Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat – Top Reviews & Key Info

  • Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car SeatPrice Range: $180 to $190
    • Extra Cost: $85 for extra base
  • GooGooLove: ♥♥♥ (3/5)
  • Pros:
    • Easy to install
    • One-handed removal from base
    • Comfortable padding
  • Cons:
    • Must use 2 hands to adjust bar
    • Tall & large footprint
    • Fabric isn’t breathable
  • Child’s Weight & Length Limitations:
    • Weight: 4-30 lbs
    • Height: 30″ or less
  • Product Weight & Dimensions: 17 lbs; 17.4″W x 15.4’H x 28″D

Most Helpful Reviews on the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars(5/5) – 3/27/2012 – If I could give it 10 stars I would!… I like how simple it is to get in and out of the base…. If I had any complaints it would be that it’s lacking the indention that some other car seats have for better securing them into the front of most shopping carts. This is probably a safety measure on Chicco’s part so I cannot fault them it that is the reason this feature is missing…. (read more and buy it at Giggle.com)
  • 2.0 out of 5 stars(2/5) – 6/2/2008 – … The covering on the Chicco Keyfit is more “plasticky” and not cotton fabric like the Snugride I used with my son 3 years ago. I know some people prefer that type of fabric for easy clean up etc… but in my opinion, cotton is much safer. I’m not sure what the deal was with my particular seat, maybe the heat in the car caused the off-gassing of the chemicals…. Everything else about this carseat was great…but not worth the risk b/c of the chemical smell.  (read more and buy it at Amazon.com)
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars(5/5) – 10/25/2012 – This is by far the easiest car seat I have ever installed…. The back of the shade is velcroed to the car seat which keeps it from coming up and opened in the back, and there is also a visor on the front keeping babies out of the sun. It i s very easy to adjust the harness straps. My two most favorite things about this seat are the easy installation, and the fact that the release handle,for taking it out of the base, is so easy to use. I can do it with one hand while holding my toddler in the other…. (read more and buy it at Target.com)
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars(4/5) – 10/23/2010 – … This seat is the epitomy of a First Time Parent purchase…. But lets face several issues this product falls short in: 1st – Its a very, very large seat…. 2nd – The base needs to be able to extend more to help you create a level surface…. 3rd – It is too narrow. Base should be AS WIDE as carseat…. 4th – Height. Being it is a 30 lb seat. It is much taller (which causes clearance issues). It also makes it all that harder to adjust pacifiers, toys, etc. 5th – Must use two hands to adjust the bar….  Now for the pro’s. The straps NEVER bunched up…. (read more and buy it at Diapers.com)
  • 2.0 out of 5 stars(2/5) – 10/31/2008 – PROS: We bought this carseat b/c at the time (June, 2008) it was the #1-rated crash-safety… Between this one and the other top-rated seat, we chose the Key-Fit 30 b/c it went up to 30 pounds and b/c of the amount of padding in the seat…. It is so easy to use…. CONS: 2 primary things stand out that may compromise safety.. First, the material is NOT-BREATHABLE what-so-ever…. Yes, it doesn’t snap into a shopping cart, but this is on purpose!!… (read more and buy it at Babiesrus.com)

Gear in Action

  • See a video review here and a video by Chicco here.

What the Makers Say

  • Proper installation is the KEY to making your baby’s world safer. #1 Rated Chicco KeyFit is the easiest car seat to install correctly.
  • Secures baby from 4 to 30 lbs
  • Energy-absorbing foam for improved side-impact protection
  • Removable newborn insert for smaller babies
  • Thickly cushioned seat pad and five-point harness for maximum comfort
  • Spring-assisted level foot, bubble levels, and “Center-Pull” adjustment for easiest installation
  • Compatible with the Chicco Cortina, Cortina Together, Trevi and S3 strollers.

    … (read more at ChiccoUSA.com)

Any Safety Recalls :( ?

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

What are your 2 cents, Mama?