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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Coming from a Certified CPST
2/5/2015
Pros
Stroller Compatibility
Cons
One Layer Side Impact
Re-thread Harness
Best Uses
Infants
Newborn
Preemies
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Not really impressed
10/21/2013
Pros
Safe
Cons
Difficult to Set Up
Hard to Install
Poor Construction
Uncomfortable
Best Uses
Infants
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Excellent car seat
1/1/2013
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to install
Safe
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Best Uses
Infants
Newborn
Comment:
The car seat is very easy to install and I think it looks cuter than some of the other bulkier carseats I've seen. It does a good job protecting the baby from the elements and can be adjusted for the amount of light you want your infant to get. The baby likes it and it's easy to put her in it (the safety straps are easily adjustable).<br />The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is because I have not owned any other carseats (first time parent).
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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