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The Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT is from a line of quality car seats known for their secure installation, ease of use, and budget-friendly price. This highly adjustable model provides a safe and comfortable ride for babies of various sizes. As one of the lightest in its class, it’s relatively easy to carry with minimal arm fatigue.
The onBoard 35 LT is designed for children who weigh between four and 35 pounds, and its four harness heights make it suitable for kids of up to 32 inches in height. Head and body inserts provide added support for newborns. It’s equipped with LATCH connectors, and conveniently can be installed either with or without the base. Deep sides and energy-absorbing components provide protection in the event of a side-impact collision.
Overview of the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT
The Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT is priced right for budget-minded parents, yet it doesn’t compromise on side-impact protection and other safety-minded features that allow your little one to ride securely at all times. It conveniently can be installed with or without the base. The ability to install it without the base is an attractive feature for families who wish to move the seat from car to car with frequency, or those who use ride sharing services.
An impressively light weight of just under eight pounds helps make the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT easy on the arms when you’re carrying your baby to and from your vehicle. What’s more, this model is compatible with any stroller from the manufacturer that uses its patented QuickClick technology, so you can incorporate this car seat into a handy travel system.
The onBoard 35 LT includes harness heights at 5, 7, 9, and 11 inches to provide the right fit for your growing little one. The harness slots are generous in size, which helps make quick work of threading the straps. You can also select from among four crotch strap positions. The harness can be adjusted quickly and easily, usually requiring just a single pull. Anytime you’re in need of some help with setting this model up or adjusting it, simply use your smartphone to scan the QR code on the side label to bring up some useful tutorial videos.
The Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT meets or exceeds federal safety requirements and standards established by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and ASTM International. It’s designed to provide strong side-impact protection, and the base can be set to two recline angles for proper positioning. As mentioned, the included inserts can help support the torso and head of newborns and small infants.
This user-friendly car seat comes with a clearly worded, color-coded user manual that includes illustrations to help parents with installation and adjustments. This model is backed by a one-year warranty that covers any defective materials or workmanship.
Video Overview of Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT
Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Specs
Child weight range
4 - 35 pounds
Child height range
19 - 32 inches
15.75” long x 18” wide x 30.5” tall
Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Features
Ease of Use
Comfort and convenience:
Depending on your needs and preference, you can install the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT either with or without the included base. When you’re installing it with the base, the recline angle adjuster lets you choose from between two positions. Installing it without the base is a quick and simple process, with clearly marked belt guides. As your child grows, you can adjust the harness easily among the four height options. The included removable head and body inserts come in handy for providing support for newborns.
As mentioned, this model stands apart from the competition due to its extremely low weight, with the carrier clocking in at less than eight pounds. With the heaviness of car seat carriers being a common complaint among parents of infants, maneuvering this featherweight model around is like a breath of fresh air. The fabric of the onBoard 35 LT is easy to care for, as it can be placed in the washing machine and dryer. You can go with a black and gray color scheme, as well as ones that incorporate shades of blue or purple.
The side label on the onBoard 35 LT clearly indicates it is FAA approved, which can prove useful when it’s being inspected by airport personnel or flight attendants. This same label also provides a QR code that you conveniently can scan with your mobile device to access videos that help with installation and adjustment.
Ease of Installation
Who is the Safety 1st Onboard 35 LT suitable for?
This rear-facing car seat is made for children ranging from four to 35 pounds in weight and 19 to 32 inches in height. Since it can be installed without the base, it proves especially useful for those who use ride sharing services or taxi cabs on a regular basis. It’s approved by the FAA for use on aircraft, making it a convenient option for families who travel with their little ones.
What is included with the Safety 1st Onboard 35 LT?
This model comes with the car seat and corresponding base, two newborn inserts, and the owner’s manual.
Pros and Cons of the Safety 1st Onboard 35 LT
Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Installation
Videos on installing the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT with and without the base are available at:
Safety 1st Onboard 35 LT Manual:
The owner’s manual can be found here:
Safety 1st Onboard 35 LT vs. Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX
Both the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT and the Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX are budget-friendly car seats designed for rear-facing use by babies of up to 35 pounds in weight and up to 32 inches in height. Both are conveniently lightweight at less than eight pounds, which will surely be appreciated by any parent who needs to use the carrier on a regular basis. Highly similar in price, both are refreshingly light on the wallet when compared to many others, while still ranking well for safety and quality.
Both models have four harness heights, with a slight difference: The slots on the onBoard 35 LT are located at the 5, 7, 9, and 11-inch marks, whereas the ones on the SnugRide 35 are at the 6, 8, 10, and 12-inch marks. Another slight difference is the expiration dates: The Safety 1st model expires eight years from the date of the manufacture, while the Graco model is only good for seven years from that date. You may prefer the padding of the onBoard 35 LT over that of the SnugRide 35, as a somewhat common complaint about the latter is the material is somewhat thin and rough. Overall, both models are safe and sturdy, providing good value for their affordable price.
FavesDaily's Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Review
Family budgets are hard to bend. The Safety 1st OnBoard 35 is a low-priced rear-facing infant car seat. It is easy to use and comfortable, but its crash test scores are lackluster.
The first concern when it comes to infant car seats is safety. While the OnBoard 35 meets safety standards, the scores are less than impressive. It does have pretty good instructions, and the labeling is easy to understand.
The LATCH system does not make installing the OnBOard 35 as easy as it does with other models. The vehicle belt system is no simpler.
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If anything, the process is frustrating because there is no lock-off. Installing just the base is the smoothest method to get the safest position. But, the seat and base do tilt when you use the lap and shoulder belt.
Parents of large families benefit the most from the Safety 1st OnBoard 35. It is not just the price, but because of its narrow, lightweight, and compact structure. You can fit siblings and friends in the backseat without losing safety.
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