<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by CHIA:
I am very happy with the Peg car seats, and have had no problems with any sharp edges???? Not sure what they're talking about? As someone mentioned before, the LATCH kit is not currently made for these particular seats, but upon inspection of the Century LATCH retro kit, I could not see any reasom why it could not be used. There certainly does not seem to be any aparent safety issues.It's simply seat belt material with the LATCH connections at each end...not rocket science.</font>
Hi. "They" is a AAA certified child passenger safety technician. I am simply passing along "best practice", as per guidelines that originate with the NHTSA and/or American Academy of Pediatrics. Of course, you don't have to follow them, but personally I wouldn't be suggesting that another parent put the safety of their child at risk because my inspections cleared something of any possible incompatibility problem. I may bend the rules a bit for my own kids based on my best judgement, but not for others. If you require a LATCH infant seat, simply buy one of the many good options that is completely tested as compatible with a LATCH retrofit kit. Many parents love the high-end Graco Snugride carseats (LX5) and systems (Air 6). Yes, they don't have the Peg Perego "name", but they are guaranteed to be tested with LATCH for safety. Just my 2 cents, since I've never owned a Graco or Peg Perego carseat.
As for the Pliko, I was in error. It is the Viaggio that has generated complaints from various technicians regarding the belt path edges fraying or ripping the seatbelt. I'm not sure if the Viaggio is the seat that comes with the Pliko system, though I assume it is.
As I said before, I don't have experience with this issue first hand, so I cannot verify it. It could be vehicle and/or installation related, so it may not be a problem in all cases. Your case would seem to support that it is not a problem in all situations. I first heard about the issue at a recent SafeKids coalition meeting, from an experienced senior technician that runs a carseat program for a local hospital. Some other technicians had similar problems reported here:
Of course, this isn't necessarily a defect or safety issue, but it certainly is something to look for when installing in your vehicle in case you need to return it because of a problem.
[This message has been edited by caviller (edited 03-05-2002).]