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It’s Story Time at Vancouver Island Car Seat Techs…and we’re feeling generous 🙂

Thanks to many of you doing your online shopping via Amazon.ca, shop.ca, and via ebates.ca we have amassed a small nest egg with which to buy you…something. What better way to brighten up this long and frosty winter than with a story!

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We’ve shared many stories with you: traveling with babies, how we became involved in this field, our thoughts on new seats, and more. Now it’s time for you to share your stories with us.

Submit via a paragraph, a photo, or a video. Tell us a car seat related story about something you need, something you want, some problem we’ve helped you solve, something that’s just fun and car-seat related, something inspiring you learned from us or another tech, nominate a friend who could use a little help to keep his or her kids safe in the car and what you’d pick for them. Tell us anything you’d like to share! Please keep in mind your photo, video, or paragraph could be shared with our readers (whether they win or not), so keep personal privacy in mind, and ensure you have the right to share a photo or video of any children pictured. Please include a line with any video or picture of children shared that you are the legal guardian/parent of the child and/or have permission from the legal guardian/parent, and that you give Vancouver Island Car Seat Techs permission to share the picture or video. (If you are not the legal guardian/parent and ultimately win, we will need permission directly from the parent as well.)

We’ll whittle the entries down to our top favourites and then let our readers narrow it down further. The final winner is up to us though! But bonus – a random winner will also get to choose one of several smaller prizes, to be determined based on need and location.

The ultimate first prize winner will get to choose a seat or seats as needed, from a retailer of our choice and eligible for free shipping, to a maximum value of our choosing. The seat must be a good fit for the child and vehicle at the time of the contest close following best practice guidelines. (ie. We won’t be buying a forward-facing seat for a one year old or a booster for a three year old!) We may, at our discretion, choose one or more honorary mentions to win further prizes or our choosing.

To enter your story:

  • Post a photo or video to a file sharing site like flickr, photobucket, youtube, etc.  Provide the URL of the photo or video in the Rafflecopter box below where it asks for it.
  • Or, email it to us. Please don’t email videos, but please do email photos, your story, or email a link to where the photo/video is hosted.  Include your email in the Rafflecopter box below so we know where to look for it.

One entry per household please.

The random winner will be chosen via the Rafflecopter below. One entry for submitting an entry for the first place prize, plus additional entries for liking our page, sharing content, tweeting about us, etc. Please note, you will receive 10 bonus entries if you refer a currently-certified CPSAC tech to our find-a-tech map on the Canadian Car Seat Network page. It must be a tech that is not currently listed. The tech must fill out the form located above the map, and then you can enter their name in the appropriate place below.

Open to residents of Canada 19 and over except where prohibited by law, and excludes the three admins of VI Car Seat Techs and their immediate household family members, and anyone who has won a prize from us in the past six months. Only one entry per household please.

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IMG_4996How fun to come home and find a brand new car seat on the front porch! Since Laura and I (Lindsay) both have new babies, we got the opportunity to review Graco’s new Snugride Click Connect 35. The new Click Connect line involves a different attachment method from the older Classic Connect seats, as well as some structural and shell changes. Depending on the trim level of the seat, it may have a lock off on the base, as well as infant body support and/or harness covers. It states it will fit infants from 4 pounds, making it a great choice for preemies and twins.

Right now, the Snugride Click Connect 35 is available at Toys R Us starting at $220 for the seat on its own. As of this writing, one of the travel systems that includes this seat is on sale for $300 (regular $400) in a trim level that includes infant body support and harness pads. The base, which is compatible with the Snugride Click Connect 35 but not the Classic Connect seats, is now available on its own at Toys R Us for $74.99. Keep an eye out for it as it starts to be available in more locations.

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Before putting it through its paces, I decided to pull out an older Snugride 35 seat and see what the differences are. For ease of identifying in these pictures the older Classic Connect version is beige, while the new Click Connect is black. I noticed right away that the Click Connect is lighter. According to Graco, the new one is a mere 7.5 pounds without the base, more than 2 pounds lighter than the older model, which is a large difference when carrying an infant seat around with an infant in it. Another very obvious difference is the width. The Click Connect no longer has the flare present in the Classic Connect, making the base only 14” across at the widest point, as opposed to 17” of the Classic Connect. The seat itself is also significantly trimmer, making the Snugride Click Connect 35 a strong contender for parents needing a seat that will fit in a 3-across situation. As you can see in the photos above, the dial for changing the angle of the base has been moved to the front of the seat, and on this particular model there is no lock off on the Click Connect. For those wanting a lock-off note that it is available on some models of the SnugRide Click Connect 35, and the stand alone base available for purchase separately also comes standard with a lock-off. The version we were sent for review came with a removable all-weather boot and an infant head support, but no infant body support or harness covers.

We tried out the seat with a variety of children and vehicles. First, the children.

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Our first model is Alexandria, who was 7 days old, 7 pounds 8 ounces, and 20” at the time of these pictures. I was very impressed with how well the seat fit a baby of her size. There was no need for a crotch roll and the harness straps were well below her shoulders on the lowest setting, as required when rear-facing. Other seats (including other infant seats and infant/child seats) often say they will fit babies as small as five pounds, but the lowest harness slots may not actually be low enough to take into account how short newborns are. Remember, the harness slots must be at or below the shoulders when rear facing. This seat definitely doesn’t have that issue and I can easily see a smaller baby still fitting this seat very well. I felt like the seat had plenty of support for her, and I did not miss the body support cushions that some trim levels provide. However, I would use receiving blankets or the provided head support in the vehicle, whichever gave the better fit. Always consult your manual for specifics regarding required or optional infant inserts, padding, body support, head positioners, harness covers, belly pads, etc, but in general, so long as they are not interfering with the correct harnessing of the child, it is acceptable to use tightly rolled receiving blankets for added support as in this picture. The chest clip doesn’t seem huge with such a little baby and the straps were nice and close together. The crotch buckle is small and didn’t dig into her. Please see our YouTube here for a demonstration on harnessing a newborn into an infant carrier, including how to use crotch rolls and receiving blankets safely.


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Our next model is Thea, who is 4 months old and about 16 pounds and 26″ long. Thea normally cries a lot in the car in her usual car seat. Laura found that she seemed much happier in this seat and seemed to enjoy being able to look around more since the sides of the seat are not as deep around her head. She was still on the second from bottom slot with lots of room to grow. Laura loved the smooth adjuster, how light the seat is, and the substantial canopy.


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Guinevere is 5 months old, 16 pounds, and 27” long. Prior to trying out the Snugride I had her in an infant/child seat, and so I was immediately taken by how close together the straps are on her. With a baby her size, I do miss the harness pads, but love how nicely the straps fit on her shoulders. The handle is comfortable to carry around and the seat doesn’t feel overly heavy, even with her inside it. It is easy to get her in and out of it.


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Lastly is Calista, who is 2 1/2 years old, and just shy of 32” and around 25 pounds. While she is well under the maximum weight, she is very close to outgrowing the seat by overall height. This is fairly typical, and most children will outgrow most seats by height before weight. The seat has two sets of loops on the harness strap, providing a better fit for a wider variety of children. For children on the third or fourth slots from the bottom, the outer loops need to be used, resulting in a longer harness to better fit a larger child’s size. Not surprisingly, Calista was over the top harness slot. There was lots of room left on the harness and I could see that even a heavier child at the max end of the height would still have room in the harness. Calista still fit in the seat, with just over an inch left over her head on the shell. It is hard to see that from a frontal picture but she had told me I could take one picture and she held me to that, so I didn’t get a chance to take a good side view photo. See here for a good pictorial on how to check if a child has outgrown a rear-facing seat. She told me she didn’t like how close the harness straps were on her neck at first, but said they were okay when I pulled her shirt up between them and her neck. Otherwise she told me it was comfortable. If this were her seat now, I would be advising her parents to move her into an infant/child seat sooner rather than later due to how close she is to outgrowing it, but there are likely not many other infant seats on the market that a child this size would still fit.

With all the children, we loved how smooth and easy to use the harness adjuster is. The straps are very close together, which is great on smaller babies but we would like to see them a little further apart on the higher settings for older children. I did miss the harness pads, though in the winter it’s fairly easy to pull the child’s clothing up a bit to protect their necks. All our models fit well in the seat and seemed comfortable and happy in it. We were very impressed by how well the seat fit such a wide range of models, from birth to 2 1/2 years old.


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Next we tried it out in a variety of vehicles. Since many parents ask about seats that will fit well in small spaces, I was curious to see how well it would fit in our 1990 2-door Honda Civic hatchback. There is not a lot of room in the back seat, disqualifying many seat options from being able to fit back there, especially at the approximately 45 degree recline angle a newborn needs. I tried the seat both in the center at one of the more upright angles (above left) and behind the driver at a reclined newborn angle (above right) and as you can see it fit with room to spare, especially in the center. I am 5’11” and have long legs and was able to sit comfortably in the seats with lots of room left to drive. This seat would definitely be in the running if I needed an infant seat for a compact car. There is no UAS in this vehicle, but I found the seat belt install with the lap belt in the center to be pretty straight forward. I needed a locking clip to lock the belt outboard as the belts in this vehicle don’t lock except in an emergency. I would likely opt for the base with the lock off if I were purchasing a seat for this vehicle, for ease of use and faster installation.


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The next vehicle is a newer Toyota Yaris, a compact vehicle with a small back seat. On the left is an install with the base using the UAS. Again, the seat installed easily and there was plenty of room for the driver to sit comfortably. The base is equipped with basic hook connectors, which helps to both keep the price of the seat down, and reduces overall weight. I found them relatively easy to use. I tried a baseless install (right) and again found it to be straight forward and to fit nicely with ample room in front for the passenger.


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My van is a 2003 Kia Sedona. I wasn’t surprised that it installed quite easily and quickly with the UAS and seat belt in the middle row. The rear row of my van can be a challenge though, due to a lack of lower UAS and extremely long buckle stalks, and many seats are incompatible in those seating positions. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get the base installed acceptably with the stalk twisted three times and the base at the highest position. As always, try a seat out in your own vehicle before purchasing and consult our vehicle shopping guide if you’re in the market for a new one.


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Laura tried it out in a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL. The leather in this vehicle can make installing seats tricky, but it went in okay with some pressure with both a UAS install and a seatbelt install. There was plenty of room for the front passenger to sit in front of it.

Overall, this seat was very easy to install in all of the vehicles we tried it in. It is a compact seat front to back as well as side to side, making it a good contender for both compact vehicles and situations where a parent may need to install three seats across the same row, and yet it retains the high weight and height limits parents and techs have come to love about the SnugRide 35, and accomplishes it all while still shaving 2.5 pounds off the weight of the carrier.


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One thing we noticed was that in vehicles with flatter seats (particularly the Yaris and Sedona above, but also the Civic), the level indicator never got to the more upright 3+ month level, even with the base at the lowest position. This means it is unlikely to need pool noodles to achieve the proper recline for a newborn (bonus!), but you may not be able to get it more upright for older babies. Reading through the manual, having it at the more upright angle for babies 3+ months seems to be optional, though it is worth noting that some babies are happier with the seats more upright once they have the neck control to handle it. My daughter does not seem bothered by being a little bit more reclined than she was in our infant/child seat. For baseless installs, there is a line on the side of the seat to ensure that it is at the right angle for an infant. There is only one line when baseless, regardless of the infant’s age or size. Note that the handle must be in the upright position at all times for use in vehicles.

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Overall, this seat is an excellent value for the price. It would be a great choice for parents expecting twins or with a history of preterm infants, is an excellent fit for an average newborn, and will fit smaller babies comfortably right into toddlerhood while also being a good choice for parents with larger babies who want to keep them in an infant carrier as long as possible. We loved how narrow and compact it is compared to older versions, the ease of install, and the wide variety of children and vehicles it fit well in. It is nice that there are alternate trim levels available for parents who would prefer a lock off on the base or are interested in infant body support and harness pads. After using this seat for the last several weeks, I definitely feel that it deserves its spot on our favourites list. For help installing, please don’t hesitate to contact a tech, we now have both a Vancouver Island and a Canada-wide list.

We would like to thank Graco Baby Canada for providing the seat used in this review. All opinions are our own.

Graco Baby Canada is also giving away a Snugride Click Connect 35 to one of our lucky readers in Canada. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Make sure to leave a blog comment letting us know what you look for when you are shopping for a new seat. If you do not have a child who would fit, feel free to enter on behalf of someone you know who could use the seat for themselves. Good luck!

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THANK YOU! Help us celebrate our 2nd birthday as Vancouver Island Car Seat Techs with our very first seat giveaway contest! And exciting news to add — our giveaway is co-sponsored by car-seat.org!  Knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly since 2001, we have learned much from the community there and are so thrilled with their support.

Thank you to all of the parents and caregivers who have been with us from the beginning, and welcome to those who have just joined us.  Thank you to all the amazing techs who have inspired us!

Enter to win a car or booster seat of your choice from Amazon.ca up to a value of $200. Seat must show as in stock and available for free shipping within Canada from Amazon, be from one of our favourites lists (of infant seats, infant/child seats, child/booster seats, or dedicated boosters), and ideally used according to best practice.  If you are the lucky winner but your seat of choice exceeds $200 don’t despair – we’ll work something out!

Laura, Lindsay and Jen have put hours and hours into our Facebook page, website, and YouTube channel, developing resources and answering questions.  With eight daughters between us we are busy – but this is our passion.  We love it, and we know we are making a difference.  So help us reach more people by sharing our resources and earning extra entries in the process!

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Laura, Lindsay & Jen - cold and bedraggled after a long, wet car seat clinic!
Laura, Lindsay & Jen – cold and bedraggled after a long, wet car seat clinic!

 

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Updated December 2019.

You’ve done the research, bought the right seat for your child and situation, and had it checked by a tech and properly installed. All of this is to keep your child safe in the event of a crash, though everyone hopes it will never happen to them. But if you are involved in a crash, what now?

Hopefully no one was seriously hurt. Document everything, and take photos if possible.  Call the police if necessary.  If a child needs medical assistance sometimes the first responders will keep them in their car seats for transport – they’ll cut the seat right out of the vehicle as the seat itself acts like a backboard of sorts.  And then…

Photo Credit: CPST Megan Robertson
Styrofoam dented from impact with child’s head.  Photo Credit: CPST Megan Robertson

Can I keep using my seat after a crash?

The short answer is, probably not. The forces in even a minor crash can compromise the plastic and/or webbing on a seat, even if you can’t see any damage. There is no way to re-certify a seat after a crash, and no one in Canada is authorized or able to check and approve crashed seats for re-use, despite claims to the contrary that we sometimes see online.

If you are unsure whether your seat is safe for re-use, check the car seat manual or call the manufacturer. The majority of manufacturers say you must replace your seat after any crash, even a minor one, and even if the seat is not occupied. Even unoccupied, the seat has still been subjected to forces along the belt path and (in the event of a forward-facing seat) top tether.

There are a very few seats that may be safe to reuse after a minor crash, as defined by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), which is a US organization. Check your car seat manual to find out if yours is one of them.  Your manual, if applicable, will state a list similar to this if the seat does not require replacement after a minor crash.

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These seats were not cut or moved after this crash; this is how much the belts stretched.
  • The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site;
  • The vehicle door nearest the safety seat was undamaged;
  • There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants (this includes neck or back pain);
  • The air bags (if present) did not deploy; AND
  • There is no visible damage to the safety seat

Since you’re not advised to use the seat again even once how do you get home from a crash scene?  If possible have someone bring a seat to you — a new one purchased en route, or maybe a parent friend has a similarly sized child and can deliver you home in their seat.  Send one parent via taxi to a store to pick one up, or home to get a spare from your other vehicle or basement.  Do what you can as ideally no child will ever ride in that crashed seat again.

One of the most common questions we get when it comes to crashes, is whether a particular crash “counts”.  Questions like “I backed into a post in the parking lot” or “I bounced off the snow bank and there’s a tiny dent in the bumper.” Unfortunately, this isn’t a judgment call we as techs can or should make. If there is any doubt as to whether the crash warrants replacing the seats, you should call the car seat manufacturer themselves and talk to them. Note that Transport Canada itself states that child restraints should be replaced after any crash, no matter how minor, and does not follow the US NHTSA guidelines.

If the vehicle damage is being covered by insurance, the car seats may be too. Insurance policies of private or public insurance companies can vary widely. Some insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with when trying to have car seats replaced, even if the policy does cover them. Being firm, pointing out the replacement requirement in the car seat manuals, and remaining insistent can work. Remember that even an unoccupied seat needs to be replaced.  If you continue to have difficulty with your insurance company please be in touch with us and we’ll see if we have any ideas specific to your situation.

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Seats were moved by first responders to access injured passengers in the 3rd row.

Try to avoid having the insurance company pay you a prorated amount based on the age of the car seat because to replace it, you have to pay full price. Generally they will want a receipt for the old seat and a receipt for the new one, and will give you an amount for the lesser of the two values. Depending on your adjuster, they may insist you purchase the exact same seat. If you don’t have your old receipt, usually sending them a listing of the car seat online will be enough.

If the vehicle is not covered under insurance, it should fall to the person who is at fault to cover the cost of replacing the car seats.  In the event of a severe crash, the car seat manufacturer themselves may replace the seat for you in exchange for the crashed one. They often find it useful to examine seats involved in “real world” crashes to aid in the research, development and design of future restraints. Contact the manufacturer of your seat to inquire about this option.

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Dismantled seats after a crash. Credit: CPST Megan Robertson
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As for what to do with the old seat, you can keep the cover off the seat if you want, for use or for sale for another identical seat, but everything else including the harness should be destroyed or recycled. Sometimes a local car seat technician might like the seat to use for training purposes, and we have exemptions to use seats for this purpose from Health Canada. Some areas have recycling depots that will take old car seats. Otherwise, it will need to be thrown out. Cut the straps and padding, write “Crashed, do not use” on the shell, even take a hammer or a saw to it, and bag it up so it isn’t obvious what it is. Do not under any circumstances sell or pass on a seat that has been in a crash, however minor. This is also one reason it is not recommended to buy a used seat unless you trust the seller with your child’s life, as damage from a crash is not always obvious and you don’t know if the seller has been in a crash and chose not to count it as such.

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Very minor injuries occurred in this crash thanks to properly installed seats.  Credit: Rachel

If insurance is covering the cost, they will normally want proof that the seat has been destroyed and will not be reused. Often the body shops or mechanic shops fixing the cars are able to do this and will destroy and dispose of the seat for you. Some insurance companies may collect the seats themselves.

Remember also to contact your vehicle manufacturer about whether your seat belts should be replaced (if seats were installed with seat belt), and/or whether the lower anchors or top tether are still safe to use (if seats were installed with UAS).

As always, if you need any tips or advice on choosing a new seat, dealing with insurance, or making sure you have a proper install in a new seat and/or vehicle, you can contact a tech or ask on our Facebook page for help.


Special thanks to those who shared their photos with us for this post. To read more of the stories behind some of the pictures, see:

Anne’s story: Why I Do What I Do

Rachel’s story: Is rear facing safe when you’re rear ended?

Casey’s story: My crash story

Certified Children's Restraint Systems Technician Laura Hagen attempts to install three car seats across the back seat of an SUV.  A challenge, but ultimately a success!Vancouver Island now has nine new Children’s Restraint Systems Technicians, nationally certified with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada, having just completed three days of intensive training. The busy weekend culminated with a public seat check event that was very well attended by Valley parents.

The new technicians got ample hands-on experience, with supervision from Instructor Jen Shapka, and experienced technicians Laura Hagen and Lindsay Wilson. 33 seats were checked in 21 vehicles, and happily included one perfect installation (a rarity, unfortunately). Misuse was corrected, parents were educated, and many more children are now traveling safely in the car thanks to the efforts of these technicians.

The classroom space and seat check location were generously donated by Mike MaLaren at Reliable Auto Body. Thanks to all of the parents and caregivers who came out to keep their children safer, and allow the new technicians to have hands-on experience. Now certified, they will take their skills and knowledge with them to their workplaces, hometowns, families, and friends.

For more information about how to become a certified technician, help with a car seat question, or to meet with a technician in person, please visit www.vicarseattechs.com.

We now have a new space on the web! This is still a work in progress and we will be updating and adding new resources and links over the next little while. Your feedback is welcome. Please let us know if you have suggestions for blog posts or any information you would like to see here.

Updated December 2019; retained for archival purposes but now largely irrelevant to caregivers.

“2012 Compliance” refers to CMVSS standards that came into effect on January 1, 2012. See a summary of changes here. Most seats affected by this changeover have now expired.

Anything with a date of manufacturer (DOM) in 2012 or later IS compliant, and thus, may not be specifically named on this list. When in doubt, consult the manufacturer directly with the model number and manufacture date.

 

Baby Trend

Compliant seats have a date of manufacture after mid-late September 2011. Exact date unknown.

 

Britax

Infant seats:

B-Safe is compliant. Unknown when Chaperone became compliant. Companion is not compliant.

Infant/Child seats:

Seats became compliant around July 2011.

Compliant seats: minimum forward-facing weight limit is 22lbs, requires walking unassisted to forward-face.

Compliant seats have a long skinny manual (like a tri-fold brochure shape), non-compliant seats have a shorter, squarish manual.

Child/Booster seats:

Frontier XT and SICT became compliant around July 2011.  Compliant seats have a long skinny manual (like a tri-fold brochure shape), non-compliant seats have a shorter, squarish manual.

Booster seats:

Dates of compliance unknown. Compliant seats have a long skinny manual (like a tri-fold brochure shape), non-compliant seats have a shorter, squarish manual.

 

Chicco

KeyFits with handle UP in the vehicle is the defining clue: if it allows any locked position it is not compliant. If the seat requires the handle up it IS compliant. All KeyFit 30s are compliant.

 

Dorel (Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer)

See this thread here for more specific info.
Dorel is denying the accuracy of the list now, but while incomplete, it appears to be accurate based on what we know for sure.

Infant Seats:

Handle up means the seat is compliant on anything produced in 2010 or 2011. Any seat produced in 2012 is compliant regardless of handle position.

Infant/Child seats:

Scenera –
*compliant as of Jan 13/2011 for model # 22101
*compliant as of Dec 7/2011 for model #22118 (black I think)
*compliant as of Dec 8/2011 for model #22118 Margo colour (pink?)
– physical change on some was no cup holder anymore as the change in shell shape prevented the cup from fitting/working there

OnSide Air
*compliant as of Jan 7/2011 for model# 22142
*compliant as of Feb 7/2011 for model# 22141
*all other model #s are compliant

Complete Air: 2012 compliant models

    • now has an adjustable base on all models
    • ff’ing weight limit raised to 65lbs
    • walking unassisted clearly stated as a requirement for ff’ing both in the manual and on the stickers of the seat.
    • dual line recline indicator.
    • change in shape at the front of the seat

Infant/child/booster seats: 2012 compliant models

  • the elite models had the “tabs” for adjusting the harness height changed from red to gray
  • elite models have the handle for adjusting recline changed to gray. (regular models still have red handle.)
  • rf’ing weight limit is raised to 40lbs, ff’ing weight limit raised to 65lbs
  • have dual line indicators.
  • shell is visibly different at the front edges where a child’s hands would rest
  • walking unassisted clearly stated as a requirement for ff’ing both in the manual and on the stickers of the seat.
  • rf’ing height limit raised to 36″

Child/booster:
Unknown. Possibly the requirement to walk unassisted in the manual and on labels is the defining feature.

Summit –
*compliant as of Aug 8/2011 for model #22559
*compliant as of Oct 7/2011 for model #22806 (glenso colour)
*compliant as of Nov 10/2011 for model #22806 (Vancouver colour)

Booster seats:

Pronto –
*compliant as of Oct 6/2011 for limelight
*compliant as of Dec 7/2011 for pink
*compliant as of Oct 11/2011 for irondale
High Rise –
*compliant as of 9/26/2011

 

Evenflo
Model Name Model Number (begins with) Compliant As Of
Amp High Back 319 10 October 2011
Big Kid No-back Booster 279 9 August 2011
Big Kid Booster 309 5 January 2011
Chase 329 16 June 2011
Embrace 331 30 June 2011
Embrace 35 315 22 August 2011
Generations 65 376 20 June 2011
Momentum 385 26 September 2011
Secure Ride 541 12 July 2011
SureRide all all
Symphony 65 345 7 October 2011
Symphony 65 346 7 October 2011
Titan 65 all all
Titan Elite 370 30 August 2011
Triumph Advance 65 382 7 September 2011

 

First Years/Lamaze

Infant Seat: Lamaze-branded Via 35 – RECALLED – discontinue use.

Infant/child: Lamaze-branded True Fit is compliant.

C670 model (with anti-rebound bar) is compliant IF the seat is labeled to require the shoulder belt opposite the buckle to be routed OVER the lock-off. Some were held back with DOMs as early as January 2010 and re-labeled with this change. Most will be May/June 2010 or later to be compliant.

All models without the anti-rebound bar are not compliant.

Booster seats: Not sure what the defining features might be. Call TOMY (parent company) to ask.

 

Graco

All seats that are compliant have a model number beginning with ’18’ or ’19’ or higher.

Infant seats:

SnugRide 30 – compliant.

SnugRide 35 – two-piece infant padding, handle required to be up, bolsters at front edge of seat, expiration of 7 years, and 4lb minimum all changed on compliant seats.

SnugRide (with 22lb weight limit) – handle required to be up and expiration of 7 years on compliant seats

Infant/child seats:

MyRide – compliant seats have a two-piece infant support/cushions, bolsters on the front corners of the seat

Comfort Sport – not compliant

Child/Boosters:
Nautilus: Forward-facing weight limit increased to 22lbs on compliant seats. Expiration also changed to 10 years from DOM.

Nautilus Elite – compliant.

Boosters:
Turbo Booster: Model numbers beginning with 18 are compliant. Expiration also changed to 10 years from DOM.

Affix – compliant

 

Peg Perego

The 30/30 is compliant. All car seats manufactured from December 2010 to present meet the new 2012 regulations. They also expire within 7 years. Anything before that date is non-compliant and will expire within 5 years from the manufacture date.

The Peg Convertible and the newest infant seat 4.35 are both compliant, having DOMs in 2012 or later.

 

Sunshine Kids (now Diono)

No Sunshine Kids-branded seat is 2012 compliant. Some passed by crash testing but not by labelling or manuals.

Last updated July 2019.

Flying with your child?  Here’s how to deal with car seats, in order of preference:

1) Buy a ticket for your baby. A ticketed child, regardless of age, is allowed to use a car seat on board the air craft (nearly all seats for sale in Canada and bearing the National Safety Mark are certified for use on an air craft).  Safer for your child, safer for other passengers (your child won’t be a projectile), and safer for your car seat.  Use a rolling, folding luggage cart to roll through the airport.  Have more than one seat? Bungee them together! Click here to read the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada‘s position statement on the need for all passengers to be safely seated on flights.

2) Arrange to have a seat at your destination, either borrowing from a trusted source or buying a new one (ordering online and shipping to your destination is a possibility).

***You still don’t want your child to be a projectile though. Consider using a CARES harness on board the aircraft, which restrains your child using the lap belt on the plane.  They’re for use with children between 22 lbs and 44 lbs, and up to 40″ tall, but please note there’s no crotch buckle so smaller kids can squirm out. After 40 lbs or so the plane’s lap belt is usually sufficient.  Click to see where to buy a CARES harness.  They cost around $100, and are lightweight and small, so can easily be stowed in a carry on bag for boarding.  Please, however, disregard CARES’ advice to ‘check your car seat and use a CARES harness instead.’

3) Box your car seat, in the original box if possible, and well-padded with pillows or clothes. Check it as special luggage.  It may be free if in the original box.

 

Much less desirable options from our perspective:

  • Gate check your car seat.  Walk it down the jet way, leave it at the door to the plane, and hope it’s there at your destination. No guarantees it won’t get battered in the hold, or it won’t accidentally get loaded onto the conveyors with the rest of the luggage. Inspect it carefully at your destination, removing the cover and looking for damage in any foam, plastic, or webbing.
  • Rent a car seat from a car rental place. You have NO IDEA how it’s been treated – dropped? – crashed? – harness washed or disinfected? – peed/pooped/vomited in? Is the manual there? Is it missing any parts?  Is it appropriate for your child or is your infant being given a booster seat?
  • Check your car seat as luggage. It’s free. Lot’s of people do it. It might get destroyed or lost though. Inspect it carefully at your destination, removing the cover and looking for damage in any foam, plastic, or webbing.

 

Watch the video below to see how car seats are treated when checked. Notice he’s just tossing the car seats on the runway. Car seats aren’t meant to be dropped, let alone tossed onto pavement.

 

This video by the National Transportation Safety Board about the importance of having a seat for all passengers.