Reviews and Problems with Safety 1st Apex 65 Booster
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Value for money 10
Ease of setup 10
13 June 2010
Summary: My two year old broke his arm and had a long arm cast, he was using a 3rd time around seat for up to 40lbs. It was a real pain to manuever that broken arm into the seat, so I decided it is his turn to get a new car seat. I am so happy we did, it is much easier to get him in and out with the capability of extending the harness further, and the bonus is he can use it until he's out a car seat all together.
Summary: I have always gone with Britax when it comes to carseats, but wanted to try to save a little money this time. Not worth the trouble. This carseat is made so cheaply that I did not feel safe putting my three year old in it. I sent it back and got the Britax Frontier 85. Yes it was quite a bit more, but we couldn't be happier. I read a lot of reviews and decided to take a chance on the Safety 1st, but I won't make that mistake again. You get what you pay for.
Summary: We bought this car seat after our child outgrew her Evenflo Triumph...which was wonderful and I was sad to see it put away. After reading numerous reviews, both professional and by Apex owners, we decided to buy this car seat. First off, if something is not comfortable, my child will be the first to let you know. However, we have not one heard one complaint voiced about comfort with this seat - and we take long 3-hour car rides about every other month.
Summary: I bought a pair of these seats (from Albee Baby for $89 each w/ free shipping) for my 3.5 yr old twin boys. At 40# they outgrew their other carseats, but I still wanted them in a 5-point restraint. Why is that so hard to find? Like the previous posters, I also had trouble with the crotch strap being way too short, causing the buckle to press on their thighs.
Summary: A Britax this seat isn't but for the money it is a decent seat. My 40 lb, 40 inch 2.5 year old can sit in it comfortably. I don't know that she will make it to 65 lbs with the harness but there is a good bit of growing room left.
Summary: I bought this seat instead of the Graco Nautilus that has a similar weight harness. I wish that I had bought the Graco that I was able to see in person at the big mart store because this seat is way bigger. My 8 year old daughter sits in this and it looks like a mini lazy boy. I was hoping to down size from the big Britax car seat that my son was in but instead this is bigger.
Fix the crotch strap/base then it would be perfect
K. abberley, Amazon
10 January 2010
Summary: I have to agree with others that the crotch strap is way too short. When I first put my almost 3yr old 30lb daughter (90th % for height) the crotch strap was so short that the buckle was digging into her thighs. I then realized the strap could be moved foward another slot so we tried again and although it fit much better I could not imagine it working to 80lbs if it fit just perfectly at 30lbs!
Summary: We LOVE this booster seat. I purchased this seat after doing A LOT of research. I wanted a booster with a 5pt harness over the 40lbs offered by most others. Pretty much, at the time (3 years ago! We've gotten A LOT of use out of this seat!!) this seat and the Britax booster were the only options that met my criteria. And, the Britax was more than DOUBLE the price. We've been on 9-10 hr car rides, up & down the East coast.
Summary: The seat is roomy and sturdy and we have no issues with it. It is working fine for my 40 lb 4 year old with plenty of room to grow (its actually big enough for my full-grown butt.) As some of the other reviews mentioned, the bottom strap that goes between the legs should be made longer. We're already using it at the longest setting. To add more crotch room, I may take out the bottom cushion since its barely attached and gets in the way.
Summary: Well, I purchased this car seat a month ago and am now trying to figure out if I should return it. Like many parents of tall children, I want a booster seat that will allow my 4 1/2 year old to stay in the 5pt harness until she is a few years older. The Britax Marathon is too big for my car and the Nautilus limits the 5 pt harness use to 52 inches. We like the Apex well enough, but the strap for the bottom, middle connection on the harness is very short.