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Safety 1st OnSide Air
 
Approximate retail price:
$85
Summary: One of multiple convertible seats offered by Safety 1st, a brand of Dorel Juvenile Group
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Community icon8 people have reviewed this model.
Type: 40 lb. harness capacity car seats
About - Safety 1st OnSide Air

The Safety 1st OnSide Air is part of the car seat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, convertible car seat models like the OnSide Air are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Crash protection:
A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.

Ease of use:
Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat from rear facing to forward facing and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.

Rear facing fit-to-vehicle:
A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a rear-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.
About This Brand

One of the brands offered under the larger Dorel Juvenile Group company, Safety 1st is well known for its home safety products, but also makes play and travel safety products. Safety 1st  offers the widest range of products in the Dorel group.

Features & Specs - Safety 1st OnSide Air
info Rear facing weight range (lbs.) 5-40
info Forward facing weight range (lbs.) 22-40
info Height range (in.) 19-43
info Seat weight (lbs.) 9
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User Reviews - Safety 1st OnSide Air
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1.0
Filmsy design and hard to install
8/30/2014
Pros
Cons
Hard to Install
Poor Construction
Best Uses
Comment:
We bought this for occasional use in my in-laws' car, and I really regret the purchase. Its very hard to install, and even when installed correctly (at least according to the manual), it feels wobbly. We haven't tried forward-facing yet, but I hope that's a little more secure feeling. The seatbelt latch feels cheap, and I don't think it would hold up to heavy use.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Looking for another
3/10/2014
Pros
Easy to install
Safe
Sturdy
Cons
Best Uses
Toddlers
Comment:
We bought this seat on clearance as a back up 2 years ago and ended up using it all the time. It was easy to get in and out, fairly easy to adjust the straps as needed. We had write off accident and it did it's job.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Chest Clip will not close
10/8/2013
Pros
Comfortable
Lightweight
Cons
Poor Construction
The Chest Clip On Our New
Best Uses
Comment:
We got this carseat about 6 months ago to use in our car for my grandson. After only the third use the Chest Clip would not lock and kept popping open. I was finally able to bend the plastic on the clip so it would stay shut but this is a very poor design. I question how reliable it would be in an accident. I plan to obtain a replacement part from the company but worry about this flaw.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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