Gabby - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
We got this seat hoping for a very small airplane friendly option that could handle a preemie and still work well for a few years until our child would be old enough to use the Ridesafer harness system. It's certainly small, but it's so narrow in the actual seat space that our 16 month old couldn't fit without her shoulders being scrunched, and she's small, only in the 20th percentile. Additionally, the frame was styrofoam with a plastic shell underneath, and on researching further other reviewers complained of it disintegrating within one or two years of use.
The final issue was that the harness and padding combined to force her shoulders down much more than in her other car seat. Yes, we know how to buckle her in safely. An annoyance with the buckle is that you have to slot the two metal "teeth" together before inserting them into the waist buckle. You can't put one half in and then the other.
We currently have the Graco contender 65, and like it very much aside from its height when flying.