Safety 1st Go Hybrid™ Booster Car Seat Review

picture of Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat 5 point harness for up to 65lbs

When I found out about the new Ohio Booster Seat law going into effect last month, I knew that I had to share with you a great product for your kids safety.  48 states have incorporated a Booster Seat Law, so check into your local state’s laws. The laws are there to protect your kids. Basically, kids ages 5 to 9, who are under 4 feet 9 inches tall and less than 80 to 100 pounds, need to be in a booster seat for the best protection.  Many kids will be between 8 – 12 years of age before they meet these height and weight requirements. Learn more about why your kid needs to be in a booster seat with this article.

Safety 1st provides families with the best child safety restraints available. They offer a great selection of child restraint products for infants through childhood.  Their latest models incorporate the latest in safety features, accommodating growing kids longer in the 5 point harness system, the safest way to travel.  We were thrilled to test drive the Safety 1st Go Hybrid™ Booster Car Seat as my son’s current booster seat has no 5-point harness system.

Safety 1st Go Hybrid™ Booster Car Seat

This car seat is a beauty from installation, to travel, to fit. From the Safety 1st website: 

The Go Hybrid™ Booster Car Seat installs in less than a minute, making this car seat ideal for parents and children on the go!  The seat starts out as a high back booster and will keep your child secure in a 5-point harness all the way up to 65 pounds.  As your child gets ready to transition over to the adult seatbelt, the Go Hybrid™ Booster Car Seat converts to a backless booster that can accommodate your child all the way up to 100 pounds!

  • Installs in less than a minute!
  • 5-point harness system for use up to 65 pounds
  • Converts to a backless booster
  • Unique folding design is ideal for travel
  • Convenient travel bag included
  • Harness easily adjusts to best height without rethreading
  • Equipped with SafeGuard Secure™ advanced restraint systems for ease of use and installation

Hands On Review of Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat

The seat comes with its own bag which is great for packing up for grandma’s, taking on trips for the rental car, and switching between cars at home.

picture of Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat Carrying BagSee how flexible the product is below. This makes for great travel and a more streamlined fit. I think it is a remarkable idea especially for a booster. It makes big kids not feel like it is so much of a ‘car seat’ because they cannot feel a hard, padded back like they would a traditional car seat.

picture of Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat is Flexible
See the flexibility of the Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat

Installation is made easy by Safety 1st with their Safe Guard clip. It is easy to adjust too as each car’s latch system is different. Installing is really easy, just snap in the Safe Guard clip to the lower anchors and the top to the Top tether. You can also use your car’s seat belts. When you are not using the Safe Guard clip, it tucks neatly and out of the way into the booster seat base.

picture of Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat Safe Guard ClipMy son is a bigger sized 5 year old. I love that this seat can provide the 5 point harness protection up to 65lbs! This is the safest way to travel. Elijah had some complaints on being back in a harness system. I just explained to him that it is the safest way for him and that it is my job as his mom to keep him safe. He’s getting use to it now. He actually likes that his head has a place to rest when he falls asleep. I think that if you continue your child from a car seat to a 5-point harness system booster seat that you will not have the issue of kids feeling like they are ‘too big’ for the 5 point harness system. It is just a little difficult to go back to the harness after you’ve been away from it for a year already.

picture of Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat 5 point harness for up to 65lbsThe backless version of the Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat is so easy to install, just pop it in the car and strap your kid in with the shoulder and lap belt.

picture of Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat backless booster
Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat as a backless booster

I only have 2 kids so fitting car seats in the back seat is easy.  Sometimes, I like to pick up my niece to take her to the zoo and with Elijah’s old booster seat, I hardly could fit the 3 seats in the back. In fact, I hated to do it because all 3 car seats were leaning just a bit to get them all to fit, although tight and secure. Now, with the Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat, they can all 3 easily fit! The Go Hybrid is slim lined so it is not too big and bulky if you are trying to fit in 3 seats in the back.

picture of My kids in their Safety 1st seats
My kids in their Safety 1st seats

Usually my kids are taking eachother’s toys in the back while I’m driving the car. On some occasions, I do look back and they are holding hands. It happens infrequently but I love, love, love it when it happens. The above picture is what I wish I saw on every trip in the car! I did not bribe them or promise them anything for the picture above, I was just a lucky mom. Elizabeth is sitting in her Safety 1st Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat that we reviewed a couple months ago, she still loves it.

Buy Safety 1st Go Hybrid™ Booster Car Seat

You can buy the Go Hybrid Booster Car Seat in major retailers nationwide, including Sears for $199.99. You can also purchase it on Amazon.com by clicking below.

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581 thoughts on “Safety 1st Go Hybrid™ Booster Car Seat Review

  1. Tiffany Schmidt says:

    I love that Safety 1st takes the time to figure out convenience and safety. Who would have thought a booster seat could be packaged up and carried on a plane!!

  2. Cindy Orley says:

    This booster seat does package up well so that when you get to your destination, you will have a booster seat. However, this booster is not intended for use on an airplane.

  3. carol says:

    I love Safety 1st, they have the patent on so many different technologies for car seat safety, and I especially appreciate the Side Impact safety.

  4. Angie H. says:

    Safety 1st has a lot of great booster seat products. They really seem like they want to stay ahead and offer the best features on their seats.

  5. Stephanie V. says:

    Air Protect™ Technology is the most innovative safety feature ever offered in a car seat. It is a technology that protects our children at their most vulnerable – the head. My little buy is getting ready for a booster and this looks great for all of our travels!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  6. ade says:

    The Air Protect Technology is great. It looks like it really protects little heads. But honestly I think these booster seats just LOOK really cool. They look hip.

  7. Jenny D says:

    Wow I think this booster seat is really great! A lot of big kids wont want to use one but with how comfortable this looks, they just might be okay with it!

  8. Debbie says:

    I like the idea that it starts out with the 5 point harness and then as the child gets older it can convert to just the bottom portion and can be used for a child up to 100 lbs!

  9. Andrea Paetkau says:

    I love that they have Air Protect technology that shields children from side impact intrusion and reduces crash forces around a child’s head.

  10. sarah woods says:

    Car seats take the worry out of driving and allows the concentration for road safety.

  11. Madeline says:

    I’m impressed by their side impact technology that is intended to protect your little one’s head against a collision.

  12. April says:

    I like the Air Protect™ Technology since it’s the most innovative safety feature ever offered in a car seat.

  13. Kristi C says:

    I think the Air Protect Technology is great. I worry about side impacts and this would make me feel a lot safer.

  14. Erica Zimmerman says:

    I have never seen so much attention paid to safety in a booster seat. Safety First shows their innovation with their air protect technology. My child could not ride any safer.

  15. Ellie W says:

    I really like their products. They emphasize safety and that’s the most important thing with children’s products.

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  18. Megan says:

    i just found out about this car seat! it sounds great! what a great product from safety 1st!

  19. mommietj says:

    I love that the Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Car Seat can be folded for travel and storage.

    mommietj at yahoo dot com

  20. fancygrlnancy says:

    THis seat looks awesome.. great for travel.. Seems that Safety first is trying to think of everything to make a parents life easier and safer for the children.

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  23. Carol G says:

    I really like the addition of protection from side impact crashes. It is so noticeable when you see one of those on the news that anybody in the car, including children in a conventional car seat, are going to be tossed from side to side, not just back and forth.

  24. Madeline says:

    Their side impact technology is enough to make me want one. I love that their seats are designed to protect your little one’s head.

  25. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries says:

    I like that their seats have the Air Protect for better side impact protection. I’m a Ohio mom, and I just see putting my son in a booster seat. He is 9, but he weighs 94 pounds and is five foot tall. However, my Grandbebe Jojo now needs a booster seat by law. So we have to go out to get one for him (procrastinators that we are).

    jewell330 at aim dot com

  26. Shawna OBrien says:

    I like this product because it is a 2 in 1 going from a car seat to a booster seat. I also really like that it can accommodate a child all the way up to 100 pounds for those extra large kids like my son.

  27. Shawna OBrien says:

    I “Like” Saftey 1st on facebook & I left a comment on their wall that I entered your giveaway. My FB username is Shawna OBrien

  28. Shawna OBrien says:

    I am an AkronOhioMoms member as I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect as Shawna OBrien

  29. Jessica says:

    I really like Safety 1st products. They seem to been the perfect combination of safety and style

  30. Karen Pochodowicz says:

    It sounds like they have taken considerable effort to protect your children from side impact collisions. I am impressed with the safety of these seats

  31. RachelD says:

    I think Safety 1st products are the best and they have a good selection of styles and colors too!

  32. Merrie L. says:

    I love the Air Protect side impact technology; it would make me feel more secure with my child riding in the car.

  33. Linda says:

    I like their products and they seem to be of very good quality and I like how easy it is to install the booster seat.

  34. Jennifer h says:

    commented here-http://www.akronohiomoms.com/life-family/kids-ages-3-10-play-together-on-backyard-discovery-playset/comment-page-1/#comment-12127

  35. Corrie Gompf says:

    I learned the Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat is tested with an intruding door technique, which best replicates an actual side impact crash.

    Corrie Gompf
    supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

  36. LaurenS says:

    I like that the booster seats have 5 point harness system which most booster seats do not have.

  37. Tabathia B says:

    I like that versus other boosters its more flexible that you can switch between vehicles due to it being backless and easier to manipulate
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  38. Hannah says:

    I think is is a great product and I love that it folds up small for easily using on journeys which involve a change of car. I also like that their website gives you a help guide to installing a booster seat!

  39. Vanessa says:

    I love their booster products. In general, they really put Safety 1st (no pun intended). 🙂

  40. ReggieMann says:

    Ths safety features are great, especially the 5 point harness. The customer reviews on Amazon.com are very positive with one customer stating this seat saved his child’s life in a rollover accident.

  41. Stephanie Hrouda says:

    I like that versus other boosters its more flexible that you can switch between vehicles due to it being backless and easier to manipulate

  42. Jennifer R says:

    I was very interested in learning about their new Air Protect™ Technology. According to their information this is the most innovative safety feature ever offered in a car seat. It is a technology that protects our children at their most vulnerable – the head.

  43. Anara says:

    “Through the precise release of air, Air Protect™ shields children from side impact intrusion and immediately reduces crash forces at the most critical spot: around a child’s head. Air Protect™ does this by extending ride-down, the amount of time it takes to slow a child’s movement in a crash.” I think this is an awesome idea for car seats!

  44. L.D. says:

    Over the years deaths from side impact crashes has increased by 20%. These seats were created with that in mind. I love the features of this seat and would love to win it.

  45. Kellie Conklin says:

    I love the air protect technology and their explanation of it. It shows how in tune the company is to the newest technology and ideas as well as the importance of consumers being informed. I love the variety the brand offers! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kconklin1028@gmail.com

  46. Felicia E says:

    I like that they use the air protect side impact technology on the booster seats, it provides a double layer of security for your child and shields their head.
    felicia.431(at)gmail(dot)com

  47. Anna says:

    The air protect technology that protects their heads and reduces crash force is great to me!

  48. Kimberley W says:

    I’m very impressed with the Air Protect technology and hope that all other car/booster seat manufacturers will follow suit to make their seats safer!

    Many thanks!

  49. Beverly M says:

    The placement of Air Protect Technology on the car seat diverts crash forces away from a child’s head, the most vulnerable place in a side impact crash.

  50. tara says:

    Great Review! I visited the sight- the video is really scary, but really shows how well this booster can protect your kids in an accident. So I love that these seats are so safe.
    Thanks

  51. kathy pease says:

    i think they are great strong ,safe and durable for protecting your most precious 🙂

  52. steven lewis says:

    As the name implies,,Safety is first! As fragile as the human body the Head and neck needs more protection.

  53. s. carter says:

    I just read some reviews of this carseat as I am looking for a gift for a friends. It sounds awesome! Thanks.

  54. Robyn L Norris says:

    I love their products. They seem to take safety very seriously and that is great!

  55. Rosey says:

    I like that the focus of these seats is on safety for the middle-aged group of children.

  56. Helen says:

    Those are probably one of the best booster seats on the market. I like that the back adjusts for height so you don’t have to rethread the harness.

  57. Amber POrter says:

    I like that the air protect protects at the head area, the most vulnerable area.

  58. R Hicks says:

    I think their booster seats are the best out there today considering their air impact technology. Makes you wonder why these were not for sale a long time ago.

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  59. Carrie says:

    I would love any of the safety first boosters. I would feel very comfortable placing my child inone

  60. Angela Winesburg says:

    I love their products, I can be sure that my children are safe and secure when they use them. Thanks for the chance!

  61. mary teneyck says:

    ok, this would be amazing 2 have when I’d have my grandkids or the neighbors with me, in our 7 passer van!~ thanks

  62. Tabathia B says:

    Thanks so much Cindy for hosting such a great giveaway and I have received the Safety 1st Car Seat.

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