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I have to second the negative review I just read about the Century Smart
Move. I too got that one for the same reason--the only one rear facing to
30 pounds at the time, and it also had the most reclined position, which
seems desirable because our daughter almost always slept once we got
rolling. But from day one, I have been somewhat disappointed. I think it
has a bona fide design flaw, because although the position does exist it
can't actually be installed rear-facing in the most reclined position
without a dangerous amount of slack in the seatbelt. The seat is designed
so that the seat itself rotates within the base--supposedly some sort of
safety feature. But rear facing, the attaching seatbelt goes through the
seat, not the base. So when you cinch the seat belt down good and tight, it
pulls the seat up from the most reclined position. The people at the 800
number were useless on this issue, and I didn't even bother to approach the
clerks at Toys R Us, where I bought it. It worked fine for us in other
respects, though. Now that we're car-less and living overseas, I could get
positively misty-eyed at the memory of strapping my daughter into it.
I have a Century car seat that I got last year, and I think its the same
one you're talking about. We have a Britax in one car and this in the
other. While it is much cheaper, which is why we got it too, and I am sure
it is equally safe, I do have to say that I find the Britax much easier to
use in the forward facing position (I didn't have the Century when my son
was rear facing) The problem is the strap tightening mechanism. Britax
has a button which releases the straps, and then a simple pull mechanism to
tighten them. The Century has a pull tab to loosen, which loosens the
straps unevenly. Then, when you try to pull the cord to tighten them, they
are uneven, it is very difficult to pull, and both my husband and I find it
hard to get it tight. We often have to get into the front seat and pull
from there to do it. So, in retrospect, I wish we'd gotten another Britax.
In response to the parent who asked about the car seat, I've also heard that
it is highly rated. But where do you get it for $50? I need two!
As a family with 2 cars, we have been using this century car seat and a
model from Evenflo (Ultra I?) for a while. Now I wish I had bought another
century 1000 in stead of the evenflo (it comes with overhead shield-easier
and faster to use, plus a number of add'l features, and costs twice as
much..). Initially, for century 1000 it take a little while to get used to.
The straps tend to be twisted. But that can be easily avoided by a little
patience and care, (which every parent already has plenty of..), i.e. not
hurrying up when putting the child in the seat. It has never been a problem
to us after that initial period of time. You might have already noticed
that 5-point harness restraint the child better than 3-point plus overhead
shield, and indeed it is so in our case. Another problem with the overhead
shield is that it can block the rear view mirror when it is open.
Thinking about how good it works and how much less it costs I often wonder
why people would buy other car seats, and why they are still in the
market... well, I am looking forward to see other parents' comments on this
Thanks to all for your advice on using this seat. Someone asked where I saw
this pricing: I found it listed for $49.99 at BabyCenter.com, and for that
same price on Target.com (I'm presuming it's the same price in their retail
stores and you can save on shipping charges). BabyWorld (Piedmont Ave.
location only) and Rockridge Kids both listed them for considerably more (in
the $65-75 range), although you get much better service there including
My son Nicholas has used a Century Breverra for about a year, and it has
worked very well. He previously had a bar-type booster, and he quickly
figured out how to get out of that.
We're contemplating a new seat for our younger son, and we're probably
going with another Breverra--and I'm pretty sure that they are on sale
for about $50 at Service Merchandise.
I was looking up info on carseats to write a brochure for the families at the daycare I work at. I came
across your website and read about what some parents said about the carseat. I have to totally
disagree. We were able to use it in the full recline position while facing the rear. We used a towel
under the carseat the leveled it to the correct spot(there is a leveler on the side of the carseat that it
should match for the reclining position and rear facing/forward facing position). I spent four months
hunting for that particular carseat and finally found it 45 min. away. I first saw it on the Century
Products website. I was rear ended when my daughter was 6 months and it auto reclined up in the
accident. I was very upset when I could not find another one like it. I had to return it to the insurance
company cause of the accident since you have to replace any carseat in any type of accident. I had no
problems or complaints about the carseat. Just thought someone would like to know
thankyou Mrs Delaney
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