Safety 1st OnSide Air Review



The Safety 1st OnSide Air allows children to remain facing backward -- the safest position, according to experts -- up to 40 pounds. Kids can also face forward from 22 to 40 pounds. Parents have found the car seat easy to install, easy to maneuver from car to car, and comfortable for their kids.

Safety 1st OnSide Air reviews indicate that parents and kids alike are satisfied with this budget car seat. It gets very high ratings everywhere we checked and just missed our "best" designation because of its lower, 40-pound weight limit. It simply can't accommodate kids for as long as our top pick, so parents will have to buy a bigger car seat or booster seat sooner. In the meantime, shoppers posting reviews on the Walmart website note that this car seat's easy installation and light weight make it a breeze to transfer from car to car. According to reviews on the Toys R Us website, this model is easy to clean and comfortable for children. As a testament to its safety, one parent tells a story of a car accident. The baby was on the side that was hit but emerged with the fewest symptoms following the crash.

The Safety 1st OnSide Air (starting at $72, Amazon) weighs 12 pounds and the seat pad can be removed for washing. The five-point harness is highly adjustable, with four shoulder-height positions and three buckle positions. Kids can ride facing backward up to 40 pounds and from 19 to 40 inches tall, which helps parents comply with safety guidelines. Children can also ride facing forward from 22 pounds to 40 pounds and 34 to 43 inches tall. The LATCH system helps make installation easy and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives this car seat solid ratings for ease of use, particularly in the forward-facing position.

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The Safety 1st OnSide Air has garnered an overwhelming number of good reviews. But for the forward-facing weight limit, it would have earned a top spot on our list. Parents find installation so easy that some don't even use the directions, and there's a lot of positive feedback regarding comfort. Overall this car seat is a good choice for smaller toddlers.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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