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.
- 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.
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.
One lucky reader will win a True Fit Premier Convertible Car Seat, color choice subject to availability.
Closed – Winner Is
1. Tell us what part of using a car seat (ie installation, specific feature) is the most difficult for you?
2. Check out the features of the True Fit Premier Car Seat and tell us which feature of this car seat will solve that problem for you?
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