mercedes C240, middle, seatbelt; 2003 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 with bench middle row, outboard and middle, LATCH). We normally install the seat with LATCH, but use the seatbelt when LATCH is not available. Once the seat has been installed and tightened, there is a “crank” on the base that pushes a red “foot” down, which definitely helps with the installation and makes it fairly easy to get the seat installed tightly (must be less than 1 inch side to side movement at the belt path).
LATCH: The LATCH clips could be better (see picture below). They are sometimes hard to fit in between the cushions to access the LATCH. Also, the LATCH straps only tighten in one place (some seats tighten on both sides) and this makes it harder to get a tight install in my opinion.
Harness Use: The harness is 5 point and can be adjusted VERY easily. There is a slot at the end of the seat with a lever that loosens and tightens the harness. This was very useful, because we could easily loosen the seat to put a squirming infant in and had no issues getting the harness safely tightened. You just pull a “rope” type thing in between the child’s feet until the harness is tight enough (should not be able to pinch the harness at the child’s shoulders).
Cleaning: Removing the cover was harder than expected (because the straps had to be removed), but it is machine washable (which was very nice when our daughter projectile vomited in the seat) and came out looking like new. Putting the cover back on was very easy.
Strap Adjustment: Raising or lowering the shoulder strap height requires the straps to be rethreaded. We’ve only had to do this one time to raise the height and one time to wash the cover, but it was fairly time consuming.


Other:

Airplane Travel: This seat DOES fit rear facing on airplanes (in my flying experience) with the base. We have traveled with the seat a few times and use the Graco SnugRider stroller frame, which the seat attaches too (http://www.amazon.com/Graco-SnugRider-Infant-Stroller-Frame/dp/B0007KMUH4/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_ttl_in).


Summary:

Pros: Easy installation, comes with infant padding (most patterns), machine washable cover, easy to adjust harness, high weight and height limits, good for airline travel, attaches to Graco strollers and Graco stroller frames, will be usable for a long time, can become back up seat once child moves to convertible seat.
Cons: Heavy, LATCH clips, LATCH tightening, difficult to rethread the shoulder straps.
Overall: I think this is a good enough infant seat. My 11 month old daughter (22lbs and 31 inches) still fits in the seat on the second harness height slot. We use it as her backup seat in my husband’s car and it will become our son’s back up seat when he arrives in November.


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Last edited by AmandaR; August 14th, 2009 at 02:49 PM.
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August 15th, 2009, 05:38 PM
amylynne01's Avatar One happy mama
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Amanda said a lot, so I'll add my two cents.

Summary:

Pros:

- Easy to install base
- Easy to install carseat without base if you need to use a different car and not move the base
- Because of high weight and height limits, you can get a lot of use out of this infant seat
- Convenient to use as a seat if you're out with baby
- Cover is easy to remove, wash, and put back on
- Can be used with Graco travel systems or other Sit N Stand type strollers

Cons:

- Heavy, especially when you add baby in
- Short shelf life because it is an infant seat
- Takes up a lot of room in the car
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