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Not fully compatible with Snugride 30
on July 19, 2011
I would not recommend this product if you own a Snugride 30 car seat. I purchased this because Graco does not manufacture an extra base specifically for the Snugride 30, and the packaging advertises that this base is compatible with it. However, as several other reviewers have noted, this is only partially the case. Although the car seat does lock into the base, there is no level indicator on the base to allow you to determine whether the car seat is properly angled. For those who own the Snugride 35, the level indicator is on the car seat itself, but the Snugride 30 relies on a level indicator on its base. After browsing the internet for solutions, I have found that it is possible to "eyeball" the angle by using the red line on the side of my car seat, but this really doesn't seem adequate. The level indicator provides convenience and certainty that you have installed the seat right, whereas the red line method is less exact and a hassle. Moreover, Graco does not provide any information in its instructions or on its website about how to deal with the missing level indicator for the Snugride 30. Considering that the only option for Snugride 30 owners is to buy this alternate model of extra base, it seems like a major oversight to neglect the primary problem they will encounter.
Overall, I feel frustrated that Graco has provided a product that is only about 80% compatible with the Snugride 30 and has offered no instructions on how to deal with the missing 20%. I would happily pay for a fully compatible model, but Graco does not manufacture one. For those with a Snugride 30, I would recommend looking into the possibility of ordering a second Snugride 30 base through Graco's website as a "replacement part." Unfortunately, they are out of stock at the moment (perhaps because of this very issue), but I hope that they make them available in the future.