OMG You have to see this!

Whitney - posted on 01/30/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I was looking on-line for carseats. And found one on ebay from China. There is NO WAY I would ever put my child in this thing. It looks like a death trap. It just loops over the headrest/seat of the car and the strap looks like something you would fine on a bouncy seat! It claims to be as safe as a traditional carseat but there is no way it is. I have provided a link. I would love to hear comments on this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/baby-infant-fortable...

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Andrea - posted on 02/02/2011

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Looks cool enough but I see no side impact protection possible in this seat. I'd also like to know what the force rating is on all those plastic buckles, you may as well strap your child into a backpack (same buckles). Finally, it straps around the back of your vehicle seat which is not anchored to the frame of your vehicle. The seat back could conceivable snap off with enough force in an accident. All around, just a bad idea. Keep your kiddos rear facing and 5pt harnessed as long as possilbe. That's their best chance of surviving a crash God forbid you should be involved in one.

Whitney - posted on 01/30/2011

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It is a neat concept but does not look safe at all. A toddlers neck would porabably snap on impact. Not to mention no 9 month old should be forward faced at all. I wouldn't even put my 40 pound, 38 in a half inch tall 2 and a half year old in this let alone a smaller baby/toddler. She was rearfaced until 2 and 35 pounds and still rides harrnessed in a convertable carseat. I agree that for a child that is about 5 or 6, this would be a neat idea though.

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2011

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In regards to the child facing backwards it is different in each country. In Australia we only have to face the baby backwards till they are 6 months old then we turn the seat around and face it forward. They stay in that car seat till 4years of age then a booster seat till they are 7years old. China is most likely similar to us in their child restraints

Colleen - posted on 02/07/2011

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I took a quick look - doesn't look like anything i'd put my children in at any age.



i really did a lot of research for my children and though expensive Britax rocks!!! There were a few problems with other models which i stayed away from but the infant then toddler car seats i purchased from them had top ratings and reviews from many many sites by actual users as well as professionals.



we had a drunk driver hit us, not horrible impact but really jolting, and my son didn't even wake up. (he was in the infant one.)



i truly believe you get what you pay for in strollers, cars seats cribs etc. there are too many issues found out after people's babies have accidents - i won't be a guinea pig for anything so i surely would never subject my little angels to anything not tried and true. do not go cheap - this is one thing you don't want to be wrong about.

Megan - posted on 02/01/2011

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did anyone bother to read the info? It works with the standard seatbelt, and has head and neck support.

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Emma - posted on 02/14/2011

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For a baby NO WAY! But looks just as safe as a normal booster seat that parents are expected to put their 4-7yr olds in these days. But i doubt that seat would meet any of the tough Australian standards. Thank god Australia has such tough standards when it comes to childrens products!!! Or we would see people put their bubs in these horrible seats.

Erica - posted on 02/11/2011

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I dont know about other countries or states, but in the state of Michigan a child is to be in a car seat/ booster seat till they are age 8 or 4'9" tall. They cant use a booster seat till they are at least 4 years of age. They must be in a 5 point harness till at least the age of 4. I know this cause my father is a state trooper here. I know of someone who has 2 little girls ages 9 and 10 and they are still in a booster seat due to the fact that they are not 4'9", they are not safe to use a seat belt yet. They are also very small for their age only weighing in at about 40lbs each. I would never never never put my child in this unless I made 100% sure that it can be used in the US and the state of Michigan.

Alyssa - posted on 02/10/2011

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Just because it is on ebay doesn't mean it's legal!! do not buy things like this outside your country as it may not comply with your areas standards and legislation.

der! common sense prevails ppl.....

Elle - posted on 02/09/2011

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I was thinking the exact same thing, Tiffany. It was hard to wait for my oldest daughter to even turn one to turn her carseat forwards (she has always been a big girl, and her legs literally were "bent up" everytime we rode in the car from the time she was about 8 months). As mentioned in a previous comment, the laws differ from country to country, but here in the US, kids must be one year and 20 lbs before they can sit forward facing. I definately would not put my one year old in this, but I think it would suit my 3 year old just fine. Not sure if the law would agree though...

Tiffany - posted on 02/09/2011

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your children must be ver short because it my children were faced backwards until 2 and we got in an accident there legs would have be broken. not to mention bent up the entire ride.

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2011

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Hmmm.. looks like I should post a link regarding carseats.

www.joelsjourney.org

Everyone needs to be educated about carseat safety! Obviously China should be at the top of the list on this one!

Tiffany - posted on 02/09/2011

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this is really coll and looks to be the same safety as a normal car seat. They could not sell something to Americans unless it complies to the safety regulations. a child should be rear facing until no longer than 18 months. But could go forward facing at 12 months. Keeping them rear facing for too long could hurt them more than help them. I have just been to a car seat safety class funded by the state. They said that my 36lb child just turned three a month ago should be in a high back booster seat used with a car seat belt going across his chest.

Ashley - posted on 02/08/2011

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That cant be legal in Canada i think the car seats we have need to be made better this seems completely unsafe.

Cyndel - posted on 02/08/2011

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Interesting, I would have to do more research before I'd buy one, but I would definately consider it and research into it!

Holly - posted on 02/08/2011

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Have to remember driving speeds are different then here there fore percautions dont have to be so strict

Becky - posted on 02/08/2011

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I think it looks pretty neat, to me it looks no different then the fold down carseat in some mini vans. And at the end of the day any carseat is better then none when it comes to car accidents. I don't think it's for babies it looks like a toddler seat only.

Jessica - posted on 02/07/2011

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that is the type of car seat used on buses for school where i live and sometimes you can buy a car with a car seat built in the seat just like this. it is usually a fold down seat that is attached to the seat itself. my daughter is 3 and isn't the legal age to travel without a car seat so her bus has built in seats like this with the five point harness. i would rather her ride in that than nothing on the bus.



my six year old rides in a booster seat that has no back on it. it is the graco booster seat. this would work for her just as well. at that age it is more about the seat belt fitting right then anything.

Jo - posted on 02/06/2011

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It probably isn't up to EU standard's that's why it is not seen in our baby shops.
Wouldn't buy it but then I work in a baby shop selling car seat etc and have seen the dangers of badly fitting car seats etc and there is no way I would risk my child in something like this.

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Aren't infant seats supposed to face backwards? This seat cannot be for infants. I'd never put a baby in it.

Marylea - posted on 02/04/2011

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I wouldn't put a 9 month old in that but I'd use it for an older child (3-5) instead of a standard booster seat. I think it looks pretty cool.

Marylea

Corrie - posted on 02/03/2011

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It looks like a hammock for the car. You couldn't move the seat in front, but it does look like a better fit than the wide base booster in my suv that I have a hard time buckeling becasue it is too big for the seat.

Cassandra - posted on 02/03/2011

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ummm........ it is a portable carseat. i have seen these online for quite some time now. i think the person put an "f" instead of a "p"

Amanda - posted on 02/03/2011

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I could see using something like this for my 6 year old, but not my toddler. At 23 lbs I think there are too many variables for it to be as safe as her current car seats.

Aspehn - posted on 02/03/2011

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The bottom looks ridiculous what r they sitting on besides foam on the regular car seat it looks the padding insert or maybe part of a bike seat or something I agree if it worked cool probably would stop ur kid from complaining but never would I use something like it safety first

Amanda - posted on 02/01/2011

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i like it..not sure if I would ever use it...for a toddler or like my 4 yr old maybe...only reason cause it looks comfy for the kid and my son would cry endlessly when we went anywhere that he would have to get in his seat cause his back hurt...but still...saftey would be an issue I would have to be absolutly sure that it is safe.

Whitney - posted on 01/31/2011

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Julie- I am not understanding your question. But the straps on this carseat are do not look strong enough to with stand a crash. A carseat needs more then just a thin strap holding a child in. Plus childrens organs, spine, neck and head are not mature enough to withstand a crash sitting straight up like that until about 5 years of age. Babies though a min of 2 years should be seated rearfacing in a reclined seat to reduce the rish of snapping their neck. Children to big to be rearfaced should remain in harnessed until 65 pounds or around 4 years old at the earliest It is also recomended a chid is not boostered until age 5 or 6 and that they remain boostered until 4 foot nine and 8 yrs old. So this carseat does not meet the recomendations. Except for older kids aged six and up. In order for this to be safe though it would need more secure, metal prongs between the legs and straps made out of real seatbelts not this thin flimsy straps. I hope I answered your qustion. If not feel free to ask anything else.

Julie - posted on 01/31/2011

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the straps holding that to the cars actual seat are made from the same stuff that the straps that hold your baby are made of so whats the difference

Whitney - posted on 01/30/2011

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Well in regardess to the harness it is not the same. A regular carseat has metal tongs that go in between the legs not the flimsy plastic ones this one does. And children are less likely to snap there neck if they are refaced. My two year old niece only weighs 21 pounds. It would not be safe for her to ride in this. Plus it sits the child two upright for it to be safe.

Danielle - posted on 01/30/2011

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In all fairness a toddlers neck can just as easily snap in any regular car seat. Both car seat have the proper harness to hold a child chest, and waist (5 point harness).
So for argument sake there really is no difference in that specific regard (neck injury from impact).
I do agree, however, that this product should only be available and advised for children 2 and up, and I would only use it in the middle seat because of the lack of extra support precautions that the plastic base provides.
As a person who drives a small car I could see this being very beneficial. A regular car-seat doesn't leave much extra room after it is installed.

Danielle - posted on 01/30/2011

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Huh!
I like it!
I can see it being convenient for an older toddler, and for smaller vehicles. I don't see how it is different from a conventional car seat aside from the fact that it doesn't have the plastic portions to contour to a child's body.
I think that I would be 'sold' on the product if they had appropriate/ more durable hook-ups to the seat itself.
I would obviously have to research more about the product and test before making such a serious purchase, but I think it is a neat concept.

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