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 Review of the Safety 1st

   onBoard 35 Air Infant Car Seat

  Infant carrier car seat with "Air Protect" side impact protection


  In this review:   Overview    Travel-friendly Features    Travel Considerations

   Bottom Line & My Suggestions     Others You Might Consider     Where to Buy It


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A comfy fit from head rest through leg rest, even going on the maximum height of 32".

Plenty of leg room for the rear-facing tot, and a respectable shade canopy to boot.

Belt lock in the car seat base keeps LATCH belt or seat belt firmly in place.

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 Overview of the Safety 1st onBoard Air 35:

  • Rear-facing from 4 lbs. to 35 lbs. or 32" tall
  • "Air protect" side impact protection
  • 4 harness slot heights
  • Weighs 9 lbs. without base, 15 lbs. with base
With a name like "Onboard Air," you might assume this car seat has special features designed specifically for air travel--especially when you see it featured on the Travels with Baby site. However, the name relates to the "Air Protect" side impact protection built in to this car seat. Nevertheless, as far as infant carrier car seats are concerned, I did find the onBoard Air 35 to be well-suited to travel.

Travel-friendly features of the onBoard Air 35:

  • It can travel without its base.
  • The belt-path is easy to use with seatbelts.
  • "Air Protect" shields offer superior side impact protection (and cushion) without weighing down the seat--a big plus when you plan on toting around this seat up to its maximum capacity.
  • The longer leg rest makes longer drives and flights more comfortable for rear-facing young toddlers.
  • The sun canopy provides more coverage than many others on the market.
  • At 9 lbs., it's still manageable to actually carry with a 1-year-old strapped in (even for me).

Travel considerations:

As with any of the rear-facing infant car seats with higher height limits (30+ inches), installation in compact rental cars may be a tight squeeze. If you are planning travel with a young toddler and still prefer to keep him rear-facing, you may do better in a very compact car with a 40 lbs. max convertible car seat (such as the Scenera or Roundabout, more suggestions here) that can be installed rear-facing with less of a recline. If the cars you'll be traveling in are mid-size and larger, this should not be an issue.

Bottom line and my suggestions for future enhancements:

I like this car seat, and I'm impressed at how comfortably it fits my child even at 1.5 years old. There are times when traveling that it's great to still have the convenience of an infant carrier car seat--such as when you want to transfer him still sleeping out of the taxi or use the sun canopy to keep airplane lights off his face--but one that fits a small toddler. One wish: I keep asking for seatbelt lock-offs on the infant car seats themselves. Someday, somebody's going to grant my wish...

Others to consider:

Sit N Stroll Convertible Car Seat: If you want a portable car seat that can be used rear-facing for infants from 5 lbs. and also forward-facing up to 40 lbs., you might prefer the Sit N Stroll, which also provides wheels when needed for ease of transport through the airport and on other smooth terrain. Read the full review of the Sit N Stroll.

Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster: If your child is already 22 lbs. or more and can ride forward-facing in a car seat (and you are comfortable with that), you might prefer the Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster / Car Seat. It requires a top tether for use, but it provides a 5-point safety harness for use up to 65 lbs. and folds into its own travel bag. Read the full review of the Go Hybrid.

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Car seat provided by Dorel Juvenile / Safety 1st.


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