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Graco Safe Seat Infant Car Seat, Portica (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • EPS energy absorbing foam. Removable head support, Latch equipped.
  • Easy to read level indicator for proper installation.
  • 5 point harness for a secure fit, 2 piece chest clip to make buckling and unbuckling easier.
  • 180* adjustable canopy for weather protection
  • Newborns 5-30 lbs.
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Product Description

Product Description

The Infant SafeSeat Car Seat is the only seat that holds babies up to 30 lbs. and 32" tall. That means it fits 97% of one-year-olds and can keep your baby rear-facing for one full year. It's been extensively crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. standards, and engineered for safety.

The seat's base stays put in your car for a convenient, one-time installation. Its seat belt lock design makes it simple to tightly secure the base, and an adjustment dial helps for an easier installation. The seat's patent-pending 5-point harness can also be easily adjusted, thanks to an accessible front strap.

The carrier handle is uniquely designed so it's more comfortable for parents to transport. For baby's comfort, the padded seat has an infant head suport plus 180-degree canopy. All this means you'll enjoy a full year of hassle-free travels with your most precious passenger.


  • Engineer & Crash Tested to meet or Exceed:
    • US Compliance Standard FMVSS 213
    • Side Impact ISO Method
    • New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) - peak Crash Force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard
    • Extreme Car Interior Temperatures
  • Includes EPS, energy absorbing foam liner
  • Fits a 97th percentile of one-year-old children
  • 5-point harness with easy, up front adjust
  • Convenient, Stay-in-Car Base features an innovative belt lock-off design and dial adjustment
  • Lightweight carrier with rubberized ergonomic handle for premium cushioning and comfort
  • 2-piece chest clip visually indicates proper positioning on child
  • Easily snaps into most Graco stroller with a child's tray
  • Easy-to-read level indicator for proper installation
  • LATCH equipped for easy installation
  • Deluxe seat pad for premium comfort
  • Removable infant head support cradles infant's head and neck
  • Harness covers for a cozy ride
  • Machine-washable

From the Manufacturer

The new Infant SafeSeat (Step 1)in Portica is one of the only infant car seats on the market that will accommodate a child rear-facing up to 30 lbs. and 32 inches tall. Thus, this car seat fits 97% of one-year-olds, which is very important because children must remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach one year of age AND at least 20 lbs. The convenient stay-in-car base features an innovative belt lock-off which tightly secures the vehicle seatbelt for easy installation. One-hand dial adjustment on the base will also help ensure that you have the proper angle for installation. The patent pending, 5-point harness buckle features front adjustment which makes buckling & unbuckling more pleasant for both parent & child. This lightweight car seat is also equipped with an ergonomic handle to provide premium cushioning and comfort. In addition to the standard features of our Infant SafeSeat this model is also outfitted with GracoPedic¿ Luxury Foam, 180° rotating canopy, removable infant body support.

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight15.7 pounds
Product Dimensions30.7 x 18.7 x 15.6 inches
Item model number8A15PRT
Maximum weight recommendation30 Pounds
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #253,282 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight19 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

This is a great car seat. I recently bought this one, it is cute for a boy or girl.

Travel. I took my child in a plane for travel I used the Graco car seat bag for the valet check, it worked great. I did not take the base with us and it fit safe and secure in the car using the seat belt. It was a little tricky since the belt strap has to go over the car seat, it was easy with two people one on each side it took less then a minute to secure.

I also bought the Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Stroller Frame. They work great together. Just a couple problems. 1. If you put coffee in the cup holder and go over a bump it could spill on your child. 2. If you have a diaper bag you want to put on the bottom of the stroller, put it in before you put attach the car seat. Otherwise then that, it is fast to open and to travel with.

Note about the base, it is easy to adjust. However, if you have a car with leather seats it is difficult to secure the base. With the use of a non slip rug mat between the seat and base along with a cut up noodle (yes the ones you use in the pool) it was secure. I learned this trick from a fireman who installed the car seat for my 2 year old.

Working with a double stroller by BOB. I also recently bought a Bob Revolution stroller with car seat attachment. Some of the other carseats that work with the BOB stroller requires the back of the stroller to be adusted down (this would mean that everytime you open the stroller it would have be adjusted). I did not have to do this for this carseat, just pop it in and attach the strap and go.

I am very pleased with my purchase.
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Extra size and weight support
Ease of use
Little guy seems to be comfortable during the drive

Have to be a little careful when the clip-in portion (which is made of metal)is released.
Little on the unwieldy side and needs the front seat on a mid-sized sedan (Honda Civic 2007) to be pushed well up front in order for the baby seat to fit in the back.
Some options such as loosening the straps not very intuitive
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The most compelling thing I can mention as a reason to buy this seat is a detail that gets tucked away in the rest of the marketing material: this seat is engineered to double the required crash test ratings.

The car seat industry is only required to meet a fairly low standard to be able to sell their product, and they're not required by law to reveal the results of their crash tests, so no one does.

That's why it's refreshing that Graco has an offering marketed to be safer for your baby! That's what "SafeSeat" means.

Other than that, I only sort of like the car seat. The LATCH hooks are less user friendly than the buckles of our old Chicco car seat base, and though this seat is designed to support babies up to "30 pounds", our tall 9-month old is pushing the limits of the slack in the safety belt.

I also don't like the levelling system of the base, or the cheap "level" (really a free floating plastic dial) to indicate the seat is at the proper angle once installed.

The design of the seat would only earn three stars, but the safety factor of the car seat earns it one extra.

I'd certainly recommend the seat overall, and would definately purchase again.
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My daughter LOVES this car seat.

We had a Graco SnugRide when we had my first son and he loved it. My parents gave me a different SnugRide with a matching double stroller when we had my second son. He hated the car seat. He would cry from the second we put the car seat with him in it in the car to the second we took the car seat out. My M-I-L said it was because he didn't like riding backward. Sure enough when we switched him to the Britax when he was 20 lbs and a year old he was fine.

My daughter used the same SnugRide as my second son for her first 4 months. She did the same thing, she cried from the second I put her in the car to the second I took her out. I mean really crying. It was awful. We drove 5 hours for a summer vacation and we couldn't take it. Not even sitting next to her distracting her helped. My M-I-L said she was the same as my second son but this time I wasn't so sure.

I read all the reviews on Amazon for cheap car seats all the way to the super expensive ones. The SafeSeat had the best reviews so we went ahead and ordered it and had it shipped to our hotel 2nd day for only a few dollars extra.

Well she LOVES it. She is content to ride in it and sometimes even falls asleep in it. What a huge difference. Riding in the car is pleasant for everyone now :).

Maybe the second SnugRide was just uncomfortable. It didn't feel bad there was nothing poking her, but there must have been something, maybe the way she rested in it. Not sure. My poor second son.

Anyway, we love this car seat. The only thing we don't really like is the plastic window in the canopy that allows you to see the baby. I get why it is there but right now it is summer and the poor sun beats down on her little head, so we just cover it with a blanket.
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