Cheap, comfortable and will fit in a small car – three things that the Safety 1st 65 Convertible Car Seat offers given the price point of below USD 100. Although probably one of the lightest and narrowest convertible car seat there is nowadays, the rest of what the seat is can be a challenge in my opinion.
Here’s what I found out about this seat.
|Rear-Facing Weight:||5 to 40 pounds|
|Rear-Facing Height Limit:||19 to 40 inches|
|Forward-Facing Weight:||22 to 65 pounds|
|Forward-Facing Height Limit:||34 to 52 inches|
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The above are the seat dimensions when assembled. When used in airplane trips, just take note that it might not fit a small plane aisle.
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|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||Yes|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing?||No|
|Easy To Install Forward-Facing?||Yes|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
There are several factors that make the installation in the rear-facing mode a challenge – especially to first-time parents who would be dealing with car seat installation for the first time.
The first factor is the LATCH strap. It is hard to grab it. After which, tightening the straps correctly would need you to exert some serious effort.
The level indicator which usually comes as a bubble or a ball bearing is not available. However, they do have a sticker on the side to help you make it parallel with the ground. It’s not very easy to verify the line on the car seat if it is already parallel with the ground.
When tightening the LATCH strap, the seat seems to have a tendency to lean back too far, so you might, therefore, have to always adjust recline position.
The next issue with rear-facing installation is the recline. You will need a pool noodle or a rolled towel to help you recline the seat instead of the built-in easy to use recline that some high-end seats come with.
This video installation of the Safety 1st 65 Convertible Car Seat is saying that you can do it without using a pool noodle.
|Country Of Origin:||USA|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||No|
Given that it only has the basic side impact protection and it is not made of a steel body frame, parents are still confident that, when installed correctly, it will keep your child safe.
The quality of the buckles is not very good and can get stuck after several months.
The straps also seemed thin and flimsy, although it is nice that they have a one-button adjustment for the straps. It is also not easy to pull the front strap so as to tighten the harness to the passenger.
|Is The Material Breathable?||Yes|
|Seat Weight:||14 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Removable body pillow|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With A Cup Holder?||Yes|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||No|
|Leg Straps Has Pads?||No|
Although the seat could use some more cushioning, it is still relatively comfortable given the price point.
Weighing only 14 pounds, it is relatively light. Because of its weight, it can be an excellent choice to lug with you for air travel.
You will have to take the seat out of installation to adjust the height straps as your child outgrows the slots.
Different colors are priced differently, but the most expensive color is still affordable, priced just below USD 100.
The removable padding is too removable. Because the interior pieces are not attached to the seat, it sometimes sticks to the passenger and doesn’t stay in place. There are also instances that some parents’ seats started to fray after just a few months of using.
The Safety 1st 65 Convertible Car Seat is lightweight but there are seats with the same weight or even lighter than it.
One good thing I see about the recline issue in the rear-facing is that it can recline pretty far up which is good for younger babies sleeping in the car. But because the lowest strap slot is way too high for a young infant, it will probably, still not give you a safe fit.
Installation should be the easiest because that’s what will dictate the overall safety of your kid. It’s a major safety issue especially in the rear-facing mode if you cannot do that properly.
It doesn’t have the bells and whistles – in fact, they are not necessary so that is okay. IF only this seat be installed correctly and easily, it will probably be an “okay” seat given the price point. But because it does not even manage to blow us away with even just one feature, I would say save your money for something better.
I highly suggest that you read what other parents who got this seat have to say.
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