The safety of our children is paramount in most parents minds, but most of us don’t have endless budgets either. The Safety 1st Complete Air 65 Car Seat is a great choice for the average family who doesn’t want to sacrifice safety and doesn’t have money to burn. The Complete Air is not a “cheap” seat, it has an MSRP of $179.99, putting it in the mid-range cost wise. Where this seat shines is in it’s innovative side impact protection, and the wide weight/height range it can accommodate.
- rear-facing: 5-40 pounds and 19″-40″
- front facing: 22-65 pounds and 34-52 inches
As most parents know, leaving your child in a rear-facing position is the safest way to position them. This seat enables you to keep your child rear-facing all the way up to 40 pounds, granted most of us will probably turn them around a little sooner, but it is good to have the option. My old seat (which was far more expensive) only allowed rear-facing placement up to 35 lbs/33″. My daughter is tall, so I had to switch her long before she hit 35 lbs. She is now 36 pounds / 40 1/2″ so I had to switch her to this new seat a few weeks ago. This is now her third seat and she is only 3 1/2 years old. While I don’t regret buying the small detachable car seat she used up to around 11 months, it was great for getting around with her, I do regret the too expensive seat she just grew out of. It was a waste.
Complete Air Side Impact Technology
Side impacts collisions are very deadly for children. They account for roughly a third of child fatalities. Almost all due to head trauma. Safety 1st’s Air Protect Technology is a pretty simple concept. Have air cushions ready on the sides of the head area, to soften the impact during a collision. Check out this video to see impact testing in action, and for a more detailed description of how it works.
Is the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 Easy to Install and Use?
I am no car seat pro by any means. I have had my husband install our last two seats, then show me how they worked. If I could figure out the out-of-the-box installation in a few minutes, anyone can. I un-boxed it about 15 minutes before leaving to pick by daughter up at preschool. After glancing over the directions, I was able to install, and adjust it to accommodate her, and still had time to spare before I needed to leave to get her. Adjusting the tether was easier than in her old seat, other than that, just loop the seat belt through the back, and use the latch on the front of the seat to adjust the harness.
M was very pleased with her new “big girl” seat. Mommy was also pleased with the loud click the lap belt makes when locking into place. I always had to recheck the old one, since it did not make this sound, and often did not properly latch. I also liked that the top latch was designed to make it more difficult for little hands to unlatch themselves.
All in all, I was very pleased with the Safety 1st Complete Air 65. For those looking to purchase a convertible car seat, I would say this would be a great seat to consider. The Safety 1st Complete Air 65 is available at Babies R Us.
Disclosure: Product sample was provided for the purpose of review. All opinions presented here are entirely my own.
Car Seat Giveaway
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Congratulations to the confirmed winner Peggy.