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Old 07-28-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Graco Affix Booster seats???

Anyone have this one?? We have done Graco all the way and never been unhappy. Need a really good, belt position high back booster for a 7 year old and thought this one looks really nice but have heard nothing about it. Love some feed back. Its about 80.00 but I really want something pretty comfortable.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:34 PM   #2
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Here's my Amazon review.

I was a child passenger safety technician for 9 years so I have had experience with tons of different car seats and boosters. I am a big fan of latchable boosters and was very happy to see one come on the market with a lower price point. Unfortunately, this seat has a huge design flaw. The two LATCH attachments each have their own straps to pull to tighten them. They are placed one on top of the other with a single push button to release both. Problem is, the push button doesn't press tight enough to hold both straps tight so the side that runs on the bottom doesn't lock in place. The end result is that when you install the seat and tighten the LATCH attachments, one side stays tight, but if you pull gently on the other side, it will pull away from the vehicle seat about 5 inches. It is essentially the same as installing the booster with only one LATCH anchor, which most of us would never do because it isn't safe. How will this perform in a crash? Who knows? My guess is, when the child and the seat start to move forward (which they will before the seatbelts fully engage), the LATCH on one side will engage causing the seat to pivot toward that side which will put the child completely out of position behind the vehicle seatbelt. Or, it might function fine. Unfortunately, I'm not comfortable letting my child be Graco's crash test dummy.

I called Graco and the rep was absolutely useless. She just kept telling me the seat could be used without LATCH and that LATCH was only to make it easier for the child to buckle himself in and that the seatbelt is what holds the child in. I kept trying to explain that I knew the seatbelt held the child in, but that the crash dynamics can change when one side comes loose in a crash and the other doesn't and I guarantee Graco hasn't crash tested a seat with LATCH that is not functioning properly. I was very bothered when she went to talk to someone else and came back and sounded out the word "projectile" like it was something she had never heard. My level of faith in Graco and their customer service just went way down.
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