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Cosco/Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer Alpha Omega/Alpha Omega Elite/3-in-1/All-in-One

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2 15552 Mon February 11, 2013

 

Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
No recommendations $120.00 2.0

 

Description:

This is a review of the Cosco/Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer Alpha Omega/Alpha Omega Elite/3-in-1/Deluxe 3-in-1/All-in-One three-in-one car seat. A three-in-one car seat, like a convertible, first rear-faces, then forward-faces with a five-point harness once rear-facing is outgrown, then has an option to use as a belt-positioning booster. Though marketed under many different brands and names, all models share a similar shell and features, and this review is of all models with notes pertaining to differing features or limits.

PRODUCT FEATURES:

RECOMMENDED CHILD SIZE:

  • Rear facing weight limits: 5-35 lbs. (5-40 lbs. on 65 lb. harness version)
  • Rear facing height limits: 19-36 inches
  • Forward facing age and weight limits: One year of age and 22-40 OR 22-50 OR 22-65 lbs. (depending on model's overall weight limit)
  • Forward facing height limits: 34-43 inches, ears below top of seat, shoulders below top USABLE harness setting (top usable harness setting is lower on seats with 40 lb. limit- see discussion here
  • Booster minimum limits: 40 lbs., 43", 1 year of age
  • Booster maximum limits: 80 OR 100 lbs., 52", ears below top of headrest, shoulders below belt guide

SAFETY FEATURES:

  • Claims "Side Impact Protection"
  • EPP Energy-absorbing foam (many models)

INSTALLATION FEATURES:

  • Deluxe push-on LATCH connectors (some models)
  • Multiple-angle recline range (some newer models)
  • Base with multiple-position recline

CONVENIENCE FEATURES:

  • QuickFit™ padded headrest adjusts with harness in one easy step - never needs re-threading! (Some models adjust from front, some from back)
  • Cup holder

COMFORT FEATURES:

  • Movable armrests
  • Removable infant padding

 

Certified for aircraft use in harness mode.

MSRP (US) $149.99-$199.99 (depending on model)

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Various models have been evaluated for NHTSA Ease-of-Use Ratings. Please see NHTSA's 3-in-1 Ratings as there are too many to list and ratings vary (another example of the variability of NHTSA Ease-of-Use ratings.)

IIHS Not Recommended booster fit ratings (multiple models)

CarseatBlog’s Professional Review Note: review is of older model seat in booster mode (newer models still recieve a Not Recommended rating despite changes.)

Instruction Manual (Manual linked is for 40 lb. model, models with differing weight limits and/or manufacturing dates may differ)

TheCarseatMom’s Quick Review:

The Cosco/Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 seats (marketed under many different names) have been around a long while with only very recent changes. These changes include reinforcing the top slot for harnessed use on models with higher weight limits (see link above), changing the base (it used to be removable- now is not), and upping the weight limits for forward-facing mode. This seat is a popular choice with families who think it is "the only car seat they'll need"; alas, it is not so! The bottom slots are too high for almost any newborns to use the seat safely; the top slots on the 40 lb. harness model are too low for most children to get to a safe booster age (the top slots are decent on others, but taller children may still need another harnessed seat before boostering); the booster mode fit is potentially deadly in a crash (see review link above.) What does it do well? It is a fine seat for rear-facing for children who have outgrown an infant seat, though the 35 lb. limit (except the 65 lb. version) is not as high as some seats on the market, it is decently tall and will work for children who are lighter weight; many can rear-face to 3 years or beyond in this seat, and almost all lighter children will make the minimum recommended 2 years. Heavier children will probably make it to 3 years in the 40 lb. rear-facing 65 lb. harness version. The higher weight limit seats provide a decently tall harness with an over-40-lbs. rating, and some children will make it to a safe booster age in this seat. The no-rethread harness may be good for multiple children sharing a seat. This seat is not recommended as a booster, even for very occasional use. The longer-than-average 8 year expiration means it can be passed down to multiple children (though other seats now often comparable expirations without the drawbacks of this seat as well.) Overall, a fine seat for rear-facing in many cases, though not always the easiest to install, decent for forward-facing, with caveats, and do not use this seat as a booster.  

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Author
mominabigtruck


Registered: October 2006
Location: West Central OH
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed April 25, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $120.00 | Rating: 3 
Pros: Easy to change harness height, nicely padded seat, 8 year expiration, 40lb rfing limit on 65lb seats
Cons: Installation, short top harness height, horrible booster seat
If you are buying this seat and thinking that you are going to use it as you would any convertible seat, rear facing after and infant seat and then forward facing until they are ready for a high back booster and you get a good deal, say $100 or less it's not a bad seat. It's not the easiest installation depending on your vehicle and you practically have to be a rocket scientist to get the cover off to wash but those aren't deal breakers. Once you read the manual and get it installed and you've went through the first time taking it apart and washing the cover and putting it back together it's actually a nice seat. It has a very nicely padded cover and insert that are nice for smaller babies, I'd say probably 2 months and up, and strap covers that some think are a necessity. If you get the 65lb version it rear faces up to 40lbs and that will get most 3 year olds there and then I would say it would fit most 4 year olds forward facing. So, if you have a smaller child or a shorter, chubby child this seat would work great for you. If your child has already outgrown their infant seat at 4 months this is probably not the seat for you, they're going to outgrow it early and then you're faced with the decision of either buying another seat to harness, buying a high backed booster or just using the seat as a booster. And for someone who has spent the srp of $179 a short time ago alot of parents feel obligated to use the seat as a booster because they want to get their money's worth. If you buy this seat and it fits your child and car then that's great, but just know that it is not going to be the last seat you're ever going to need.

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Kobain's Mommy

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Registered: July 2010
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 13
Review Date: Mon February 11, 2013 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $120.00 | Rating: 1 
Pros: Arm reasts move up
Cons: Many!

I HATE this seat. My friend had 2 for her kids and they were a pain to install when I had the kids. One was rear facing and the other was forward facing. They are quickly outgrown in rear and forward facing mode. They make one of the worst boosters on the market. Her son would complain every time we put him in the seat. There are quite a few seats on the market that offer the same if not better rear and facing on the market. The only thing I liked was the arm rests could be moved.



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