Excellent quality; easy to install; mostly easy to use
January 24, 2015
I found the installation to be very easy. I installed the seat in the reverse position. I expect the forward facing position to be just as easy, if not easier. The LATCH system is easy as is, but I really like the the quick release buttons on the this model. Our infant seat had just the clips, so it was hard to move the seat from car to car. Even installing the seat with a lap belt with shoulder harness was fairly easy, but honestly, that kind of installation is always a little difficult and time consuming. Overall the quality of the material is very good. No complaints. Everyday use is mostly easy. The buckle release button can be difficult to press with the seat in the reverse-facing position. Also, I moved the seat to the center of the back seat because with the seat installed on the side it was very difficult fitting our son (who is actually quite small for his age, 15 months; 22 lbs. and 33 in.) in-between the frame of the door and the seat. This is mostly due to the added side impact protection. Also, it was very difficult to buckle him in with the overhead tether in the way. So, I moved the seat to the center seat and that made getting our son in and out very easy. I understand the tether is highly recommended as it increases the safety of the seat, but it is very annoying in the reverse-facing position. I found loosening the harness was difficult at first only because it was hard for me to find the harness adjuster lever. After I found the harness adjuster lever, it is incredibly easy to loosen the harness and there is plenty of slack in the harness (which I really appreciate). In conclusion, orienting yourself with the operation of the seat pays off in spades when you have a screaming child on your hands. Installation is easy. Too bad the car seat is too difficult to use installed right next to the door in reverse-facing position. I was unable to take advantage of the LATCH system with the seat reverse-facing. Otherwise, I would have given 5 stars.
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.