Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Editor's note: Graco recalled various models of convertible car seats and booster seats in February 2014 due to a possible defect with the harness buckle. Learn more.
What it is: When it comes to car seats, safety is the most important thing, and this convertible seat gives you all the peace of mind you could ask for. It's no one-trick pony either – this seat can grow with your child from 4 to 70 pounds, and be positioned rear-facing or forward-facing. And children can remain rear-facing until they weigh 40 pounds instead of the usual 35 (another plus for parents of larger kids). Perhaps the most important feature is the Safety Surround design, which offers unparalleled side-impact and head protection that will protect your child through each age and stage.
Parents give special thumbs-up to the Simply Safe Adjust ™ harness system – a one-hand, height-adjustable headrest with a no-rethread harness, which automatically adjusts the harness shoulder position to fit your growing child. For ultimate comfort on the road, the seat has two buckle positions, eight positions for the headrest, and three positions for reclining. Weighing in at just over 20 pounds, it's several pounds lighter than many other models and works well in smaller cars.
What to watch out for: With all that fabulous cushioning, there seem to be many nooks and crannies into which crackers and crumbs can hide.
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