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.
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Summary:One of the infant models offered by Safety 1st (See Onboard 35 and Comfy Carry Elite Plus), a division of the Dorel Juvenile Group.
The Safety 1st onBoard35 Air is part of the car seat
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, infant car seat
models like the onBoard35 Air 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
One of the brands offered under the larger Dorel Juvenile Group company, Safety 1st is well known for its home safety products, but also makes play and travel safety products. Safety 1st offers the widest range of products in the Dorel group.
Features & Specs - Safety 1st onBoard35 Air
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.)
32" or less
Carrier weight (lbs.) The weight of the carrier portion of the seat.
When we first tried to install the base, the straps on the latch system were upside down and we could not install them without twisting them. We called Safety 1st informing them of the defect and they sent us a free base. They told us to throw out the defective base.<br /><br />Installation of the base is easy with the latch system and not too difficult with the seat belt. We had the installation verified by our fire department. We've taken the seat on the airplane and used the seat belt without the base.<br /><br />There are inserts that come with the car seat. The newborn inserts held the baby's head well. We used it for the first two months. We used the infant insert until about 6 months. I should note that our child is small (5th percentile). We switched to a larger car seat at 11 months.<br /><br />I have few minor issues with the seat:<br />1) Over time, the right shoulder strap was a bit sticky. Every time I put the baby in the seat and pull the straps tight I had to re-adjust them to make sure both the left and right sides were equal.<br />2) You can't just place the seat in the base. You need to push down on the end (albeit lightly) to make sure the seat clicks into place.<br />3) The baby can get hot in the car seat so I always had to make sure that the temperature in the car was comfortable. I believe this is an issue for all infant seats, especially if you use the inserts.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
How long have you owned it:
By Yuri Nazarov
from Brooklyn, NY
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Good for babies under 20 lbs
Should be rated 22 lbs
I got 2 of these for my newborn twins. Loved them in the beginning, but once he babies reached 20 lbs and 26 long, the seat became too narrow (despite the seat's 35 lb rating). At 20 lbs, the babies barely fit into the seat with a single layer of clothing. I bought this seat because the store didn't have the cheaper Safety 1st Onboard (non-air version) in stock, and now regret that decision. Other reviewers on the internet seem to have the same problem.For the price ([$] at BuyBuyBaby) this is a very poor deal, given that they lasted me for 4 months and now have to be replaced with larger seats.I didn't have the locking into the base problem that other reviewers had. Dorel's customer service was unhelpful.