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Chicco KeyFit
 
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 4 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.
 
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.
 
4.0
Great Seat. Comfy for Baby. A little hvy
10/31/2012
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to install
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Infants
Newborn
Comment:
This seat was great when my son was very young. We used it from the time he came home from the hospital (6lb, 9 oz & 19) to when he was 10 months. The seat was super-easy to click into the base. The click was loud, reassuring us that we had the seat secured. Our son always slept easily in it, so I assume it was comfortable. We were hoping to get more use from it, assuming we could use it until he was the max weight of 30 lbs. At around 20 lbs, though, the carrier plus the baby was very heavy to lug around. My husband could lift it, but I couldn't. It should realistically be used as a carrier only until around 20 lbs, then the seat should stay in the car. My son quickly outgrew the length of the seat, too. Very good seat overall.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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