Car accidents involving children are tragic and, unfortunately, happen more frequently than most people would think. According to research conducted by the Center For Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading killers of children. The saddest part is, in many instances, their deaths could have been prevented if proper safety cautions were taken.
Car seats are critical to a child’s safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that every child, up to age five, be placed in a car seat for their own protection. Statistics support this recommendation. The CDC reported a seventy-one percent decline in death and injury to infants (less than a year old) strapped to car seats when the vehicles they traveled in were involved in an accident. In addition, death and injury to car seat traveling toddlers (ages one to four) involved in accidents decreased by fifty-four percent.
Therefore, choosing the right car seat is a critical step for parents in ensuring the safety of their young children. There are many different brands and styles to choose from, but certain types stand out and have received high ratings from safety experts and parents. The following is a list of ten top-rated convertible (a car seat which converts from a rear-facing seat for infants into a forward-facing seat for older children) car seats. The AAP suggests children from their birth to age two should be placed in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of the vehicle, while young people from ages two to five should travel in a forward-facing seat in the rear of the car. All of the the car seats on the list met weight and safety guidelines for front and rear-facing seats. Topics such as safety, features, ease of use and price contributed to the device’s overall ratings.
1.Britax USA Advocate Click Tight Convertible Car Seat
This member of the Britax brand is equipped with safety features that include a three foamed layers of insulation designed to provide added protection against a side-impact collision. Also included are comfort features like a fourteen position harness that makes it easy for parents to adjust their child’s position and establish their comfort level. Parents who have used this car seat say it is not difficult to install, as well as easy to place a child into. This item is readily available for purchase from online shopping sites like amazon.com and babiesrus.com. In addition, it might be found at retail outlets, such as Target, Sears and Walmart. This product recently listed for $336 on amazon.com.
2. Chicco Nextfit Convertible Car Seat
The Chicco Nextfit’s safety features are highlighted by EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam insulation designed to provide protection against a side-impact collision. Comfort features include a six-position headset rest and a recline option. Parents who have used this item say it is easy to install. The product was recently listed on amazon.com for roughly $300 and it can be purchased on other online retailers like babiesrus.com and might be available for purchase at major retail outlets. This car seat was also awarded the Mom’s Pick as the Best Car Seat for 2015, as well as the Mom’s Pick for Ease of Use in 2015.
3. Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat
This car seat is built with sidewalls reinforced with aluminum and is padded by EPS foam. Comfort features include an adjustable headrest. Parents who have used this product say it does not take up much space, making it a good fit for those with smaller cars; is very sturdy and easy to install. The product is available for purchase at amazon.com and is likely for sale on major retail outlets. The Diono Radian was recognized with the Mom’s 2015 Pick for Best Quality, Best Looks, Best Space Saver. The items costs anywhere from $270-$340.
4. Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat
This product is equipped with the EPS foam safety feature. Its comfort features are highlighted by a five-point front adjustable harness. Parents who have used this brand say is it easy to install, its parts are machine washable and at approximately $120, is a great buy. This item can be purchased an amazon.com and might be available at major retail outlets.
5. Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat
This car seat is fortified to withstand car crashes two times the federal crash test standard. An easily adjustable harness and body comfort cushions highlight its comfort features. Parents who have used the product say it is less bulky than other car seats and is a good fit for people with smaller vehicles. In addition, at approximately $52, is considered to be a great deal. The product is available for purchase on amazon.com and is likely for sale at most major retail outlets.
6. Safety First Complete Air 70 Convertible Car Seat
The Safety First car seat is built with an advanced cushion system designed to protect children from impacts. Comfort features include an adjustable headrest. Parents who have used this item say it is compact and does not take up much room in a vehicle’s back seat. This product costs between $160-$180 and is available for purchase at amazon.com, babiesrus.com and might be available for purchase at major retail outlets. The car seat was recognized with the Mom’s 2015 Award for Best Value.
7. Britax Marathon Clicktight Convertible Car Seat
This car seat is equipped with a steel frame created to provide protection against a side-impact accident. Comfort features are highlighted by a twelve-position harness and a seven-position recline option. Parents who have used this item say to is easy to install, easy to use and their children find it comfortable. The price ranges from $280-$330 and can be purchased on amazon.com and is likely available at major retail outlets.
8. Britax Boulevard Clicktight Convertible Car Seat
Like other Britax car seats, this product is steel framed and is equipped with two layers of foam designed to provide protection against a side-impact collision. Parents who have used this item say it is sturdy and very easy to use. The price ranges from $280-$370 and is available on amazon.com and could be found at major retail outlets.
9. Sunshine Kids Radian 65 XL Convertible Car Seat
Safety features include side-impact fortification. Parents who have used this product say it is a good fit for taller kids and is compact enough to where three of these car seats can find in the back seat of a car. This item recently listed for $224 on amazon.com.
10. Graco Smart Seat All-In-One Convertible Car Seat
This car seat’s safety features are highlighted by a steel reinforced frame. Its comfort features include an adjustable headrest and a five-position recline mechanism. This product is available for purchase on babiesrus.com.