Thursday, May 13, 2010

Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat Review

Recently I posted about the importance of extended rear-facing. Zoelle is almost three years old and approximately 30 lbs. However, her current car seat only allows her to stay rear-facing until 35 lbs. Based off of the research I have done, I want to keep her rear-facing as long as possible. However, it is difficult to find a car seat that will allow rear-facing beyond 35 lbs. Actually I should say it was difficult until I happened upon Safety 1st.

I received the Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat and was thrilled to learn that it allows me to rear-face my girls from 5-40 lbs. and then I can switch them to forward facing from 22-50 lbs. This car seat will last us forever! What a perfect investment!

As an extended rear-facing promoter, I can't tell you how excited I am that a company like Safety 1st has taken it to the next level and promoted extended rear-facing with this seat!

I also love that it has the air protect side impact technology. When 1 in 3 child fatalities are caused by side impact collisions, I can once again say that I am proud that Safety 1st has taken the car seat industry to a new level with keeping my children's safety ultimately in mind.

In addition to the air protect and extended rear-facing, I loved that it was light (making it easy to switch from vehicle to vehicle). I loved that getting my daughter in and out was simple (as a mom of two, this is a must).

At first, I was a little confused about how to install it rear-facing. However, I then found video of how to install it, which was extremely helpful so I knew I was doing it correctly. My confusion with installing the seat rear-facing was in that I felt it reclined too much in order for the line to be level with the ground. To get it to be installed correctly, I did have to push our front passenger seat up quite a bit for the car seat to fit. It's not typically a big deal as most of the time I drive by myself, but it is something to keep in mind when purchasing this seat. Zoelle didn't seem to mind at all though and I think really enjoyed being so reclined. The recline gave her a little more leg room, which was really nice to have and may encourage others to use this seat rear facing as I know the leg room issue always seems to scare people away from extended rear-facing. To me, safety comes first (no pun intended), so it is worth it.

*Update* It has been brought to my attention by a car seat technician that this seat is actually just fine sitting in a more upright position. The line to level it with is referring to infants who cannot hold their head upright, therefore, unable to sit in a more upright angle. We will be moving ours in a more upright position.

I did install it forward facing too just so you could all get an idea of what that looked like. I love it this way! When she is ready to move forward facing this will be perfect. It is narrow and yet still extremely safe.

Thank you Safety 1st for creating a wonderful car seat that will allow me to protect my children in the car, the best way I can!

*The featured product(s) in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or pr company representing the company. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.


  1. Hi. Great seat, I'm looking to get one for my 3 year old as well. However, the seat is too reclined. I know the manual probably says it's supposed to be a 45 degree angle, but that's only for newborns to about 4 months. You can put it more upright to like 30 degrees for a 3 year old.
    Cute kid, btw.

  2. Hi Spring Bella! You are correct! It was brought to my attention by a car seat tech that I can in fact keep the seat more upright as it is not suppose to be that reclined unless I have an infant. I need to update my post! Thanks! :)

  3. We have the same car seat and we love it! It's comfortable, safe, and stylish (if you can call a car seat stylish...). I highly recommend it to new parents everywhere.

  4. Stephanie, we love it too and I will definitely be recommending it to others!


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