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Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car Seat, Dexter

4.4 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Rear-facing 5-40 pounds
  • Forward-facing 22-65 pounds
  • Booster mode 40-100 pounds
  • Rotating arm rests
  • Removable infant lumbar cushion
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Product Description

Color: Dexter

Product Description

3 modes of use: rear-facing 5-40 pounds, forward-facing 22-65 pounds, booster mode 40-100 pounds, quickfit harness system: adjust harness height from the front in one easy step. Side impact protection, 3-position recline, adjusts with one hand, removable infant head support, epp energy absorbing foam, rotating arm rests, removable infant lumbar cushion, detachable cup holder, 5-point harness with up-front adjustment.

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3 modes of use: rear-facing 5-40 pounds, forward-facing 22-65 pounds, booster mode 40-100 pounds, quickfit harness system: adjust harness height from the front in one easy step. Side impact protection, 3-position recline, adjusts with one hand, removable infant head support, epp energy absorbing foam, rotating arm rests, removable infant lumbar cushion, detachable cup holder, 5-point harness with up-front adjustment.

Product Information

Color: Dexter
Technical Details
Item Weight20 pounds
Product Dimensions22.5 x 20.8 x 28 inches
UPC884392571221 884392605704
Item model numberCC129BJZ
Minimum weight recommendation5 Pounds
Maximum weight recommendation100 Pounds
Number of items1
Batteries requiredNo
Seating capacity20.00
  
Additional Information
ASINB006ZIST3G
Best Sellers Rank #47,466 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight20 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Guide 65 Alpha Omega Elite Alpha Elite 65 Complete Air 65 Advance SE 65 Air+
Total Weight Range 5-65 lbs. 5-100 lbs. 5-100 lbs. 5-65 lbs. 5-65 lbs.
Rear Facing 5-40 lbs. 5-35 lbs. 5-40 lbs. 5-40 lbs. 5-40 lbs.
Forward Facing 22-65 lbs. 22-50 lbs. 22-65 lbs. 22-65 lbs. 22-65 lbs.
Belt-Positioning Booster N/A 40-100 lbs. 40-100 lbs. N/A N/A
Side Impact Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Protect (Advanced Side Impact Protection) No No No Yes Yes
GCell HX Foam (Part of 360 Protection System) No No No No Yes
Steel Reinforced Frame No No No No Yes
Shoulder Harness Height Adjustment Basic QuickFit, easy adjustment QuickFit, easy adjustment QuickFit, easy adjustment QuickFit, one hand adjustment
Recline Basic Multi-Position Multi-Position Basic Multi-Position

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Color: Dexter
We bought the Alpha Elite 65 car seat a year ago because it was a top safety pick and because our son was outgrowing his Graco car seat. Over all it has been a good car seat. Below are some draw backs we had when using the car seat.

I HIGHLY SUGGEST THAT BEFORE YOU BUY THIS CAR SEAT YOU TRY IT OUT IN YOUR CAR FIRST! (toyRus will usually let you do this) ESPECIALLY IF YOU PLAN ON USING THIS IN THE REAR FACING OPTION!

Issues-

REAR FACING- Unless you have flat back seats you will probably have to use a fun noodle or rolled up towel to get the car seat in the correct elevated position. This car seat would not fit in our car in the rear facing position. We drive a Toyota Yaris 4 door Sedan (a sub compact) but from the other reviews I have read it won't fit in SUV in the correct position either. This is why you should check to make sure it fits correctly before you buy it.

CLEANING- This car seat is a pain in the butt to clean. I just spent an hour trying to get the washable cover off!!! Removing the harness system is easy except when you have to remove the harness guides. (the little slots in the bottom of the seat where the straps come through).To remove theses harness guides you have to recline the seat all the way forward, reach underneath the car seat with one hand and push while you pull with your other hand from the top of the seat. There is no room to get your hand underneath and close to the guides to properly do this. Its also hard to hold the car seat while you do it. My suggestion is to first remove the harness straps, release all the elastic bands that keep the cover in place and then grab the cover close to the harness guides and give one quick hard tug.

Suggestion- When using forward facing option, the seat must be fully upright and flush against the back of the cars seat. We had to remove the headrests in our car to get the desired effect.
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***CURRENT REVIEW*** 7/25/13 (5 stars given)

PROS
-Beautiful seat. Soft fabric. Excellent design.
-Reclines in front & rear facing position
-Large and comfortable. Plenty of room for my 11-month old daughter to grow.
-3-in-1; Rear facing 5-40#, Forward facing 22-65#, booster 40-100# - I will not have to buy another car seat for her until this one expires. Here's hoping she grows out of it before that happens.
-Baby easy in, easy out
-Great safety rating.
-Got it on Amazon.com sale and saved a TON. Thank you, Amazon.

CONS
-Difficult to get strapped into the car in the rear facing position. But not impossible. (See below.)
-Large; I can see why people who own smaller sedans or compact vehicles would want to steer clear of this.
-Without the sale, I would never have purchased this car seat at $250+ (please see initial review below).

Please read initial review for my initial research.

Received this seat very quickly from Amazon.com. Immediately removed it from the box and read the instructions. I also filled out the safety recall ticket and dropped that in the mail box. A previous reviewer had complaints of the manual being hard to read/looking nothing like the seat. I did not notice this. I thought they were simple and straight forward. The photos were very helpful.

After reading the instructions, I placed my daughter in the seat to adjust the straps and headrest to get her well situated before installing it in the vehicle. As I have read every single review on this seat (taking special note of the ones 3 stars or less) I wanted to comment that I had no issues clasping or unclasping the buckle between her legs or over her chest as one reviewer suggested.
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I can't not express enough how in love I am with this car seat. I love the different stages it can be and the extra head rest. It gives my baby room without being squeezed into something. Honestly wish I had ordered it sooner.
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I bought this to transition my daughter from her infant car seat and she was 4 months old and did not fit in it. The straps were still too high and the fire department in my area agreed, so I had to wait until she was 6 months old in order to use it. Also this item is VERY large. I decided to sell it and get a more compact car seat.
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Color: Dexter Verified Purchase
This seat is a terrible safety hazard. We used it for less than a year (Ours is the Flutter pattern.). I decided to wash the cover today (something I've done before). I loosened the cover, took the harness straps out of the fabric guides, and then eased the guides out of their slots. I guided the cover up over the headrest, and then sat the seat upright to finish taking it off. When I sat the seat up, there was a loud popping noise, and the assembly that attaches the harness to the seat suddenly let loose and FLEW off of the seat with so much force that if it had hit someone, they could have been seriously injured.

I have no idea what happened. I was not trying to force the cover off, and in fact, there was nothing attached to the assembly at that time (except for the fabric harness guides, which were hanging loose). Everything had been loosened or removed as needed. It just broke.

I'm horrified. This looks like a manufacturing defect. What if we'd been in an accident? My three-year-old daughter might have been thrown from her car seat!
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