Graco ComfortSport Review

Think Twice

Many parents give this car seat positive reviews, but others gripe about installation issues and an expert weighs in to warn against the seat's low weight and height limits. Children can sit facing the rear of the vehicle up to only 30 pounds, which may not let many cross the 2-year-old threshold recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. UPDATE: The harness buckle on this car seat has been recalled.

The large number of favorable Graco ComfortSport reviews masks a few important flaws. Overall the Graco ComfortSport gets four stars on Amazon, although some reviewers find it hard to install and one asserts that it's cheaply made. Reviews on the Target website also tend toward the positive, but still a few gripe about installation and one reviewer points out the biggest issue: height and weight limits that may be too low to keep children in the rear-facing position until they reach the age of 2, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. An expert review by a child passenger safety technician at About.com further illustrates the problem. She sees kids outgrow this car seat well before they should be turned around to face forward, let alone graduate into a booster seat.

The Graco ComfortSport (starting at $80, Amazon) has a five-point harness system with three shoulder-height positions. Graco ComfortSport reviews point out that even the highest slot is still too low for older children. Kids can ride in the rear-facing position from 5 pounds to 30 pounds -- the lowest weight limit we saw -- and facing forward from 20 pounds to 40 pounds. The height limit is 40 inches -- again lower than the other car seats we researched. Like the others, this seat employs the LATCH system for installation. It weighs 12 pounds and comes with a removable, machine-washable cover.

While the Graco ComfortSport does receive many positive reviews, the low weight limit in the rear-facing position and the low height limit make it difficult to endorse. In the end, there are better car seats available the same price range -- seats that children won't outgrow before they can safely ride facing forward or in a booster seat.

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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