The Good – Longer rear-facing and higher maximum weight limit than most of its competitors (highest on the market); Can be used with Lower LATCH tethers for 4 lbs longer than most other convertible car seats; Side Impact Protection with 10 different settings to ensure best fit; Energy and Shock Absorbing foam; Contoured back steel plate; Multiple recline positions; Well Padded shoulder straps and newborn infant insert; small seat that fits most vehicles.
The Bad – It is expensive.
The Bottom Line – If you can afford its hefty price tag, the Peg Perego Convertible Car Seat is an excellent premium product that will certainly give you peace of mind when travelling around with your precious baby onboard. It has every conceivable comfort and safety feature fitted and gets absolutely fantastic reviews from the many parents that have bought it for their babies. I particularly like the extended rear facing aspect and the combination of SIP, SAFE, EPS and steel frame.
Peg Perego Convertible Car Seat – Overview
The Peg Perego Convertible Car Seat is suitable for children weighing between 5 and 70 lbs (provided that they are not more than 49 inches tall). It can be used rear facing up to 45 lbs.
This is the highest rear facing weight limit of any convertible car seat on the market – an important safety feature since the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that rear facing is much safer than forwards facing. The AAP recommend rear facing until at least 2 years of age and preferably longer. This seat ought to be usable rear facing for about 4 years or so.
This seat can be installed in your vehicle either using the adult seat belt or LATCH connectors. LATCH is by far the easiest method of installation and this can have an effect on safety too since research suggests that as many as 75% of belt-fitted seats are installed incorrectly!
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Peace of Mind
There are a number of great safety features on the Peg Perego Convertible Car Seat that that would make me very happy to carry my child around in one. It is now well established that rear facing is at least 5 times safer than forwards facing, and the Peg Perego extends this option by 5 lbs more than most of its competitors. It can also be used with the lower LATCH tethers for 4 lbs more.
Despite its extended use, it is one of the smaller seats and will fit comfortably into most vehicles.
I repeat .. this is the longest extended rear facing convertible car seat on the market!
Other premium seats come with side impact protection and I am not going to claim that the Peg Perego’s is better. However, I do like the combination of the EPS, SAFE and contoured steel back plate features on this seat. There are no objective tests by any independent organisation to prove that this is safer than any other seat, but I would certainly feel very reassured as a parent by these features.
February 2014 LATCH Guidelines
Peg Perego now advises that the LATCH lower tethers should only be used on this model until the child weighs more than 44 lbs. You can still continue to use the seat until the child weighs 70 lbs, but only if you re-install the seat using the adult seat belt instead. You should still use the top tethers as they are not affected by the law change.
One of the good things about this seat is that, because it is quite light (21 lbs), it can be used with the LATCH lower tethers for longer than many of its competitors like the Britax G4 series, Chicco Nextfit, and Recaro Ride Series.
Value for Money
This seat will cost you in the region of $329.99.
This is an excellent premium convertible car seat that comes with every comfort and safety feature that you could ever wish for. It can also be used in rear-facing mode for 5 lbs longer than most of its competitors and it’s overall weight limit is also 5 lbs more (including the Advocate and Nextfit). I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with this seat, but you will have to decide for yourself whether or not the extended use and great features are worth the extra money.
Where to Buy the Peg Perego Convertible Car Seat
After purchasing any child car seat, you should always read the User Manual thoroughly before using it. It is also advisable to visit your local Fire Department or NHTSA Child Car Seat Inspection Centre to ensure that the seat is definitely suitable for your child’s specific requirements and that you have installed it correctly. These services are usually provided free of charge.
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