Where to Buy:
- Rear-facing car seat from 5 to 40 pounds and 19 to 40 inches.
- Forward-facing car seat with harness from 22 to 65 pounds and 34 to 52 inches
- Follow NHTSA’s and American Academy of Pediatrics Car Seat Safety Recommendations
- Complete Air Protect revolutionary side impact technology
- Adjustable head rest with 5 positions and air protect wings on each side – designed to reduce impact forces by releasing air.
- 3 Buckle positions
- 5-point child safety harness with front adjust
- QuickFit Harness system – you can adjust harness from the front without having to uninstall the car seat
- Removable cup holder
- Removable and washable seat pad
- LATCH and seat-belt installation available
- Safety 1st Complete Air 65 LX comes with a 3-position recline
Safety 1st Complete Air 65 Review:
First of all, there are actually two Safety 1st Complete Air 65 Car Seats currently available. The original, and the LX model. Now, the only difference between the two, aside from color options, is the recline feature.
The original Safety 1st Complete Air 65 offers two recline positions, both of which are achieved by locking and unlocking a stand on the back of the base. The upright position is meant to be used forward facing, and the reclined position is meant to be used rear-facing. The new Safety 1st Complete Air 65 LX model offers 3 recline positions, and the mechanism is located at the front of the seat. Position one is full recline, meant to be used rear-facing, and position 2 and 3 are meant to be used forward facing.
What I Like:
You can use the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 rear-facing from 5 to 40 pounds, and forward-facing and harnessed up to 65 pounds. This follows the NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations) car seat safety recommendations. They tell you to keep your child rear facing for as long as possible, and forward-facing and harnessed for as long as possible.
It’s SAFE!! I love the Air Protect Safety Feature. It basically shields your child’s head and neck during an accident, by reducing impact forces through the release of air. The Safety 1st Complete Air 65 offers head support complete with Air Protect wings on either side, as well as cushions at the waist and hips, giving you child optimal protection.
No re-thread harness! The Safety 1st Complete Air 65 offers an adjustable head rest that also adjusts the harness height. You get 5 harness height adjustments, and 3 buckle locations. The only time you have to remove the harness is if you want to wash the seat cover.
It’s COMFORTABLE! The Air Protect wings serve as little pillows for when your little one falls asleep.
You can install the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 using both seat belts or the LATCH system. It’s relatively pretty easy to install as well. Getting the proper angle while installing it rear-facing is NOT so easy.
What I Don’t Like:
The main problem with the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 is its size. It’s long, and if you’re using it rear-facing with an infant you have to use the full recline, which of course makes it even longer. So long that, chances are you’ll have to move your front seats forward just to get it to fit.
Now, if you follow the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 instructions and use a rolled up towel or pool noodle under the seat, you may be able to achieve the 45 degree angle without having to push the front seats forward. Some back seats have enough of a slant, that this is not necessary. Just keep in mind that the towel or noodle may be necessary not just to get the right angle, but to get the right angle and have enough room.
As for customer feedback, the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 did pretty good. With 59 out of 73 rating it 4 to 5 stars, that’s an 81% customer satisfaction rating.
Most really seemed to love it. The Air Protect Safety feature was probably the most loved feature, and almost all of the reviewers commented on the overall quality. They were especially impressed considering the reasonable price.
As for complaints, the number one complaint mirrored my own. Installing the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 rear-facing is a huge pain. There were quite a few that returned to seat because they just couldn’t get it to fit, and they couldn’t get the right angle either. Even after using rolled up towels and pool noodles, quite a few of the reviewers were unsuccessful.
Aside from the size, quite a few of the reviewers also commented on the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 head rest, stating that they were worried that the Air Protect cushions would block their child’s view out the window. Some were quite surprised when it wasn’t an issue, while a couple others stated that it was. Personally, I think it’s a small price to pay for your child’s safety.
All in all, I think the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 is an excellent choice, as long as you can get it to fit in your car. Even though you can use it from 5 to 40 pounds rear-facing, I wouldn’t recommend it for infants that are unable to hold their heads up, mainly because achieving the correct angle is hit and miss. If you’re planning on using it rear-facing for an older child, than the angle is not so much a deal breaker.
So, stick with an infant car seat for the little ones, and consider the Safety 1st Complete Air 65 for toddlers and up.
Also, if you can get the LX model super cheap then I’d go for it, otherwise I wouldn’t waste the extra $30 to $40 dollars for an additional recline position.
Where to Buy:
Still undecided? Check out the video demonstration below or read through some of the Customer Reviews on Amazon.
This video explains the importance of side impact protection as well as the technology behind Safety 1st’s Complete Air Protection.
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