1 in 4 car crashes involving kids are side impact collisions. 1 in 3 result in child fatalities, side impact collisions are by far the deadliest type of collision for kids; nearly all fatalities are caused by head trauma. Okay, let those stats sink in. Is your child’s car seat protecting them against a side impact?
About Air Protect
I’d like to tell you about a revolutionary technology called Air Protect. Like I said, 1 in 3 side impact collisions end in death, mostly all caused by head trauma. The Air Protect technology “head wings” are placed around your child’s head and divert the crash forces away from your child’s head. Air Protect releases air upon impact to slow the ride-down time which is the time it takes your child’s head to come to a full stop. Air Protect is exclusively available through Safety 1st. Safety 1st has a full selection of Air Protect Products.
Hand’s On Review of Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat
I have been given the opportunity to review the Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat and offer you a chance to win one of your own from Safety 1st. This is a convertible car seat which means it can be used both rear and forward facing. This could be the only car seat you need for child from infancy through preschool years.
Rear facing is the safest position for your child. The American Academy of Pediatrics states:
“It is best for children to ride rear-facing as long as possible to the highest weight and height allowed by the manufacturer of their convertible seat. When they have outgrown the seat rear-facing, they should use a forward-facing seat with a full harness as long as they fit.”
This seat will allow your child to be placed rear-facing from 5lbs up to 40lbs and 19-40inches which is much longer than most car seats available. The forward-facing restrictions are 22-50lbs and 34-45inches.
Installing the Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat
Installing a car seat properly is so important for the safety of your child, however 90% of car seats are improperly installed. There are many places that will inspect and help you install your car seats locally, contact your local fire departments, AAA, hospital, and sheriff’s office. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a location near you that checks car seat installation.
Installing the Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat is quite simple. The written instructions are easy to understand. Safety 1st offers vidoes online for installing rear-facing with latch, rear-facing with vehicle belt, forward-facing with Latch, and forward-facing with vehicle belt. Normally, I have my husband install the car seats because they are incredibly hard to install, especially getting the clips hooked to the Latch tight enough. I thought for this review, I should do it. It was surprisingly easy! This car seat comes with a SafeGuard clip that is easy to push through the seats to clip onto the Latch system. No more scrapping your hands trying to clip onto the Latch system, it’s as easy as a push of a button with SafeGuard.
This car seat is easy to install and remove for quick switches between cars, this is a huge benefit. It is also lightweight which makes switching cars or taking to the airport easy. Yes, it meets the standards for use on an airplane too.
Comfort of Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat
When I first saw the “head wings” I immediately thought 2 things.
- It looks very safe.
- My daughter is not going to like the barriers around her face.
Well, yes, they are safe, this is the air protect technology. And no, she is not bothered in the least by them. We have been using this car seat for more than a week now and we have had no complaints. In fact, this car seat is so super comfortable that her head rests on the “head wings” and she falls asleep. She has not fallen asleep in a car seat as much as she has in this seat. She looks very comfortable in it too, no bobbing or hanging heads with this seat. The seat is make of plush, soft material for a super comfy seat for your child.
The car seat is easy to adjust based on your child’s height. It is important for the straps to fit snugly, having a car seat that is easy to adjust saves so much time! This is especially important when the weather changes and you are going between heavy winter coats and sweaters down to jackets, then back and forth.
Another minor but important bonus is that it comes with a detachable cup holder. This may not seem too important but when you don’t have a place for that sippy cup, it can get lost which causes much commotion in the back seat.
I recommend Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat
After reading the stats, I cannot think of using any other car seat. Just look at the below picture of my 3 year old daughter. It is a side view of the seat, you can see how Air Protect will protect her head. Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat with Air Protect technology just makes sense. We have 2 vehicles, a SUV and full-size car. I put this seat in the car as it rides lower and I feel has a higher risk of injury if there was to be a side collision, I feel that she is safer in this car seat. SUVs and other large vehicles are part of the problems associated with fatalities and side collisions. I will be buying another Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat for my SUV in the near future.
Buy Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat
I have seen Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat locally on the feature displayed end caps at Toys R Us and Target retailing for $219.99. It is also available at Sears, Walmart, and Babies R Us. You can also buy online at Amazon.com by clicking below.
Win Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat (Closed)
Updated 3/10/10 Winner Announced: Sarah Brooks.
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This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Safety 1st who supplied the products for the review and giveaway.