Welcome to my Safety 1st Elite 80 Car Seat Review & Giveaway!!
I was so excited to receive this new car seat from Safety 1st. The Elite 80 air+ 3-in-1 car seat really has it all from infant to convertible to booster, it will last your child for several years. It can fit 5lbs to 100lbs throughout it’s different stages (infant seat/convertible/booster). I have a 22 month old and a 5 year old, both of which are still in car seats. My 5 year old is still harnessed and will be for awhile. She fits in this car seat with no problems, which is unheard of because she is tall, so she easily has easily outgrown the height of many other car seats.
You can see here how well the seat fits both girls and their sizes:
In my opinion, the best feature about the Elite 80 is you do not have to re-thread the straps, all you do is squeeze together the top part of the car seat at the headrest and pull it up (or push down). It makes it so easy to adjust, which means you can use the car seat for more than one kiddo, which is great too.
To tighten the straps it’s just like the rest of the car seats, pull the strap that is down between the legs at the front of the seat. To loosen the straps, push the metal button inside the front of the seat where the strap you use to tighten comes out of. ALWAYS make sure straps are nice and taut (snug as a hug), no twisting, and chest clip should always be at armpit level. It’s a chest clip, not a belly clip! The crotch strap is easily moved to different positions as well and fit both of my girls well.
This seat also has 4 different positions to be reclined, which is wonderful for newborns/infants, when rear facing. I also thought the color coded belt paths and informational stickers on the car seat itself was a great little guide if you didn’t have your car seat manual at hand. You can use this car seat rear facing as well as forward facing.
Did you know the AAP now recommends to rear face your child until at least 2 years of age or the limits of the car seat? This Safety 1st Elite 80 rear faces until 40lbs! My 5 year old could fit rear facing in this car seat, which is awesome. In some European countries, such as Sweden, they have a law to rear face children to 4 years or more. They also have almost 0 fatalities of young children. In the US, traffic accidents are number 1 in fatalities of young children. Rear facing is 500% safer than forward facing and it’s a fact! Don’t turn your child at age 1 and 20lbs just because you can…as a parent we don’t do the minimum for our children, do the MAXIMUM for your child!
Check out all of the key features on Safety 1st’s infographic:
I loved how easy this seat was to install. The LATCH connectors just click right on with the push button LATCH connectors, and it’s easy to tighten and get a great install. I have installed a ton of different car seats, and this was one of the easiest I have installed. I had this one installed tight (didn’t move more than an inch side to side) and correctly as well as anchored within 3 minutes.
For more detailed information about correct car seat usage and safety please see my detailed Car Seat Safety post. It’s a great post because over 95% of people are using their car seats incorrectly, and I cover everything you need to know.
This information is directly from Safety 1st’s website about the Elite 80 air+:
Super-extended weight range, Rear-facing 5-40 pounds, Forward-facing 22-80 pounds, and Belt-positioning booster 40-100 pounds. Air Protect® advanced cushion system protects your child’s head, where it’s needed most GCell HX™ patented foam with hexagonal shapes inside the seat provides superior body protection. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection
- Easy to identify color-coded belt paths and installation labels
- Durable, steel-reinforced metal frame
- QuickFit™ Harness system with Center Front Adjustment
- 10-position headrest grows with your child
- No re-thread harness
- 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle
- 2 integrated cup holders on other side of car seat
- Push button LATCH
This car seat is a little on the bigger side, so I wouldn’t recommend it for smaller vehicles. In the picture I have it installed in the 2nd row of my Ford Explorer, I had the front seat all the way back, so it does show a small amount of leg room, but that was easily fixed. I do love the size of it because it provides a lot of cushioning and protection for my kids. The two cup holders are a nice addition as well. The Safety 1st Elite 80 is available exclusively at Babies R Us, and was just released July 2013.
One Lucky Winner will receive a Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 Car Seat, valued at $229.99.
US Residents, 18 and up only.
One entrant per household.
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