5.00 rating Great Car Seat BUT Too Large for our small SUV by Parent, Colorado Springs, CO on January 1, 2004
I gave the seat itself 5 stars - I guess our car gets 3 stars :) The seat is wonderful - easy to install, good LATCH fit, foot on it to level the seat out, nice lining. Unfortunately, we are going to have to return it and get another seat for our soon-due newborn! It's too long (head to foot) to fit comfortably in our car. We don't have center LATCH points, so it has to go behind a seat. The car seat is so long, that once it is installed and at an appropriate level for a newborn, the seat in front of it has to be almost completely upright and pushed forward more than is comfortable for a 5'7" person. For reference, we have a 2003 Subaru Forester. Before you buy this seat, see if you can find a friend that has one...check it out in your car to make sure it fits! I didn't expect it to be a problem - it wasn't with our first child's seat that was smaller. So, the benefit of this carseat (rear facing to 30 lbs!) could be it's downfall for you if you don't have a large vehicle.
5.00 rating great carseat by Mom, CT on January 1, 2004
When I was expecting my first child, a daughter, I had decided that I was going to buy the Graco SnugRide infant carseat. While shopping online I saw the SafeSeat and loved the fact that it has a weight limit of 30 lbs and 32 inches for the height. It's bigger and a little heavier then the SnugRide but I know my daughter will be safer rear-facing beyond her first birthday. Another good thing about this carseat is that after she grows out of it I won't have to buy a convertible carseat because she can go right into the booster seat I already have for her that has a weight range from 20 to 100 lbs. I love this carseat and it's well worth the extra $50. The only thing I didn't like was the fabric, it felt stiff and that's why I bought the carseat and stroller in a different pattern. I installed this carseat a week before I had her with no problem. I highly recommend this carseat!
5.00 rating This is the best car seat out there! I use it in my Combi Twin Savvy by Tara, ME on January 1, 2004
I bought this seat last month when my daughter was 10 months old. I am 28 weeks pregnant and plan on using this car seat for my daughter until the baby is born at which point I will use it for my newborn. My daughter is 21 pounds, 29 inches long. This is too big for any other infant carrier out there, but well within the limits for this Graco Safeseat. I was using the Britax Marathon for my daughter starting around 5 months old because she had already outgrown the 26 inch length limit of the Graco Snugride. We used the Britax until she was 10 months old which is when I discovered this Safeseat. The biggest advantage I see with this seat is (actually there are two)....#1--It is VERY easy to install properly! Much easier than the Graco Snugride. I could never get the snugride base tight enough. I was able to install the safeseat (being 25 weeks pregnant) in about 3 minutes. It comes with a built in locking clip making things easier. #2--Better weight limit and lenght limit. Being able to allow your baby to continue to sleep during outings is a wonderful thing taken away when you must use the convertable forward/rear facing seats. Yes, it is quite heavy to lug around a 20+ pound baby in a car seat. I am currently 28 weeks pregnant and still doing so without problem. I generally don't carry her this way other than to move her from the car to the shopping cart or from the car to the stroller (when she has fallen asleep in the car).
3.00 rating Very Heavy by K.W., USA on January 1, 2004
When I picked this car seat out I was very excited because it held more weight. When I carried it around the store it was not so heavy so I figured no brainer it will last us a while and it matches our stroller. Well when our baby was born I soon found out this car seat is very heavy and hard to get in and out of our SUV with our 11 lb baby in it. So if you are looking for a car seat that is easy to lug around this is not the one. On the flip side it is very nice looking and will last us a while.