What's this? Overall score is based on crash protection, scores for ease of use and fit to vehicle, in LATCH and belt modes, using the car seat with its base. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
Approximate retail price:
Summary:One of two infant seat models offered by Chicco (along with KeyFit 30).
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.
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
Weight range (lbs.) The manufacturers' specifications for the seats - they can accommodate a child weighing from X to Y lbs.
Weight range (lbs.)
Height range (in.) The manufacturers' specifications for the seats - they can accommodate a child from A to B inches in height.
Height range (in.)
30" or less
Carrier weight (lbs.) The weight of the carrier portion of the seat.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By CPST JR
from Houston Tx
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Coming from a Certified CPST
One Layer Side Impact
Id like to begin by saying that I've installed hundreds of infant car-seats of many different manufacturers in many different cars. As a result, I have a far more complete picture of how many of these seats compare. If you are a first time parent this review may prove extremely helpful for you.<br />First, the weight limit on infant car seats above 22 is a sales pitch it is the height limit that actually counts. The average 30lb person is around 3 years old. Expect this product to last about 9 to 12 months. Beware of products that only advertise the weight limit.<br />Second, the weight of the car seat itself is also a sales pitch. Many parents will disagree with me but I've personally tested this theory. Once your baby gets to 10 lbs you will NOT tell the difference between any infant car seat. The Keyfit 30 is about nine pounds which is about average. Beware manufacturers have been caught weighing the seat without the fabric before. <br />Third, comfort for your baby is impossible to determine. Children are fickle human beings who are not capable of making important decisions. Plushness doesn't matter for three reasons, not enough mass to a baby to really apply pressure to the high density foam on any seat. Two, they wear diapers (i don't expect many of you remember the feeling). Three, children don't develop pressure points until their toddler years. If your looking for suggestions to help sooth your baby while you drive The Car Seat Lady's (Debbie Baer) website has a few wonderful suggestions.<br />Fourth, your baby will sweat in his or her car seat and there is very little you can do to minimize it. Foam is an insulator and your baby will give off heat in radiation (Physics). Never add anything to any car seat that wasn't crash tested and approved by the manufacturer. You can void the warranty and legally make it so you can't hold them responsible if it fails. <br />Five, If you do eventually take public transportation or travel consider trying installations without the base on this product because its not nearly the easiest. Many compatibility issues arise for the keyfits without the base.<br />Six, There is a side impact crash testing standard coming into effect in 2018 with which this car seat does not comply with. Many of the car seats on this website crash test to a side impact standard they created themselves. Make of that what you will. I cannot wait until CR starts doing crash testing to this new standard. That way we can have a much more precise picture of how this seat would perform in what I believe accounts to about 40% of Real World Collision.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from doylestown, pa
(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Not really impressed
Difficult to Set Up
Hard to Install
For whatever reason, my son HATES this carseat. doesn't matter if we are using it in the car or stroller. Within 10 minutes he is screaming and drenched in sweat. I don't know if it's too hot or the straps are too tight or if it's reclined too much and aggravating acid reflux... i have no idea. But he hates it and we haven't been able to figure out why. So now we're shopping for a convertible carseat so that we can hopefully find something he'll tolerate.