Ready, Set, Safeguard
Safeguard is a relatively new name in the car seat industry, as far as the public is concerned. But in reality, IMMI, Safeguard’s parent company, has been manufacturing components for several major car seat brands for two decades. A couple of years ago, IMMI developed some new technology — a ratcheting LATCH mechanism that made installation a breeze. As the story goes, they brought the technology to Britax, certain they would jump at the opportunity, and Britax balked at the price point. They didn’t think parents would be willing to pay a premium for the added ease of use.
Unwilling to abandon their invention, IMMI decided to manufacture their own forward-facing seat. The Safeguard Child Seat is billed as the most advanced child seat in the world. Certainly it is remarkably easy to install. Basically, you release each retracting strap enough to click in the LATCH connectors on each side and then you just push down hard on the seat once or twice. That’s it, you’re done. They’ve also applied the retracting technology to the five-point harness, to ensure a perfect fit each and every time.
It would take me many words to detail all of the Safeguard Child Seat’s unique features, so if you’re curious, your best bet is to visit their website. It’s sufficient to say that it is a very impressive seat. The seat is designed for children between 22-65 lbs, and under 57″. For complete specs, click here. The suggested retail price is $450. It’s definitely more expensive than other comparable seats, but you’re not paying extra for a luxury brand name or some other intangible. The added value is clear as soon as you try to use the seat.