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Chicco KeyFit car seat

 
Approximate retail price:
$180
Summary: One of two infant seat models offered by Chicco (along with KeyFit 30).
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Type: 22 lb. capacity infant seats
About - Chicco KeyFit

The Chicco KeyFit is part of the car seat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, infant car seat models like the KeyFit are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Crash protection:
Evaluation of a seat’s potential for providing an additional margin of safety in simulated 35mph frontal crashes when compared to the performance of similar models. Evaluation is based on injury criteria measured on standardized child-size dummies, head contact with the back of a simulated front seat, and the car seat’s ability to remain intact during the course of testing.

Ease of use:
Includes the clarity of instructions, installing the seat, adjusting harness positions, placing a child in the seat, securing the harness, and removing the child.

Fit to vehicle LATCH:
A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using the LATCH system in a variety of vehicles and how well the seats fit each vehicle once installed.
About This Brand

An Italian company that is one of the newest manufacturers to enter the child-seat market in the U.S., Chicco currently offers only an infant child seat for the U.S. market.

Features & Specs - Chicco KeyFit
info Weight range (lbs.) 4-22
info Height range (in.) 30" or less
info Carrier weight (lbs.) 9
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User Reviews - Chicco KeyFit
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4.0
Easy to Use
8/31/2015
Pros
Easy to Adjust
Easy to Clean
Easy to install
Safe
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Infants
Newborn
Comment:
I am just starting to research my next car seat, so I thought I would provide a review of the Chico Keyfit which we have been using for the last nine months. <br /><br />We went with an infant car seat for our first seat based on the fact that they are safer than the convertible car seats that grow with your baby. The down side of that decision is you have to buy another car seat at about 9-12 months. <br /><br />We have been very happy with the Chico Keyfit. We also have two car seat bases for the car seat and the big stroller that also goes with this car seat (the car seat can click into the stroller).<br /><br />First, the best part of the Chico system in my mind is the safety ratings and the structure of the seat. It is very well constructed and study, it also is a little heavy b/c of that fact.<br /><br />Second, the car seat bases are great, just click the seat in and out. Once the bases are installed, which is very easy, you can click the seat in with baby. We each have a base in each car, so its easy to switch from one car to the other. It is also easy to install without the base, using a seat belt. We traveled 4 times with our infant in the first 9 months and it was easy and quick to install the car seat in rental cars or family cars. <br /><br />While our baby is starting to outgrow the seat, it is adjustable in many ways to grow from tiny newborn (our baby was early) to 9 month old. The padding all comes off for easy washing.<br /><br />My only real complaint on design features are as follows: First, the canopy is too shallow, especially here in Florida. It really needs another 5 inches in order to shield baby from sun. Second, once we moved the shoulder straps to the top position, the head rest pillow interferes with the straps.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
This infant seat likely saved our son's life
8/4/2015
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Clean
Easy to install
Safe
Sturdy
Cons
Best Uses
Infants
Newborn
Comment:
We bought the Chicco KeyFit two years ago for our first child and used it for the second as well. We chose it based on the excellent safety rating and this paid off when we were involved in a severe roll-over collision last week. Our seven week old son was completely unharmed. We have already replaced the seat, but opted for the Chicco KeyFit 30, simply because our son is a much heftier infant than our daughter was.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
A good purchase
5/1/2015
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Clean
Easy to install
Lightweight
Safe
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Best Uses
Infants
Newborn
Comment:
After doing a lot of research we purchased the Chicco Keyfit 30 as the first car seat for our infant son. Our son is at the low end of the growth chart, but has always fit very comfortably in the seat. He is now approaching 11 months and 18 lbs, and we are looking to transition him to a convertible seat, mostly because he is getting too heavy to carry in the bucket. <br /><br />We love that the Keyfit is so easy to take in/out of the car. The base installs incredibly easy with the LATCH system, and is easy to tighten and level with the bubble level indicator. It is on the lighter end of the spectrum for buckets, making it easier to lift from house to car to stroller. The straps are easy to tighten, and the buckle adjusts easily. Although you do have to re-thread the harness straps when adjusting for height, or taking off the cover for washing, it is a pretty simple process to get it all back together again.<br /><br />There are two annoying pitfalls for this seat. First, the the lack of buckle holders to hold the straps out of the way when getting your child into the seat; and second, the ridiculously small canopy. Even with the flip-out visor (hidden under the front edge of the canopy) the canopy is still less than sufficient. With these two fixes I would say this could be close to the perfect seat (although in fairness, I've never used another). <br /><br />One other note, given that our son is small we will never come close to reaching the maximum weight for this seat. However, for bigger babies out there it would probably be a good feature.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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