Monterey combines exceptional booster performance with unique versatility Monterey expands in width and adjusts in height to fit children as they grow up to tall and lbs It features deep aluminum reinforced sides lined with energy absorbing EPS foam for real side impact protection and integrated LATCH connectors for a safe and secure installation in seconds Comes with Free Radian Carrying Case
User Ratings and Reviews
4 Stars Great booster seat, that has the LATCH system
The upgrade from car seat to booster seat couldn’t have gone better without this booster seat. My son loves that he’s in a booster (big boy) seat using the grownup seatbelt, and I love that it’s sturdy, and will help to protect him in case of a car accident. It also has the latch system to keep the booster in place, so it doesn’t become a harmful object if involved in an accident without your child in the seat. The colors looks great, we got the red and black one. The bag is a convince if your ever traveling. The back of the booster comes off too, in case you wanted/needed only the seat. The 2 cup holders are a convince for the child, for drinks or snacks. Just be careful what they try to hide in them, since they fold into the booster seat. The only improvements could be the arm rest, they are kinda short, and won’t adjust, as your child gets older. Also the weight is about the same as a car seat, so it’s not light like most booster seats. Overall a great booster seat, that will last a lot longer than most boosters, since it can accommodate up to 6′ 3″.
One warning for parents is to just go over the basic rules when transitioning to any booster seat. Such as NEVER unbuckle the car seat until being told to, or when the car is parked and turned off. Also not to lean all the way forward, pull the seat belt all the way out (otherwise the seatbelt won’t be able to do its job to protect the child if involved in an accident). Make sure to check that the seatbelt is actually buckled in after the child buckles themselves, sometimes they think they are buckled when they really aren’t, which is something you cannot fix of course after an accident occurs. Of course just remind them that the booster and seatbelt is there to protect them, kids usually don’t realize this is about safety, and not about the cool colors or the 2 cup holders they can use. I also had to remind my son a few times that the seatbelt goes over your shoulder, crosses his body to the other side where the seatbelt buckles, and that the lap part of the seatbelt should be on his lap, nowhere else, especially shouldn’t be pulled on. Kids just need that reminder so they don’t play with the seatbelt. In the booklet it does state if you have a car that has the automatic seatbelt (such as the ones that are located above the window, and move so you can get out when the door is open), that this car seat should not be used with those seatbelts(just a little FYI before you spend money on this). One other thing I must add is that while this is more pricey than most booster seats, it is well worth the money for your child’s safety.
5 Stars Son Loves his new chair! :o)
This is a great chair my son loves it!! It is very easy to install and adjust and if it is used in a reclining seat this chair can also recline. My son loves the cup holders as well. The chair is very comfy and I feel very at ease knowing my son is safe in this chair with all the points (from head to pelvis) of side crash impacts!Also with the belt guide at the lap area that helps keep the seat belt on the lap instead of riding up on the belly (very dangerous!!) like alot of other boosters using car seat belts do! LOVE this seat!!
5 Stars 4yr old loves it!!!!!
My 4 yr old had a Britax and he passed it on to his baby brother. He loves his new seat! 2 cup holders, a big boy seat belt and he says it’s comfy. Seat looks big so it should last him a while. I have not tried the travel bag but it is nice that it came with it. Very easy to install. The latch system is great because it keeps the seat nice and tight! It also has a great red color! Very happy with it!! :o)
4 Stars Great and Safe Booster seat for cars with Latch
After reading numerous reviews, ordered this expandable booster seat for it’s longevity of use and because of the steel frame and the way it’s built. It fits nicely in the car and is not as bulky as the convertible car seat that was in the car before. The cup holders are a nice touch too! The booster works great with Latch and the shoulder seat belt. Our other car is older and does not have latch so when trying it in that car it was very loose and not stable. For the older car we ordered another Sunshine Kids convertible car seat which costs more than 2x as much as this booster but doesn’t need latch to go in the car. So, this is a great booster if you have a newer car that has latch — having latch gives the seat an extra amount of security and keeps it more stable than just by using a shoulder seat belt alone. Highly recommend it for newer cars with latch.
5 Stars LOVE this booster seat!
We are thrilled with the purchase of this booster seat, and my 5-year-old son loves his new car seat! It’s a bit more expensive than other booster seats, but considering my son will be using his seat for the next several years, his safety was worth the investment. What truly sold me on this booster seat above all other brands were four things: 1) This seat has LATCH connectors which connect the seat firmly into the installed hooks in the 2nd row captains chair of my mini-van preventing the seat from wiggling around. Usually the base of booster seats tend to slide around/wiggle around. When connected with the LATCH connectors, this seat doesn’t move. 2) This seat has side impact bars/reinforced sides to protect the child in the event of a side crash. 3) This booster seat can be used until the child is 63″ tall and 120 lbs. This is more than most boosters allow which is great for those of us with taller children. 4) The head section is deep and well padded which keeps his head from “flopping” from side-to-side or forward when he falls asleep in his seat–which is quite often. He just rode in his new seat on a trip for 14 hours there and back and had no problems with his head falling forward when sleeping. Definitely a great purchase!