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Best Car Seats 2018

If you are looking for the best car seats 2018, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you need an infant, convertible, combination, or booster car seat for your child, choosing the best car seats are vital for your children’s safety.

Car Seat Reviews

Below is a list of the 2018 top car seats. Read our car seat reviews for infant car seats and convertible car seats.

Best Infant Car Seats

Infant safety seats are designed for newborns and need to be installed in a rear-facing position. Here are the best infant car seats for 2018.

1) UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat


Features: 5-55 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; no re-thread harness; Adjustable headrest with side impact protection; energy absorbing EPS lined shell;  infant insert used for smaller babies 4-8 lbs; auto-retracting latch connectors; built-in lockoff for seatbelt installation

The UPPAbaby MESA car seat is one of the best car seat for newborns. It is a lightweight infant car seat, weighing only less than 10 pounds! It includes an infant insert with a built-in wedge that creates a flatter and safer riding position, recommended for babies 4-8 lbs.

The MESA car seat features an adjustable headrest with EPP foam, giving your child the necessary side impact protection. The integrated design keeps your child’s head stationary in the event of a side impact collision, resulting in up to 4 times higher than other premium infant car seat brands.

It has a no-rethread harness with 5-position headrest. There are 2 crotch straps/buckle positions. You can easily install the car seat using its SMARTSecure System that features auto-retracting lower anchor LATCH attachments or use their built-in lockoff for seatbelt installations. There is a tightness indicator and dual-sided level indicators to confirm whether the base has been installed correctly.

MESA is compatible with both UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ strollers.

Read more for a complete list of the best infant car seats 2018.

2) Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat


This is one of the best car seats that you can find. Features: 4-30 pounds; up to 30 inches tall; 5-point harness adjusts with one-pull tightener for easy adjustments; Removable infant insert used for smaller babies 4-11 lbs;  Adjustable, multi-position canopy; easy removal from adjustable base; one-pull LATCH tightener for secure fit; built-in lockoff system for easy seatbelt installations; indicators to determine accurate seat angle; lined with energy-absorbing foam for increased safety and comfort.

Chicco KeyFit 30 is packed with features that make them one of the easiest car seats to install using either the LATCH system or the vehicle’s safety belts. These car seats can also fit in dozens of Chicco’s KeyFit compatible strollers.

Chicco Keyfit is also a great infant car seat for travel as it is a FAA approved car seat and is certified for use on an airplane.

For more information, read our Chicco Keyfit 30 review.

3) Peg Perego Viaggio 4-35 Infant Car Seat


Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; 5-point harness; no re-thread harness with 6 height positions; energy absorbing EPS lined shell; includes 2 cushions to keep babies head properly positioned; adjustable hood;  push-on lower LATCH connectors; built-in lockoff for seat belt installation

Made in Italy, this Peg Perego car seat is a luxury car seat that has a base with an integrated anti-rebound bar for superior protect in the event of a crash. Its shell is lined with energy absorbing EPS foam that enhances protection and is perforated for maximum air circulation.

The Primo Viaggio car seat is easy to install and has a no-rethread harness. Its protected sides cushion and position the baby’s head and shoulders.

Primo Viaggio 4-35 is one of the best car seats for taxi because it can be installed without the base. This car seat can attach directly to many Peg Perego strollers without any adapters so you can create your own travel system.

4) Combi Shuttle Car Seat

This is another top car seat for 2018. Features: birth-35 pounds; up to 33 inches tall; adjustable head restraint; 4 position height adjustment for proper seat angle and positioning; anti rebound bar stabilizes seat by minimizing rotational forces in front and rear collisions; one-pull harness adjustment; lined with energy-absorbing foam; easy installation using LATCH system or vehicle seat belts.

The combi shuttle infant car seats are lightweight and compatible with all Combi Cosmo, Cabria, Catalyst and Twin Cosmo strollers to help you create a complete travel system. Read our Combi Shuttle review.

5) Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat


Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; 4 sets of harness slots; 2 buckle positions; complete side impact protection; impact-absorbing base; center-pull straps for easy LATCH installation; built-in lockoffs for seatbelt installations; extra-large canopy

Britax’s Click and Go System makes transferring the B-Safe 35 to a stroller easy and convenient. A simple click assures that your child’s car seat is securely attached and ready to go. Read Britax 35 infant car seat review.

6) Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX Infant Car Seat


Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; 5-point harness; no re-thread harness; energy-absorbing EPS foam; level indicator; 6 base recline positions; 3-panel canopy with lining and visor; 1-second LATCH attachment; built-in lockoff for seatbelt installation

This Graco LX model car seat also provides 1-step secure attachment to all Graco Click Connect Strollers for a convenient travel system. Read Graco SnugRide Click Connect infant car seat review.

7) Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Infant Car Seat


Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; advanced air cushion system protecting your child’s head; additional leg room; extra padding for impact protection; one click LATCH installation system; base belt lock easily secures your vehicle seat belt; low harness slots.

This Safety 1st car seat features GCell honeycomb HX energy-absorbing foam inside the seat to provide superior body protection. It also features Air Protect advanced cushion that protects your baby’s head. It includes an infant insert and a super low harness setting, designed for smaller babies.

Read our Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air car seat review.

8) Doona Infant Car Seat

Features: 4-35 lbs; up to 32 inches tall; 5-point safety harness; 3-layer side-impact protection; adjustable handlebar that is also used as an anti-rebound protection; includes the Doona Infant Insert & Head Support, which supports your newborn’s posture and provides extra side protection through energy-absorbing materials.

The Doona infant car seat is the world’s first infant car seat with integrated wheels that come out easily to create its own baby travel system. This means that you can just take the car seat out of your car, pop out its wheels, and use it like a stroller. Unlike the traditional travel systems, this is lightweight and doesn’t require any extra frame.

The Doona car seat has passed safety standards both as a car seat and as a stroller. It is one of the FAA approved car seats and is certified for use on aircraft. One of the best things about this car seat for traveling is that instead of having to bring your stroller and carry your car seat onto the plane, you can easily roll this on, fold the wheels and install it right in the airplane seat! There is a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.

9) Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat

Features: 4-30 pounds; up to 32 inches; includes infant insert; rebound protection; superior side protection; one-click Latch system for easy installation; extended canopy with flip-out visor for maximum UV protection; machine washable and dryer safe pad

It is one of the lightest premium car seat. You can remove the seat pad without having to unthread the harness, allowing you to take it off in a few seconds. You can create your own baby travel system with the Maxi-Cosi, Quinny, and many other premium strollers.

10) Evenflo Embrace LX Infant Car Seat

Features: 4-35 pounds;  easy to use LATCH system; 3 shoulder harness positions; adjustable base; includes a central pendulum level indicator to ensure a proper recline

The Evenflo Embrace LX car seat is one of the top cheap infant car seats. You can usually purchase one for under $75. It is a lightweight infant car seat, weighing about 13 pounds.

Some parents think this car seat’s canopy is too small. If this is the case for you, you can also purchase a car seat cover if you want to keep your baby more protected.

Best Convertible Car Seat

Once your child outgrows the infant car seat, he will need to switch to a convertible child safety seat. This versatile seat can be installed in both rear-facing and forward-facing positions. Here are the best convertible car seat 2018.

1) Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 20-65 lbs. forward-facing; no-rethread harness removable with 6 height positions; automatic harness adjustment; removable infant insert with extra padding for smaller babies starting from 5 lbs; 9 recline positions for a better fit in vehicles; RideRight Dual level indicators for correct seat angle in both rear-facing and forward-facing modes; SuperCinch LATCH tightener; built-in lock-offs for vehicle belt installation

The Chicco NextFit is one of the top convertible car seats. What’s great about this car seat is its Super Cinch LATCH Tightener, which uses force-multiplying technology for a tight and secure fit with little effort.

The NextFit comes with a removable infant insert and has extra padding to give newborns added support. It has a 9-position leveling system and 6 height positions to grow tih your child. When you adjust the headrest to a new height position, the 5-point harness automatically adjustments to accommodate your child’s shoulders.

2) Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 20-55 lbs. forward-facing; 3 recline positions; adjustable 2-position buckle; angle-free, 5-point harness prevents the straps from twisting; premium push-button LATCH connectors;  built-in lockoffs for seatbelt installation; impact absorbing base and complete side impact protection

The Britax Roundabout convertible car seat has superior protection with its impact stabilizing steel frame and deep energy-absorbing foam to protect your baby from side impacts.

3) Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 20-65 lbs. forward-facing; 7 recline positions; no-rethread harness; Quick-adjust 12-position harness and 2-position buckle; SafeCell Impact Protection only available with Britax car seats; steel frame; foam-lined shell; impact-absorbing tether; energy-absorbing base; ClickTight makes installation easy with one click

4) Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat


Features: 14-50 lbs. rear-facing, 20-65 lbs. forward-facing; REACT safety system; steel anti-rebound; advanced side-impact protection; dual layers of energy absorbing foam; adjustable structural headrest; secure rigid-latch installation; lockoffs with seatbelt installation

Also check out Clek Fllo convertible car seat, which is the newer, more affordable car seat that is 10 pounds lighter than the Foonf. The Fllo has regular LATCH connectors and an anti-rebound bar. Both seats are designed for extended rear-facing use (up to 50 pounds).

5) Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-45 lbs. rear-facing, 20-80 lbs. forward-facing in 5-point harness; converts to booster for children up to 120 lbs; steel alloy frame; adjustable head support; SafeStop energy absorbing harness; infant body support cushions and memory foam; includes one cup holder

This Diono all-in-one convertible car seat is one of the easiest car seats to install. Its narrow width of 17 inches means it is possible to install 3 across in a number of smaller vehicles. You can read the Narrow Booster Seats post to see a list of the narrowest booster seats on the market.

6) Evenflo SureRide DLX Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 22-65 lbs. forward-facing; 6 shoulder strap positions; removable body pillow; up-front harness adjustment; removable cup holder; budget-friendly

7) Evenflo Symphony Elite Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 28-50 lbs. forward-facing; 40-110 lbs. booster; sureLATCH for a secure, quick installation; upfront harness adjustment; upfront multi-position recline; e3 side impact protection

Evenflo Symphony Elite All-In-One Car Seat provides extended use from birth to booster mode up to 110 lbs. It installs to the vehicle in only 60 seconds with no pulling necessary.

8) Graco Size4Me 65 Convertible Car Seat


Features: 4-40 lbs. rear-facing, 25-65 lbs. forward-facing; 1-Second InRight LATCH System; no re-thread harness; side impact tested; energy-absorbing EPS foam; front-adjust 5-point harness; removable and adjustable infant head support; 3 base recline positions; easy-to-read level indicator; one cup holder

9) Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat


Features: 9-40 lbs. rear-facing, 22-70 lbs. forward-facing; no re-thread harness; advanced air cushion system; Air Protect technology for enhanced side impact protection; 3 position base; integrated cup holder

Also check out Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Car Seat, which has a higher minimum and maximum weight than the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70. The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 limits are 14-40 pounds for rear-facing and 22-85 pounds for forward-facing.

10) Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Infant Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-45 lbs. rear-facing, 22-65 lbs. forward-facing; no re-thread harness; EPS energy-absorbing foam; side impact protection (SIP); removable cushion for newborns; adjustable latch connectors that can be easily repositioned for forward or rearward installation

The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio car seat is one of the best convertible car seats. It has one of the highest weight limits (45 pounds) for rear-facing positions. The car seat reclines in rear-facing so that your child can be seated in a relaxing angle. This recline also gives your child extra room for growth, so that your little one can sit in the rear-facing position for longer.

Read more for a complete list of the best convertible car seats 2018.

Best Booster Car Seat

Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seats, he will need to sit in a booster safety seat in the back seat. A booster seat has a three-point belt system to keep your child restrained and is the best way to keep your child safe until he is big enough to fit a vehicle’s seat belt. Below are the best booster car seats 2018.

There are 2 types of booster seats:  booster seat with high back and backless booster seat

Top High Back Booster Seats

1) Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat


Features: 30-100 lbs.; 40-100 lbs. as a backless booster; multi-layer, one-hand adjustable head rest; EPS energy absorbing foam, padded height adjustable armrests; dual retractable cup holders

The Graco High Back TurboBooster child car seat is one of the narrowest high back booster seats. For more, check out the top narrow booster seats.

2) Clek Oobr Full Back Booster Seat


Features: 33-100 lbs.; 40-100 lbs. as a backless booster; rigid lower LATCH connectors; EPS foam; tall armrests; recline feature; Crypton fabric provide stain, moisture and bacteria resistance

3) Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat with Latch System


Features: 30-100 lbs.; 40-100 lbs. as a backless booster; EPS foam in head rest; dual cup holders; one-hand adjustable headrest

Best Backless Booster Seats

1) Evenflo Amp Performance No Back Booster Car Seat


Features: 40-100 lbs; comfortable, contoured padding, elastic dual cup holders; tall armrests; machine-washable car seat pad

2) Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat


Features: 40-100 lbs and up to 57 inches tall; padded, height-adjustable armrests; one-hand adjustable headrest; hide-away cup holders

The Graco Backless TurboBooster is one of the best narrow car seats. You can purchase the High Back TurboBooster seat and convert it to a backless booster so that you can use it for longer as your child grows.

3) Clek Olli Booster Car Seat


Features: 40-100 lbs and up to 57 inches tall; Crypton fabric provide stain, moisture and bacteria resistance; Confirms that latches are locked with an audible “Click”

Clek Foonf Review

The Clek Foonf is one of the top convertible car seats, which means it can be used in 2 configurations – as a rear-facing infant car seat and as a forward-facing car seat. What is great about this car seat is that it is designed to international best practices for extended rear-facing use up to 50 pounds. It lets your child sit in the rear-facing position longer than most car seats in the country. This is great since rear-facing is the safest position for your child to sit in.

The seat is only 17 inches wide at its widest point and 13 inches wide where installed at the base, making it possible to fit 3 car seats across the back seat in most vehicles.

Clek Foonf Safety

Like all baby safety seats on the market, Clek Foonf meets Federal Safety Standards. It crash tested to NCAP, which simulates forces experienced in extreme collisions. It comes standard with a steel anti-rebound for enhanced safety performance. The anti-rebound bar is designed to reduce the rebound and promote stability of the car seat during a crash, absorbing the energy that would otherwise go to the child.

Its REACT (Rigid-LATCH Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology) safety system delivers rear-facing safety performance in a forward-facing seat. Its aluminum honeycomb technology absorbs the energy from a crash, minimizing the forces transmitted to the child.

The Clek Foonf advanced side-impact protection protects the child in a side-impact collision with its adjustable structural headrest with deep side wings, dual layers of energy absorbing foam, and complete metal substructure.

Clek Foonf 2017

2017 Clek Foonf is the newest version of the Foonf. Improvements have been made from its previous versions, including harness straps that fit better. The Clek Foonf’s Rigid-LATCH system makes proper forward-facing installation easy, allowing you to remove and install your seat quickly.

The Foonf is tailored in GREENGUARD Select Certified Crypton Super Fabrics, which provide permanent protection against stains and moisture and odor-causing bacteria.

Clek Foonf Installation

When you install the Clek Foonf rear-facing, you will need to use the anti-rebound bar. When you install it forward-facing, you should use tether. Don’t use tether while rear-facing. Overall, the car seat is relatively easy to install in both cars and on airplanes. Unless you’re in first class, the Foonf will not fit in the storage compartments above, but it can fit the actual airplane seat.

Clek Foonf Specs & Features

  • The maximum weight and height in the rear-facing position is from 14-50 lbs and 25-43 inches tall. For forward-facing, it is 20-65 pounds and from 30-49 inches in height. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • The seat weighs 38 pounds when rear-facing since it includes the base and the anti-rebound bar. It weighs 33 pounds when installed forward-facing.
  • Comes with anti-rebound bar designed to limit rebound
  • Rigid-LATCH forward-facing installation
  • Built-in lockoffs for both rear-facing and forward-facing positions
  • Energy absorbing foam both inside and outside the frame of the car seat
  • Adjustable structural headrest with deep side wings
  • Advanced side-impact protection
  • Rigid substructure – It has a steel and magnesium sub-structure
  • Crypton Super Fabrics: Its fabric protects against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria
  • Approved for use in aircraft
  • This is one of the narrowest convertible car seats at 17 inches wide, allowing you to fit 3 car seats across in the back of most vehicles.

Clek Foonf Measurements

  • Seating Depth 12.5 in.
  • Seating Height 21.5–26 in.
  • Shoulder width 12 in.
  • Harness-Slot Height 8–17 in.
  • Width 13-17 in.
  • Fore-Aft Measurement in Rear-Facing 33 in.
  • Height Measurement in Rear-Facing 25.5–28.5 in.
  • Height Measurement in Forward-Facing 28–32.5 in.
  • Seat Weight in Forward-Facing 33 lb
  • Seat Weight in Rear-Facing 38 lb (includes rear-facing base and anti-rebound bar)

There is also a Clek Foonf infant insert designed to accommodate a child in rear-facing and weighing between 5–22 lb in a Clek Foonf and Fllo convertible seat, which is the cheaper alternative of the Foonf.

 

Britax B-Safe 35 Review

The Britax B-Safe 35 car seat is an updated version of the popular B-Safe and is rated as one of the best car seats for infants. This newer model is able to fit bigger children and has more legroom. The maximum child weight limit increased from 30 to 35 lbs. It also has a new deeper shell that’s designed to keep your child safe from flying debris and has a base that is easier to adjust and install.

B-Safe 35 is patented with SafeCell Impact Protection, has an impact-absorbing base, and is made in the USA with global components. Its contoured shell also takes up little space in your car and minimizes side-to-side movement to maximize protection.

Britax B-Safe 35 Safety

Like all baby car seats on the market, Britax B-Safe 35 is crash tested and meets Federal Safety Standards. Britax features:

  • SafeCell Impact Protection, which is an integrated system of safety components that work together to protect your child beyond the established standards. An example of a safety component is its impact stabilizing steel frame through the spine of the car seat reducing forward flex and at the connection points to the vehicle.
  • SafeCell Complete Side Impact Protection, which surrounds your baby in a deep protective shell designed to shield your child from crash forces and debris.
  • Safecell Impact Absorbing Base, which reduces the potential for injury by compressing to absorb energy during a collision.

Britax B-Safe 35 Base

You can purchase a second Britax car seat base. This car seat base is compatible with both Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe Elite car seats. You can also install the Britax car seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. This can help you save money from having to purchase another base.

There are steps on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Britax instruction manual.

Britax B-Safe 35 Compatible Strollers

The integrated Click and Go System allows you to transfer your B-Safe 35 to a stroller easily. The B-Safe 35 works with any Britax stroller with the Click & Go system and quick-release handle. This car seat also works with all Britax and BOB strollers that work with the original B-Safe model. A simple click lets you know that your baby’s car seat is securely attached and ready to go.

Compatible strollers include the Britax Affinity, B-Agile, B-Agile Double, and B-Ready. It is also compatible with the BOB motion stroller using the Click and Go attachments. Using the Britax adapter, you can make the B-Safe 35 compatible with all the other BOB strollers. You can purchase a Britax Travel System with the B-Agile stroller.

        

Britax B-Safe 35 Specs & Features:

  • The maximum weight and height is from 4-35 lbs and 32 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • SafeCell Impact-absorbing steel frame base reduces the potential for injury by compressing to absorb crash energy
    Complete Side Impact Protection
  • Deep shell lined with energy-absorbing foam EPS, which shields your baby from front and side impacts
  • SafeCenter LATCH Installation features convenient center-pull straps and quick, push-button, lower LATCH connectors
  • Easy-Release Harness Button makes it simple to loosen the harness straps
  • Built-in slide lockoffs for seatbelt installation
  • Dual recline angle indicators to get the correct seat angle
  • Spring-assited recline
  • 2 crotch buckle strap positions – before 11 lbs and after 11 lbs
  • Lightweight ergonomic design
  • Removable head pillow to ensure newborn heads are properly positioned
  • Extra-Large Canopy protects your baby from rain and sun
  • FAA approved for airplane use
  • Expiration: 6 years lifespan
  • Made in the USA

Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat Measurements
Dimensions: Length: 26.5″, Width: 17.75″, Height: 25″

Weight without base: 10 lbs
Weight with base: 19 lbs
Base width (inches): 14 inches
Carrier width (inches): 18 inches

If you read and follow the Britax instruction manual, you may find that this infant car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

You can purchase the Britax B-Safe car seat for $168 on Amazon. This car seat is a great value, especially considering all the premium features it offers. It comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

Combi Shuttle Car Seat Review

The Combi Shuttle infant car seat ranks as one of the best baby car seats in 2017. It is a lightweight, travel-friendly and sturdy. The Combi Shuttle replaces the Combi Shuttle 33 car seat and is equipped with 360 degrees of protection for front, rear, and side-impact collisions.

To this day, the Combi Shuttle is the only baby car seat that has an anti-rebound bar on the carrier instead of its base. The anti-rebound bar minimizes the movement of the seat in the event of a car crash. Having the anti-rebound bar on the carrier allows you to install the seat without its base to any car and still have all the same safety features. Keep in mind that the anti-rebound bar is not adjustable and therefore, must be touching the back of your seat cushion to reduce the force of the impact in the event of a crash.

Combi Shuttle Safety

Like all baby car seats on the market, Combi Shuttle meets Federal Safety Standards. It features the Combi Tru-Safe Side Impact Protection, which offers a head restraint with deep side walls and a layer of EPS foam to distribute crash energy away from your baby’s head, neck, and spine. Combi Shuttle also has an anti-rebound bar which stabilizes the baby car seat by minimizing rotational forces in front and rear collisions.

Combi Shuttle Base

The Combi Shuttle infant car seat clicks in and out of the base easily. You can also install this seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. However, once your baby reaches 22 pounds or 29 inches, you cannot install the seat without its base.

There are steps on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Combi Shuttle instruction manual.

Combi Shuttle Compatible Strollers

The Combi Shuttle is compatible with several Combi strollers, including the Cosmo, Cabria, Catalyst and Twin Cosmo strollers.

The Combi Catalyst stroller is an excellent option and offers multiple configurations, including a bassinet stroller, travel system, or toddler stroller. You can also purchasing the Combi Shuttle Travel System, which includes the car seat and the Shuttle Stroller in a matching set, for less than $340 on Amazon. You can easily attach the infant car seat to the Shuttle stroller, which features a one-step linked brake, a one-hand self-standing fold, 5 point safety harness, extended canopy, and removable cup holders.

Combi Shuttle Specs & Features

  • The maximum weight and height is from birth-35 lbs and 33 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • Adjustable head restraint with deep side walls for proper positioning of the head
  • Adjustable harness shoulder height for a snug and secure fit
  • One-pull front harness adjuster
  • Four position height adjustment for proper seat angle and positioning
  • Lined with energy absorbing foam EPS
  • Carry handle features ergonomic design with comfort grips
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Premium, push-button LATCH connectors with storage compartment
  • Built-in Lockoffs
  • Wide belts paths for easy installation
  • Easy-to-read level indicators to ensure accurate installation
  • Adjustable recline base
  • Contoured, anti-slip base
  • Machine washable cover
  • Large canopy to protect sensitive eyes from the sun
  • FAA approved for airplane use

Combi Shuttle Infant Car Seat Measurements
Dimensions: Length: 27″, Width: 15″, Height: 25″

Weight without base: 9.25 lbs
Weight with base: 17 lbs
Base width (inches): 16 inches
Carrier width (inches): 17 inches

If you read and follow the Combi Shuttle instruction manual, you may find that this baby car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

One drawback of the Combi Shuttle is that the groin buckle is nonadjustable, which can make your baby uncomfortable as he or she gets older.

You can purchase the Combi Shuttle baby car seat for $179 on Amazon. This car seat is a great value, especially considering all the premium features it offers. It comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Review

The Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air is one of the top budget friendly infant car seats. The OnBoard 35, made by Dorel, is a favorite amongst many mothers. This child safety seat comes with a customizable infant insert and low bottom harness strap slots which were specifically designed to fit preemies starting at 4 lbs.

Even though Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air is an older model, this reliable infant car seat has excellent safety features. It offers both energy-absorbing foam and side impact protection to protect your baby in the event of a car crash.

Unfortunately, some parents might find this car seat high maintenance since the cushions are not machine-washable. Depending on often your car seat gets dirty, you might have to spend some time hand-washing it.

Safety First OnBoard 35 Air Crash Test

Like all baby car seats on the market, the Safety 1st OnBoard meets Federal Safety Standards. Safety 1st claims that the OnBoard 35 Air has been crash tested for the “Air Protect” side impact technology, which comprises of an air cushion system in the head area of the seat. They claim that the additional cushion inside the plastic covering permits air to escape gradually upon impact and absorbs some of the energy in a crash, providing additional protection for your baby’s head.

safety 1st air protect

Safety 1st OnBoard Compatible Strollers

Compatible strollers for the OnBoard 35 Air include the AeroLite, Clic It, Quinny Buzz Xtra and the SleekRide. The Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air is not compatible with as many strollers as some of the other popular car seats.

You can also buy Safety 1st travel system, which is a combination of the car seat and stroller. Consider the SleekRide travel system and the AeroLite travel system.


Safety 1st OnBoard Compatible Base

The OnBoard 35 Air infant car seat is compatible with Safety 1st OnBoard Adjustable Base so you can purchase a second car seat base to install in another vehicle.

You can also install this seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. There are steps on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Safety 1st instruction manual.

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Specs & Features

  • The maximum weight and height is up to 4-35 lbs and 32 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • 5-point harness system with up front harness adjustment
  • 17% more legroom than most infant car seats
  • Customizable insert and low harness slots specially designed for tiny travelers (4 pounds+)
  • 1-Click LATCH on the base for quick installation
  • Belt Lock on the base easily secures your car seat belt during installation
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Air Protect Revolutionary Side Impact Protection (SIP)
  • Advanced air cushion system
  • Two position adjustable base
  • Three position crotch strap
  • 2-stage level indicator
  • Adjustable base designed for extra deep seats
  • Carry Curve handle features ergonomic design and has a soft-touch grip for extra comfort when carrying
  • Multi-position canopy to protect sensitive eyes from bright light
  • Removable, hand washable pad (not machine washable!)
  • Quick Click stroller attachment for easy placement
  • FAA approved for air travel
  • Expiration: 8 years (seats made before 1-1-2014 have a 6 year expiration)

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air Measurements
Dimensions: Length: 29″, Width: 17″, Height: 24.5″

Weight without base: 9.5 lbs
Weight with base: 16lbs
Base width (inches): 15 inches
Carrier width (inches): 17 inches

If you read and follow the Safety 1st instruction manual, you may find that the OnBoard 35 Air car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

You can purchase the Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air for $139 on Amazon. This is cheaper than about many of their competitors yet has managed to impress us with its quality. This car seat ranks as one of the best value car seats, considering all the features they offer at a below average price. It comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

Safey 1st also makes other infant car seats, such as the Safety 1st OnBoard 35 which does not have side impact “air” protection and costs about $40 less. There is also the OnBoard 35 Air+ with Air Protect advanced cushion system and GCell HX patented foam, costing about $30 more.