Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car Seat – Top Reviews & Key Info

  • Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car SeatPrice Range: $130 to $150
  • GooGooLove: ♥♥♥♥ (4/5)
  • Pros:
    • Lots of cushioning
    • Converts into booster
    • Easy to adjust straps
  • Cons:
    • Straps twist easily & hard to tighten
    • Hard to remove cover
    • Hard to recline
  • Child’s Weight & Length Limitations:
    • Rear-Facing in Harness:
      • Weight: 5-40 lbs
      • Height: 19″ to 40″
    • Forward-Facing in Harness:
      • Weight: 22-65 lbs
      • Height: 34″ to 52″
    • Booster:
      • Weight: 40-100 lbs
      • Height: 43″ to 57″
  • Product Weight & Dimensions: 15.8 lbs; 12″ L x 19.5″W x 28″H

Most Helpful Reviews on the Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Convertible Car Seat.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars(3/5) – 1/15/2013 – Pros: 1. Price 2. sturdy car seat 3. easy it is to adjust the headrest/shoulder strap height… Problems: 1. The straps twist very easily. 2. I’m not a petite person, and my husband is over 6′ and strong and we both have a hard time pulling the strap to tightening them in. 3. The seat is very hard to recline…. 9. difficult to get at the right angle for rear facing. Overall, we are in the market for new car seats. (read more and buy it at
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars(4/5) – 11/14/2012 – … I had no problem installing it in the side seat in my car (2000 Excursion) but decided to move it to the middle and that was a bit harder…. The materials feel luxurious, there is a lot of padding. The armrests are a little hard to put up and down, not sure why they designed it this way…. (read more and buy it at
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars(5/5) – 7/18/2012 – … I LOVE the features of this seat – the fact that it will accomodate a small baby to larger baby with front adjustable shoulder straps & the straps between the legs adjust as well! What’s more, you don’t have to rethread the shoulder straps to adjust the height. You can do it from the front of the seat with the red handles that turn to allow you to move the side impact head rest & straps up & down all at once. More than anything else I love the fact that I will NEVER have to buy another car seat again because this car seat goes from newborn to extended rear facing (5 to 40 lbs), to forward facing (up to 65 lbs), to booster seat (up to 100 lbs)…. It has nice padding for comfort, nice metal clips that individually insert into the locking mechanism in between the legs rather than the fidgety & awkward plastic clips that my infant seat had, & the plastic chest snap is easy to operate & sturdy….  (read more and buy it at
  • 1.0 out of 5 stars(1/5) – 9/28/2011 – I got this seat so we wouldn’t have to buy another one when it was time for a booster. I got it home, and had a heck of a time getting it in my car. It doesn’t recline as far as it is supposed to according to their “line”, and if you put a towel under it (I am SO not comfortable with that) then I couldn’t get it to tighten anywhere near enough. Even if it DID recline as far as they want it to (almost laying flat back apparently) it wouldn’t fit in my car even if both the front seats were as far forward as they could go. I’m short…but not that short. (read more and buy it at
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What the Makers Say

  • With a harness rated to 65 pounds, the Alpha Elite™ Convertible Car Seat is helping parents keep their children safer in harnesses longer. As an extended-use car seat with superior comfort and convenience features, it’ll please parents and children alike through 3 separate stages: Rear-facing infant car seat, Forward-facing car seat with harness to 65 pounds, and Belt-positioning booster! (read more at

Any Safety Recalls :( ?

  • Not that we’ve heard.  For the most up-to-date information, search the Consumer Products Safety Division’s website here.

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