True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat Review

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Meet the True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat

The True Fit Convertible Car Seats have all been awarded high “Ease of Use” ratings from the National Highway Transportation Administration, NHTSA for short. What does that mean? That after reviewing our seats, our labels, and our instructions it was determined our seats were Easy To Use! The True Fit Premier Rebound (model C670) was awarded Five Stars in both the rear- and forward-facing modes, the maximum awarded by NHTSA.

true fit convertible car seatFeatures

  • patented Rebound Energy Management system, a flip-up rebound bar that actually helps manage the rebound in the unlikely event of a crash
  • fully-lined with EPP foam and has deep side wings that really surround your child
  • enter angle indicator in the front of our seat for use when installing in the rear-facing position
  • built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions

Our True Fit Experience

I’m going to start off being quite frank here. I without a doubt, hate installing car seats. All of the pulling, tugging, pushing, squeezing of hands through holes they were never meant to fit through, it’s all a royal pain as I’m sure you know. Even worse is when you have to move the car seat from one vehicle to another and don’t have the foggiest of ideas as to where you put the instructions. And yes, you will most definitely need them because you can’t remember how in the world you installed it the first time.

Well, let me tell you I didn’t experience one bit of those issues when installing the True Fit Convertible Car Seat from The First Years. Rated with more 5-star government ratings in the overall category than any other manufacturer, the True Fit Convertible Car Seat squashed out the competition being the only Brand to receive 5-Star ratings for Overall Ease of Use in the Infant, Convertible and Booster Car Seat Categories.

Now of course I haven’t tested and used every car seat currently on the market, but I have gone through quite a few.

For me, one of the high points of installing this particular car seat was securing the belt through the car seat. While on other models, I’m forced to squeeze my hand through an impossibly small crevice, the True Fit Convertible Car Seat makes this process so much easier. The center panel of padding lifts up so that you can thread the seat belt through easily and has a belt clamp to secure the seat belt.

When I need to loosen or tighten the harness straps, it can easily be done by lifting the clearly labeled lever and pulling the shoulder straps loose.

What really puts this car seat into the Ease of Use category for me is the should strap height adjustment. On most other car seats, raising the shoulder straps a level higher involves removing the covering, completely removing the shoulder straps from the car seat and spending another 20 minutes threading them back through.

Want to perform that same adjustment with the True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat? It only takes about 30 seconds and you don’t have to remove anything at all. A convenient shoulder belt adjustment bar is located on both sides of the car seat. You pull, lift to the appropriately labeled height setting and release to lock back in place.

Overall, this has by far been the easiest car seat I’ve ever installed myself. My one and only suggestion as an improvement for this car seat is purely cosmetic. I’d love to see more color options available, particularly lighter, more feminine colors.

Buy It

The First Years True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat is currently available in 3 gender neutral color options and is priced under $250. See The First Years product locator to find a car seat retailer near you.

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat, color choice subject to availability.

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301 Jodi

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Comments

  1. says

    Installing my daughter’s carseat scares the crap out of me, so I make my hubby do it. I tried once and didn’t feel it was right so it’s great that the True Fit car seats feature built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions to make it easier for me to try.

  2. says

    I’m guilty of never cleaning my girls carseats, so the fact that the easy-off pad makes clean-up a snap is great.

  3. says

    The hardest part for me is climbing into the back row seating in my Trailblazer and getting into the car seat with my knee pushing it down and making sure it is super tight and getting that darn metal thing on the seat belt. I so need new car seats with the new latch system.

  4. Heather Bender says

    I hate buckling them in. We don’t have latch in our family vehicle and it can be a pain. I love that the center section lifts up for easy buckling.

  5. jodi says

    i hate installing the car seat!!!!! it takes me forever to get it in there just right!
    the latch system they describe sounds like that would hopefully make installing easier!

  6. says

    The most difficult is definitely installation. I am no good at it and usually sweet talk hubby to do it. In some seats, adjusting them is also a huge pain. This seat looks great for my youngest. The feature that would help is the moved side LATCH system so it’s easier to access, also easy to read instructions. Thanks!

  7. says

    I hate the installations and never feel as if i have it in right!
    But with the new center angle that tells me when it is in correctly- I guess that would make it a lot easier!

  8. says

    Installing the carseat is the toughest part for me and also if you have long nails, trying to get the child in and out of the seat is tough.

  9. Jodi says

    I hate having to deal with the harness – tightening it, adjusting the height, etc. The True Fit has a harness that adjusts from the front so I wouldn’t need to uninstall and reinstall the carseat everytime it needs adjusting. Also, because of the anti-rebound feature, the harness adjuster in front is easier to access when rear-facing.

  10. says

    Installation is definitely intimidating to me. I’m afraid I’m going to do it wrong and put my child’s safety in jeopardy. I always make my husband do it.

    The most helpful feature on the True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat is the color-coded belt paths, making it easier to locate where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat. Awesome!

  11. says

    I have to tell you that car seats and me do not get along. I have my daughter or sister in law install them because I always get something wrong from not hooking it up right in the back, to the strap not being right on the car seat.
    shopannies@yahoo.com

  12. Nancy says

    I’m not a big fan of cleaning the seats. Especially if the covers are hard to remove. The easy off pad seems like it would make the whole process a lot better.

  13. anthy says

    1. Our seat has a buckle that goes between his legs! It is SO hard to snap in, and not get caught on the fabric in the process. And you really have to push down hard.

    2. The buckle being on a harness in front of them, with a front facing button (rather than the buckle going DOWN into the seat) looks a lot easier to fasten.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  14. says

    Installation is definitely the hardest for me. I usually leave that up to my husband. I think the latch system for the front and rear facing will help with that!

  15. Kirsten T. says

    The hardest part for me on my current car seat is ensuring I put all the straps back in the right place after I remove cover to clean. Although I end up getting it right every time, there is the questioning/second guessing I go through everytime. The color coded system for the straps on this carseat would devinitely alleviate that. Thanks!

  16. Daryl R says

    Rethreading the harness is my kryptonite (sp?)It’s such a pain!!!
    I love that you can adjust it without all the hassle and so quickly

  17. Heather H. says

    The shoulder straps – getting their arms in and out can really be a pain – the pull button looks like a great solution to some that we have used…
    jswandrn at gmail

  18. says

    installation is most difficult for me, and i think this car seat would solve it by having all the belt paths color-coded. :)

  19. Ron Miller says

    Thank God I’ve never been in a crash with little ones in the back seat, but I always suspected even a car seat wasn’t going to protect them, with this seat, there’s extra protection as they mention fully-lined with EPP foam and deep side wings that really surround your child.

  20. says

    I find it hard to keep the car seat clean and switch it from rear to forward facing.

    I love the combination of our no-rethread harness and our easy-off pad makes clean-up a snap–literally, our pad snaps right off! Also, that everything is colored coded. It seems really easy to use.

  21. Brandy says

    Putting the carseat in the car is the hardest for me. The company claims to offer really great detailed instructions in this area.

  22. Merrie L. says

    My biggest struggle with the car seat is that I can NEVER remember how to adjust the straps! AND it gets worse when they seems like they grow like weeds (you’d think I’d catch on, but I don’t). I like the labeled lever on the True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat: “lift here to loosen.” It would help avoid a lot of aggravation and free up so much time!

  23. Sylvia says

    Installation is a problem but would b solved by Color-coded belt paths for easy installation

  24. Ellen C. says

    Adjusting the straps is always an issue for me. I like the easy off pad. My son can get real messy so this would definitely make cleaning up easier. Thanks for the chance.

  25. Jennifer G. says

    The most difficult part for me is feeling confident that the car seat is in correctly and safely. The feature that would solve that problem is the fact that they have moved both side LATCH attachments so they are easy to access when you are installing your seat and easy to secure when you remove the seat from your vehicle.

    jenbutterfly12 at yahoo dot com

  26. Lindsay says

    I hate that I can’t find very many carseats with 5-star ratings and the foam padding around the seat. I also hate putting the carseat in.

    I like that this seat is fully-lined with EPP foam and has deep side wings that really surround your child. That’s good.

  27. Ashley says

    I think the most difficult thing is cleaning carseats. My son puked on a road trip so we had to take the carseat cover to a laundromat and it was a pain to take off and put back on. The easy-off pad would make it easier to clean.

  28. says

    I HATE the installation process and I am always in fear I don’t have it correctly secured. I believe the center angle indicator in the front of the seat would guide me and ease my worries.

  29. Jennifer h says

    Oops, don’t see mandatory on here… Guilty of passing off the install to hubby. It’s tough to get your knee in there and make sure it’s on secure enough. I like the latch system in this carseat and feel more confident that I would be able to install myself. I really really need another carseat!! So thanx for such an awesome giveaway!

  30. hippie4ever says

    I had my seat base installed at the local hospital, but I have found that the seat loosens up over time, latch system. At least in my car, though not in my husband’s and we use his more often! I think having the latch on the outside, more accessible, would be a benefit for periodic tightening.
    silenttributary(at)yahoo(dot)com

  31. Amanda says

    I have always had trouble with the harness straps they are either short or don’t adjust easy. I like the Easy adjust, no rethread harness for use to 65lbs. and the Multi-position crotch strap adjustment would hopefully make it easier.

  32. Alana says

    My biggest problem with carseats is the amount of room they take up in my small car. I like that the headrest can come off to make the seat smaller.

  33. traci s says

    the shoulder height adjustment !! what a nightmare, take it out, turn it over(about a hundred times)check the straps , back over pull with all your might for that hairline movement that just bout lands you on your backside then over again , think ahh this is it, so fight to get it reinstalled , load everyone up , put baby in and wala!!! NOT, never put it back til check with BABY IN IT first, so get everyone out , fight to get it unlatched from seatbelt, pick it up , while a child in the back of you is crying cause they didnt get to go bye bye, fight with the straps AGAIN, actually fall on your behind pulling the dang straps loose, think we may have it so this time check with baby , who is by now cranky , wanting bottle , sleepy , and DOES NOT want back in that torture machine that squeezes the breath out of him because is too tight on him. whew now wonder is it really worth it, i should go and leave them home this trip, but the crying kids want to go! even sleepy man , though he is too tired to know it lol, finally lug it back into the van just to wrestle with the seat belt, making sure it is lined up correctly, re- reloading everyone, and finally , finally getting little man in it comfortably !! so i think that the sliding shoulder height adjustment would be heaven sent!!

  34. Doreen R says

    Installation is the hardest part and they have color-code all of our belt paths. That makes things so much easier.

  35. Heather M says

    Installing my Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 is a Pain in the butt. So I think this locking system will help that!

  36. Marci says

    I have leather seats that are kinda like buckets. So getting a carseat to fit snuggly is darn near impossible. No matter how hard I try or even if I get into it with all my weight I still can’t get it tight enough…GRRR!

    With the bottom base the way it is, it would fit very well in my seat.

  37. says

    Installation of a car seat has always been the most difficult for me.

    The easy adjust Two-position recline will help tremendously with installation.

  38. Kristie Belding says

    Strapping our traditional infant car seat into the car is sometimes a pain, after mastering the puzzle piece buckle of course. My car model came out in 2002, but was the last model NOT to have rear bottom seat clips (have top of seat clips though). I have to use a baby seat foam wedge to secure the seat base. I know I have it in there as tight as humanly possible, but the foam sometimes slips or looks off after only two snap-ins. Our 9 month old will soon be graduating to the next stage within 4lbs, so seat shopping is our next step

    A new latching system would work wonders, as well as a regular buckle to cut loading time in half! Our daughter is not the most patient of sitters when being strapped down. Taking time to fiddle with both straps, buckle, and seat base is a real pain for both parent and child.

    I love that True Fit comes with built in arm rests and a cup holder. My 5yr old nephew told his mommy I needed arm rests for his cousin’s new car seat, because there were none in the back seat (we have the same model car).

  39. says

    The hardest thing for me is securing the car seat evenly. I always feel as if it is going to tumble over!
    I am loving the simple adjustment on this car seat!

  40. says

    The most difficult part for me was getting the cars seat belt threaded through and pulled enough to get the seat in really tight.
    melissap21702{at}aol{dot}com

  41. says

    Love this!
    And let’s not forget about installation: all of our True Fit car seats feature built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions. We also color-code all of our belt paths, making it easier for you to locate just where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat.

    melissap21702{at}aol{dot}com

  42. says

    I always hate the adjusting straps and trying to get everything tight. Looks like this new seat should resolve those issues.

  43. Emily says

    I hated trying to get it perfectly level from front to back & side to side- ahhhh!

  44. Judith v says

    Installing is especially difficult. I can never get it tight enough. I even kneel in the car seat to get it tight

  45. Judith says

    The car seats feature built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions. We also color-code all of our belt paths, making it easier for you to locate just where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat.

  46. says

    The part DH and I have a hard time with is the angle of the car set. It needs to be level and putting a towel underneath the seat does not seen the best idea but that is what the instructions state. The Easy-to-read center angle indicator with two position settings would help with this problem.

    member(dot)thao(at)gmail.com

  47. Autumn B. says

    installing is the hardest part & i saw this on the website
    “Ease of Use” ratings from the National Highway Transportation Administration” – so i know it should be easy to install!

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

  48. R Hicks says

    The part most frustrating to me is figuring out which belts go where. On their system they are color coded. This is a BIG help

  49. Lisa Woods says

    Installation is always a pain when using car seat and not knowing how to get it buckled in but the seat belt path is color coded to help solve that problem for me.

  50. Cheryl W says

    The most difficult part for me is getting it in the car correctly. They make them so difficult. This one looks so easy!

  51. Carol says

    I can’t stand thread the belts, and totally appreciate the Color-coded belt paths for easy installation! To be honest, I don’t and never could figure out how to install a car seat, it’s like Advanced Physics to me. I usually had/have my husband do it while I read the instructions. One time I had a policeman do it when they had a free carseat installation symposium in our town.

    Great car seat, with a new baby in the family due this summer, we could use it!

  52. mickeyfan says

    Kids grow so fast and I hate having to adjust the straps all the time (not to mention buying a new seat at different sizes)

    Ever try to adjust or rethread the harness straps on a car seat? Unless you have a few hours to spare, you will really appreciate our no-rethread, easy-to-adjust harness system.
    It also fits kids up to 65 lbs!

  53. says

    The hardest part for me is changing the height of the straps. It is such a pain to have to unhook everything and feed the straps through. The True Fit Rebound Convertible Car Seat would easily change this. If all you have to do is move a lever it will take seconds versus 20 minutes. I would definitely like this car seat.

  54. Elizabeth says

    installation is always the biggest pain for me. i like that there are color coded belts to help me with that!

  55. Jessica says

    My problem is trying to get it tight enough with my awkwardly placed seat belts. This would help because it has easy-to-access shoulder belt height adjusters on each side of the seat, and they are clearly marked with recommended positions (four) based on whether you are installing in a rear- or forward-facing position.

  56. says

    A big fear is if I have it installed correctly. Is it the right way? Is it secure? I love this information I found out about the The First Years True Fit Car Seat:
    “We have added a center angle indicator in the front of our seat for use when installing in the rear-facing position. This new easy-to-read indicator will help you determine if you have installed your seat correctly.
    We have also moved both side LATCH attachments so they are easy to access when you are installing your seat and easy to secure when you remove the seat from your vehicle.”

  57. says

    Definitely moving carseats from one car to another is the largest pain that we have with seats. We are constantly doing this so that I can have a seat in my car for my granddaughter.
    Looks like the LATCH system would help us out plus the unique belt attachment situation as shown in your photos. That looks fab!
    Thanks for such a great giveaway!
    Robin
    cokelush at gmail

  58. Ellie W says

    The installation is always hardest for me.
    This should help with that.
    We have also moved both side LATCH attachments so they are easy to access when you are installing your seat and easy to secure when you remove the seat from your vehicle.

  59. Stephanie V. says

    installation – always give up and wait for hubby to figure it out. built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions. We also color-code all of our belt paths, making it easier for you to locate just where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat. Wondering about side-impact testing? The True Fit seats all have deep side wings and they are all side-impact tested to International Standards! – -all would help me!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  60. says

    The installation is definately the most difficult for me. I always need help! The Latch system would be great to make it easier for me.

  61. says

    So I am absolutely clueless when it comes to adjusting the harness in our current car seat. Which is why my loving husband has always done it. Now, it seems that even I could adjust the harness with this true fit car seat. & it has a cup holder!! A feature I am looking for, and I am sure I will come to hate once my baby is older. :)

  62. Carol G says

    Installation is the most difficult thing about a car seat, and this seat has color coded belt paths to show exactly where the car seat belts should go.

  63. says

    the hardest thing for me is when I move the seat from one car to another, getting the seat to fit tightly without contorting my body and pulling muscles.

  64. Liz says

    Hello my dear cat –

    Hmm… you must have been reading my mind! We are in the process of buying another 1 – 2 car seats because we have to take the boys to “school” every day and there are times that I can pick them up or Matt has to pick them up or even their grandmother will pick them up… all depending on the day.

    The thought about taking car seats in and out on a daily basis is enough for me to spend the extra 250 that we don’t have on more car seats to keep in everyone’s cars. You would think we had 6 kids!!

    Then you have to figure out which boy goes in which seat because they are different sizes… the no rethread easy to adjust harness system will help with all of that.

    Hugs… miss you! Liz

  65. Aura says

    I can’t stand cleaning the car seat- it’s such an ordeal having to uninstall, get the fabric off, figure out how to put it back on and then reinstall it. With the true fit the no rethread harness and easy off pad clean up should be much easier

  66. Karen P says

    My biggest struggle is installation so obviously the latch system is going to help the most.

  67. Kathy Luman says

    I have always had trouble adjusting the straps that go against the child. I am always afraid of getting it to tight or not tight enough.

  68. Kathy Luman says

    All of this will be a great help. # Easy adjust, no rethread harness for use to 65lbs.
    # Multi-position crotch strap adjustment
    # Easy-off pad snaps on and off with out rethreading harness
    # Color-coded belt paths for easy installation

  69. Evelyn says

    The hardest part about installing a carseat for me is knowing if I have it in right. Is the seat reclined enough? Is it too reclined? Is it in tight enough? How tight do I pull the tether? I think the angle indicators and the built-in lock-offs on this seat would help me feel better about having the seat installed properly.

  70. Brad says

    The biggest problem we have is getting the seat installed. Our new car has the latch system, but our current car seat doesn’t. This new seat would solve that problem.

  71. Janel C says

    Installation!!! Definitely!!! Easy adjust, no rethread harness for use to 65lbs. This feature will help as I won’t have to reinstall just for growth! Yay!!

  72. Miguel says

    I generally don’t have to deal with installing the carseat, so the hardest thing for me is struggling to get my son into the seat and the harness tightened properly. The True Fit carseat has a one-piece harness which makes it easier to get it around the child. It also has the adjustable harness to make it easy to always have the harness the correct height.

  73. Heather McDonough says

    The worst part is moving car seats between different vehicles.

  74. Sausan says

    1. Installing your own car seat is scary. I worry that the car set is not tight enough or not at the correct angle. My son is 7 months and we have not travelled in any other car but ours that has the car seat base checked (read installed) by the fire dept. I have read the instructions but don’t trust myself.

    2. The main problem that will be solved is trusting that I know what I am doing and not to be frightened of changing the shoulder strap height, cleaning the cover, cleaning under the seat etc. because of the clearly marked labels and built-in lock offs. Oh and the price is nice too!

  75. amhst10 says

    I have a 4 year niece and I can’t even get the seat belt right so since I’m having my first child in October… I’m concerned about the installation and everything that goes with it. I think that the labels in assisting the caregiver to be able to use the car seat (child restraint) properly.

    amhst10@gmail.com

  76. Nancy C says

    I’m quite messy. It’s great that you can wash the cover – nice and clean, nice and easy.

  77. Lauren Foster says

    YES!! This is what I was looking for: Does your child ever make a little mess with their animal crackers in the car? The combination of our no-rethread harness and our easy-off pad makes clean-up a snap–literally, our pad snaps right off! Simply lift the center flap on the pad, unsnap the sides and clean up is as simple as can be. And once your pad is clean, it snaps back on in seconds hassle-free!

    TMI: my son vomited in his current seat and it was a nightmare to get the cover off to clean!

    anamlgrl@yahoo.com

  78. Jennifer T. says

    For me, the hardest part for most carseats is the mechanism that tightens or loosens the harness. I love that this carseat doesn’t have a wheel/lever combo but a button-like lever to help you placing and taking your child in/out of the seat.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

  79. Amy says

    Installation and adjusting the harness are the two biggest problems for me, which will be made easier by the side LATCH attachments and the no-rethread easy-to-adjust harness features of this car seat.

  80. says

    Taking the baby out of the carseat is actually the hardest, I find the release buttons so difficult to use. I would love to win this cool carseat for my new grandbaby due this summer!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  81. Sunnie says

    My hardest part is getting it in there tight enough down. I will usually have it all wobbly by the time my husband comes and fixes it. THis looks like such an easy seat, even the wife could do it!

  82. anthy says

    Snapping the buckle into between his legs is really, really difficult. It’s just so hard to snap in, and not get the materials caught in it, too.

    I love that the True Fit seat has a regular buckle in the front rather than in the bottom, that you DON’T have to bear down on to click in.

    Thank you very much for the giveaway!

    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

    • anthy says

      Oh, whoops! I am a complete dope and entered the contest twice and didn’t even realize. (Saw it in your newsletter and didn’t realize that it’s something that I’d already entered due to checking your site.) Can you please delete this comment?

  83. Gina Walker says

    I can’t get the car seat in there secure and tight enough. No matter how hard I pull, push down on the seat, etc. there’s still more than 1″ of movement in either direction. Uggh. Hands down the best feature on the True Fit would be the removable headrest. Right now, I still rear-face my 15-month old in my sedan and that limits my positioning options to the middle only. Difficult to install there because I can’t use LATCH and hard to get her in daily… takes a toll on my back reaching in that far! :( If I could remove the headrest, then I’m pretty sure I could put the seat anywhere in the backseat! How cool would that be!?!

  84. shirley says

    Height adjustment is my nightmare, sometimes I cannot get it correct at all. The convenient shoulder belt adjustment bar, sounds so good to me, pull, lift to the appropriately labeled height setting and release to lock back in place it sounds to easy, just too easy.

  85. katklaw777 says

    Moving it from car to car has always been difficult and getting the seat belt threaded .
    Their feature of lifting the padding so I can thread the seat belt easier would be most helpful. Wonderful giveaway, thanks.

  86. Sylvia says

    Installation is a problem that would be fixed by the color-code all of their belt paths, making it easier for you to locate just where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat

  87. Amy says

    Taking off car seat covers to clean is a nightmare! The snaps on this seat cover will be fantastic for cleaning.

  88. Trish says

    I think the fact that the cover comes off easily will be extremely helpful in keeping the carseat clean – which is a chore I am never caught up on :)

  89. Courtney St says

    I love that it has an easy-to-read indicator that will help you determine if you have installed your seat correctly. I am always so worried about that.

  90. says

    Switching from one car to the other is difficult for me, but I think the Color-coded belt paths will help out a lot.

  91. Jennifer M says

    Adjusting the straps as they go is usually the hardest for me since we’ve always had to remove fabric and rethread them. The knob for height adjustment makes me really want to try this out since it looks so much easier.

  92. Alison says

    When my own kids were rear-facing, it was more difficult than ever to adjust the straps as the one adjuster strap was hidden between their seat and the vehicle seat. This would definitely solve that issue. This car seat would be a gift for my surrogate son who is due in June. <3

    THANK YOU!! :D

  93. says

    By far, installation is the worst part for us- we never ever take our carseats out because installation is such a challenge! So I love that this one features built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions along with a color-code all of belt paths, making it easier for you to locate just where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat.

  94. says

    The most difficult part for me is rethreading the shoulder straps. I like that this seat makes it much easier to adjust the harness height.

  95. maya says

    Ugh, I am so intimidated by installing carseats. I am always afraid it is just not tight enough. The feature that will really help me out is the easy harness adjustment so that this carseat can easily be used for 2 kids in our second car. thank you!

  96. Amanda Hoberg says

    Making sure it’s properly secured to the seat itself. That’s the hardest, scariest part for me. Thanks!

  97. Marci says

    I have trouble getting the seat in tight. My seats are sorts like bucket seats and are leather. No matter how much effort I put in it I jut can’t get it snug.
    This seat has a base which would fit in my car much better then what I have.

  98. says

    I don’t know, we have not needed to use one yet. We’ll start in June with our first. The feature of this seat that will solve that for me is by being in my life and letting me see how I can put it in the car to start off with. #1 is passing inspection right?

  99. Sue E says

    The hardest part for me is when I have to put the carseat in my car as opposed to the truck.. There is no room to work with it and it’s difficult to get the seatbelt threaded through the opening. The side latch looks like it would be a big help.

  100. says

    Install for me! I always make my husband deal with it. I think the color coded belt pathway system will simplfy the install process for me!!!

  101. Emily R. says

    Everything about installing car seats is hard for me. The color coded belt paths would be helpful for me.

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  102. michelle frame says

    The hardest part is keeping my daughter in the seatbelt. She slips her arms out of the straps.

  103. michelle frame says

    I think the secured in a 5-point harness will help keep my daughter in her seat.

  104. Jennifer W. says

    Installation has to be the most difficult for me. Currently, we only have 1 vehicle, which my husband takes to work every day, and in the evening, when I want to get out of the house with my daughter, I have to re-install the car seat. The color coded belt paths would make this process alot easier for me.

  105. says

    Installation is the toughest part for me. It’s tough to have to bend over and get the seat belt through and locked in place. This puts a beating on your back.

  106. Linda says

    The installation is hardest for me, I’m so afraid I won’t get it in right!

  107. Jessica Wiese says

    I have the most difficult time installing my daughter’s car seat when using the seat belt. We have one car with LATCH and one without. The car with LATCH is an extremely easy install. The car without is a pain. It takes me forever to get a good fit. My daughter is still rear-facing at 2, so that makes the install that much more difficult. I have to thread the belt under the cover (usually ending up with several scratches on my hands), climb into the seat, buckle it, and then proceed to tighten it as tight as I can get it.

    I love that the True-fit has the center padding that lifts up. I also like the belt clamp. What an awesome feature! Those options alone would make installing so, so much easier for me (or my husband).

  108. Laurie Adams says

    I love the latch system but never know if I have them tight enough. It is difficult to tighten them with the angle they are at but with this new seat, they have repositioned them making it easier to install properly…so they say; i would love to try it for myself.

  109. L.D. says

    Installation is always the worst and when you have to move the seat from car to car it’s a pain in the …

  110. says

    adjusting the straps as they get bigger is a problem!

    they fix that by making a no thread, easy adjust strap system

  111. Nicole says

    Installation is always hard. I never know if I have the seat in correctly. The angle indicator would be a big help. It would totally remove all of the guess work!

  112. says

    I hate having to deal with the harness – tightening it, and adjusting the height. I like that The True Fit has a harness that adjusts in the front no more having to take the whole care seat out when it needs adjusting.

    thanks so much for the awesome giveaway

  113. SHANNA says

    1. Definitely istallation. I always have to have my father do it, it confuses the heck out of me, and I always doubt myself that I did it right! hehe!

    2. True Fit car seats feature built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions. We also color-code all of our belt paths, making it easier for you to locate just where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat.

  114. says

    I can never figure out how the straps go back onto a car seat once I have removed them for adjustment. I have always had to have Daddy fix it after I tore it apart. I would get so frustrated after the third time and still the straps are backwards or twisted. The feature of the True Fit Premier Convertible Car seat that would fix this problem is the Easy adjust, no rethread harness for use to 65lbs.
    Another problem I always had was fitting my hand through the tiny car seat holes to latch the car seat belt. I have small hands so I don’t know how someone with large hand does it. My hands are usually sore from squishing the bones trying to get the belt through.The easy Color-coded belt paths for easy installation helps with this problem too.

  115. Jeanette Huston says

    What I find difficult is securing the car seat in the car securly with the seat belt. Afterwards it always moves around easily. I would like to try out this True fits car seats moved side LATCH system. It sounds like it would be helpful.

    Jeanette Huston
    chewysmum79@yahoo.com

  116. says

    I always get nervous that I haven’t belted it in tight enough, but, the True Fit Convertible Car Seats have all been awarded high “Ease of Use” ratings from the NHTSA

  117. Christie says

    The worst part of installing a car seat is when transferring it from one car to another and worrying if it’s installed correctly. The seat has a angle indicator that would fix that!

  118. Tomi says

    Installation has ALWAYS been an issue for me & car seats. The adjustable latches are definitely a plus.

  119. Jodi says

    I commented on your post with the recipe for the orange marbled cake with the citrus glaze.

  120. Laura says

    Another vote for the most difficult part being installation. I always feel like I’m doing it wrong and that the seat is never secure enough. The True Fit would solve this with the enter angle indicator in the front of the seat for use when installing in the rear-facing position.

  121. Katie says

    I have the hardest time adjusting the straps on my daughter’s car seat. When I’ve done it in the past they always get twisted and tangled. I love the idea of the True Fit’s “easy adjust, no rethread harness.” I’m also sold on the safety rating!

  122. says

    Installation… I hate installing car seats. The Latch system helps make this an easier task. Thanks for letting me know how easy this seat is to install. I am in the market for a car seat so I will be taking a close look at this one!

  123. Julia Semans says

    Definitely buckling! My poor little grandson – by the time I get it buckled everysingle time, he’s crrying, I’m crying….. Traumatized by the carseat!

  124. Brian says

    Installation is always the hardest part of anything, but especially with car seats. I see that the True Fit Premier Car Seat actually has a removable headset. That would help for whenever I’m going to try a rear-facing installation.

  125. Maria says

    My daughter always feels trapped her car seat so I love the multi-position crotch strap adjustment feature of the True Fit Premier Car Seat!

  126. eric says

    i hate installation and if their car seat “received five-star Ease of Use government rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)” then that problem is solved

  127. says

    I hate the latches! I’m glad to see the latch attachments were moved to the side. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  128. says

    I HATE installing the car seat. And I’m terrified to move it between cars, so I just use the same car if we have to go somewhere with the baby. I also don’t like trying to loosen the straps in my current car seat because the lever is so hard to access (it’s pushed really hard against the seat). Ugh!

  129. says

    I’m always worried that I’m not securing it properly — I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped by one of those car seat checkpoint things, just to make sure. The fact that the True Fit Premier car seat has the LATCH system built right in would definitely make things easier for me.

    Thanks for having such a great giveaway, it was a fun way for me to discover your blog!

  130. Lisa says

    We have multiple cars and only one carseat so far so we’re always moving it around. I find it hard to install so I make my husband do it. I love that they color-code all of the belt paths, making it easier to locate just where you should be putting your car seat belts when you install your seat. Very helpful!

  131. Cynthia R says

    Getting the car seat through the seat belt can be difficult sometimes esp if you have to take it in and out.

  132. Cynthia R says

    website said “the the installation features to support how well the car seat (child restraint) fits into the automobile,” sounds like it would solve my seat belt problem

  133. says

    Getting the straps set just right so they aren’t too tight or too loose are always my biggest challenge with any car seat I have used in the past.

    I think having the Multi-Position Crotch Strap Adjustment as well as the harness will help with that. The Crotch Strap is always the one that feels like I’m pulling on and making it uncomfy for the girls!

  134. Jodi says

    I am always afraid that I don’t have the seat installed correctly. I love this about the True Fit

    We have added a center angle indicator in the front of our seat for use when installing in the rear-facing position. This new easy-to-read indicator will help you determine if you have installed your seat correctly. For your infant, it will indicate the advocate-recommended 45-degree angle for installation (without our headrest) and as you keep it rear-facing to 35lbs (with the headrest) you can check for the recommended 35-degree angle for installation.

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  135. adrienne says

    I totally can’t install a car seat in the car. It’s too scary and I make my husband do it. I like True Fits Latch system. It looks like it’ll be easier.

  136. nicole gladit says

    Installation is always an issue, scared that it’s not installed properly. the latch system would give me more peace of mind

  137. Kae says

    I don’t like having the harness to far below her shoulders, having an infinate/ no thread harness would help out greatly.

  138. Mitzi says

    My seat belts don’t lock, having to deal with a locking clip is such a pain. Having built in lock off’s would be so much easier.

  139. Krystal says

    My child is 40lbs and is only three, no where close to being booster ready. Having higher harness height and heigher weight limit would keep him in a 5pt harness for at least a couple years. Then hopefully booster ready.

  140. trixx says

    I always have a hard time adjusting the straps on my daughter’s carseat. How cool is it that they have a no-rethread, easy-to-adjust harness system? Would make my life easier!

  141. shawna says

    Getting the darn thing installed with the latch system on this one would help with that!

  142. lilshuga2001 says

    the buklng up part~ I heart the lift buckle!!! Thanks for the chance!!

  143. sharon martinez says

    I have 9 grandchildren , right now I daily care for my one year old grandson , The buckle sounds like it would be very easy to use. Between a touch of arthritis now and then and a squirmy one yr old I need a super easy super fast super safe buckle

    Thank you lunadelmar_99@yahoo.com

  144. Eileen says

    Oh the WORST is changing the harness to adapt to the ever changing coats/outer clothing when weather changes so quickly. It has always been a NIGHTMARE for me with kids and grandkids. I am psyched about this quick lever/latch to easily change this when you need to tighten or loosen the harness. I am always feeling scared they are not in tight enough OR are so cramped in with the straps too tight.

    thanks so much…what a FANTASTIC chance to try a great product and we have a new niece coming whose first-time parents could REALLY use this!

  145. kristy says

    Installation is really difficult but the True Fit car seats feature built-in lock-offs and a LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions

  146. Eileen says

    I left a comment about your Easter 2010 post and pictures. LOVE this!

  147. amy h says

    The installation! I have a difficult time telling if my friends car seat is securely latched in my car. I would love to win this for her. Thanks!

    • amy h says

      I forgot to mention the feature that would help solve the problem: Built-in lock offs for both rear- and forward-facing installation, external LATCH storage

  148. Ani says

    I think the most difficult part for me is readjusting the shoulder straps. The easy-to-adjust harness system definitely solves that problem for me. It’s such a pain to take the seat out and rethread, as you said, I would love to not have to do that.

  149. DanV says

    The most difficult for me is the installation, so I like the color-coded belt paths

  150. Deborah R says

    Figuring out if I had the right angle was always the hardest part for me. True Fit’s center angle indicator solves that problem!

  151. kathy pease says

    the worst part is getting it installed in the car correctly i always had trouble with that..and i love that the seat is fully-lined with EPP foam and has deep side wings that really surround your child.

  152. megan says

    Tightening and loosening the straps is most difficult for me. We extended rear face our kids, so the tab to tighten up the straps is jammed right up against the seat as it faces backwards and provides an annoying level of pain to get adjusted.

    The thing I love about this seat is that the shoulder straps aren’t re-laced when they need adjusted. :)

    Thanks for the give away, my 18 month old is almost too big for her current seat and we need a new one!

  153. Maman A Droit says

    I hate getting Baby in and out and adjusted quickly-basically straps are a pain. This carseat says it is easy-adjust with no rethreading and the crotch strap is adjustable too. So both those things should help!

  154. R Hicks says

    The hardest part for me is getting the belts adjusted just right. I am always questioning myself if I did it correctly.

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  155. Jane Hoh says

    Ironically it is getting my child to go in it. Once the wrestling match is over, he loves it.

  156. Lily Kwan says

    Installation is the most difficult for me. The feature that will solve that problem for me is the LATCH system for both the rear- and forward-facing positions.

  157. chastidy says

    Cleaning the car seat is HORRIBLE, I love that this car seat has easy-off pad makes clean-up a snap :)

  158. Sheila Hickmon says

    I like the 5 point harness and the hardest part for me is adjusting the straps. I don’t know why, but I can never seem to do it right!
    Thanks!

  159. Combi Car Seat says

    awesome photos, great description, and a great review. Safety and comfort are the main priorities when looking for a car seat. and this is a good candidate.

  160. sharon martinez says

    I care for my 1 yr old grandson daily , the hardest part for me is the buckle. This buckle looks a lot easier to use . Between Nana’s touch of arthritis in the fingers and a squimy grandson I could use a esy safe buckling device

    Thank you
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