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Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat

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$139.00 - $164.71
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Summary: The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1, with its 65 lb. harness capacity, is one of Graco's two toddler boosters seats with high weight limits. It is similar to the Graco Argos 70.
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Type: Greater than 40 lb. harness capacity toddler booster seats
About - Graco Nautilus 3-in-1

The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 is part of the car seat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, toddler booster seat models like the Nautilus 3-in-1 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Harnessed crash protection:
A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.

Ease of use:
Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of the labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat between harness and booster modes and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.

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

One of the world’s best-known names in child-care products. Graco originated popular products such as the Swyngomatic baby swing sold in the 1950s, and later Pack n’ Play portable play yards. Graco has the largest share of the child-seat market in the U.S. and is part of the Newell Rubbermaid group of companies.

Features & Specs - Graco Nautilus 3-in-1
info Weight range harness (lbs.) 20-65
info Height range harness (in.) 27-52
info Weight range booster (lbs.) 30-100
info Height range booster (in.) 38-57
info Seat weight (lbs.) 20
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User Reviews - Graco Nautilus 3-in-1
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This car seat likely saved our daughter's life
Easy to Clean
Best Uses
We bought the Graco Nautilus when our daughter outgrew her infant seat based on the high safety ratings. This truly paid off this week when we were involved in a severe roll-over collision. Aside from being scared from the crash, and being left hanging in the seat until help arrived, she was completely unharmed in the crash.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Head slump while sleeping
Fits In The Car
Serious Head Slump
Best Uses
Larger Kids
I bought this based on the CR rating and reviews.<br /><br />We find that our daughter has a bad head slumping issue while sleeping in the car seat<br /><br />Forum searches show this is a very common issue with this car seat, with no fix aside from buying a new car seat.<br /><br />The recline feature seems ONLY FOR VEHICLE FIT, NOT for COMFORT.<br /><br />Buy something else.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Heavy, hard to install, not stable
Difficult to Assemble
Best Uses
Baby Seats
Purchased two of these seats based on CR recommendation. Previously had Britax that we loved, but this one had a higher rating when it was time to upgrade to a larger seat. Currently shopping for new seats, because these just won't do.<br /><br />Problems:<br /><br />1. The latch system is a simple hook, which is easy to clip, but impossible to tighten so that the seats are stable. Single strap in the rear (for rear harness) coming from the middle of the seat, versus dual straps (from the corners) on the Britax. Plus, once latched to the seat (the primary latch) and tightened with all my weight on the chair, it still moves easily two inches side to side. Even the kids remark that they're sliding around. <br /><br />2. Once installed, the mechanism to loosen the belt in order to de-latch is almost impossible to retract. It has taken me up to 5 minutes to loosen the primary belt. Not convenient when trying to change to different vehicle, take car seats out for air travel, etc.<br /><br />3. The bottom seat belt latch is too short (between the child's legs, making it difficult to buckle and uncomfortable for the child.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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