Amazon Review by AlexS
73 people found the following review helpful
TERRIFIC TRAVEL CAR SEAT!
I bought this specifically for traveling, since I couldn't imagine how I could schlep my 3-year-old and her 20 pound car seat through the airport myself. The Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat is incredibly light (about 7 pounds) and narrow enough to fit in an airplane seat with room to spare. It's FAA certified (most car seats are, but incredibly when I walked onto the plane with it the flight attendant made me stop while she checked to find the sticker on the car seat stating that it's FAA approved. Seems odd to me given that there's infants on laps all over the plane...)
It's definitely a no-frills seat, with minimal padding. This didn't seem to bother my daughter at all. She slept in it numerous times. However, I wish I had brought some soft car seat strap covers (like Jeep Strap Covers, Pink). By the end of the trip the shoulder straps had really rubbed my daughter's neck. Most car seats come with some sort of padding to prevent this, but not this one.
Also, the latch mechanism has metal clips instead of the seat-belt-like latches that are on my "nice" car seats. The clips are hard to release and generally irritating. As a result I mostly installed the seat using the shoulder belt instead of the latch system. The only tricky thing is that I had to read the car owner's manual to figure out how to unlock the shoulder belt automatic retraction mechanism. After doing it once or twice, I could install the car seat in less than 30 seconds, and it always felt super snug, with barely any wiggle room.
Overall, this car seat was a life-saver. I strapped it onto a GoGo Babyz Travelmate, and my daughter rode in it through the airport, and then I carried it onto the small regional jet and easily installed it with the lap belt. A huge improvement over our last trip, when I brought our First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat which was heavy and difficult to install on the fly.