Background on Cosco
When was the company started?
Cosco’s roots can be traced back to Indiana 70 years ago. The company was formerly known as the Columbus Specialty Company, and its products are created by families who are determined to make parenthood a little bit easier. At Cosco, they’re determined to make baby products that are reliable and safe, and they remain up-to-date on the latest safety regulations to ensure that you’re getting the best product for your little one.
What products does the company manufacture?
Cosco manufactures a steady line of baby products including potty training tools, high chairs, car seats, swings, play yards, strollers, walkers and bouncers.
What is the reputation of the company’s products?
Cosco is known nationwide for having safe, simple, and dependable baby products that’ll keep your child safe and entertained. Granted, some consumers feel that the car seats are lacking when it comes to their features. But, all of their car seats contain high-quality features that are designed to protect your child until they exceed the height/weight requirements.
Safest Cosco Convertible Car Seats
The Easy Elite 3-in-1 convertible car seat is made simple and easy to use. Its compact design makes it possible to fit 3 across and have plenty of room to seat other passengers in the back seat. The Easy Elite 3-in-1 is an extended-use car seat, so children can remain in the rear-facing position for a longer period of time. Also, as your child grows, the headrest and harness can easily be adjusted to comfortably fit your little one.
The simplistic design of the Mighty Fit 65 DX convertible car seat will keep your child safe and secure up until they weigh 65 pounds. It’s compact enough to get your front seat passengers plenty of legroom up front. The Mighty Fit 65 DX has built-in Side Impact Protection that gives your child the ultimate head and neck support. To ensure that the Mighty Fit 65 DX fits your growing child, the Mighty Fight 65 DX has 5 adjustable headrest and harness positions.
The Apt 50 convertible car seat is an extremely inexpensive car seat that’s equipped with premium features that work together to give your child the safest ride possible. Rightfully named, the Apt 50 can seat children weighing up to 50 pounds. The compact design of the Apt 50 makes it easy to carry around and travel with. As such, it’s certified for airplane use.
The Scenera NEXT convertible car seat is very simple, yet effective. It has a rear-facing weight limit of 5 to 40 pounds and a forward-facing weight limit of 22 to 40 pounds. Built right into the car seat are padded cushions of Side Impact Protection to provide and safety and security to your child’s head and neck. The Scenera NEXT is also equipped with a 5-point harness and adjustable buckle to ensure that your child rides comfortably on every car ride. You also don’t have to worry about cleanup, because the machine-washable seat pads can easily be removed and thrown in the washer.
Difference Between Cosco Convertible Car Seats
What are the main differences between the four Cosco models described in the previous section?
There aren’t too many differences between the convertible car seats in the previous section. The Easy Elite 3-in-1 is the only one out of these models with a 3-in-1 feature. Also, each model has a different weight limit. There’s about a 10-pound difference between each car seat. The price, I believe, goes hand in hand with this; the lower the weight limit, the cheaper the car seat.
Cosco Convertible Car Seats on Sale
Where can consumers in the USA find Cosco car seats on sale?
Some of their car seats are exclusively sold at Wal-Mart. You can find some of their products at other several local retailers including buybuy Baby, Burlington, Sears, Target, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and more!
Cosco Convertible Car Seats vs Other Manufacturers
Cosco vs Safety 1st Convertible Car Seats
The first difference between these brands is the price. Safety 1st is way more expensive than Cosco, and their car seats are equipped with a feature that provides up to 7 more inches of legroom for passengers in the front seat.
Safety 1st convertible car seats are also fitted with more enhanced features including multiple recline angles, a QuickFit harness, and One-Click LATCH connectors to make installation easier, and create a comfortable car seat experience for your little one. As for safety ratings, Safety 1st does have a slight upper hand.
Be that as it may, both brands are raved for meeting and exceeding the safety regulations set forth by the NHTSA.
Cosco car seat accessories
What accessories should consumers consider to go along with their Cosco convertible car seat?
Currently, Cosco does not manufacture car seat accessories.
Car seats manufactured before December 2013 have a 6-year expiration. After this date, Cosco car seats have a 10-year expiration date.
Cosco car seats are manufactured in the US.
You can purchase Cosco car seats at Wal-Mart, Sears, Target, buybuy Baby, Burlington Khol’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Here’s a short, helpful video on how to put your Cosco car seat back together.
These videos will demonstrate an example of how to install your Cosco car seat in the rear-facing using LATCH and your vehicle seat belt. Additionally, these videos will demonstrate how to install your Cosco car seat in the forward-facing position using LATCH or your vehicle seat belt.
Rear-facing with LATCH
Rear-facing with Vehicle Belt
Forward-facing position using LATCH
Forward-facing with Vehicle Belt
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