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Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier

*Est. $70
Reviewed
January 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Compatible with a variety of infant car seats
  • Extra features
  • High safety ratings from independent product testers
Cons
  • Can be difficult to maneuver
  • Storage basket difficult to access
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Bottom Line

The Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier is a stroller frame that converts your infant car seat into a rolling travel system. Parents describe the Clic It! as lightweight and convenient, with nice extra features like a parent console, a large storage basket and a sun canopy. However, many users say that the stroller is difficult to maneuver and has unreliable wheels, making it a better choice for short trips and shopping.

Safety

High ratings from independent testers. According to expert product testers, the Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier is a top-notch performer in safety testing that includes stability and usage challenges. With this and certain other car seats, the frame offers a reassuring click that tells you when the seat is locked in position. The frame also has a belt-style strap that you can use to secure the car seat to the frame. However, some parents say that the strap doesn't offer as much stability as they would like.

Additional safety features include a reflective logo for visibility and independently locking rear brakes. The front swivel wheels do not lock.

Ease of Use

Very lightweight, but maneuvering can be tricky. Most parents describe the Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier as a convenient way to carry an infant car seat to and from the car and on errands without waking the baby. Parents say the Clic It! is lightweight enough to lift with one hand, that it folds and closes easily and that it fits well in small spaces  -- especially compared to full-sized travel systems.

Despite its lightweight convenience, many users say that the Clic It! is bumpy at best and impossible to maneuver -- even on smooth surfaces -- at worst. The front wheels are designed to swivel, but some users say that they get stuck in awkward positions and that turning can be next to impossible, as the wheels seem to have a mind of their own. Parents also say it that can be difficult to push the Clic It! in a straight line. While most parents say that the Clic It! can get you around on short errands, the feedback is clear that it's not a good option for longer walks or heavy usage.

There are isolated complaints that the rear-wheel brakes are difficult to operate wearing sandals, and that the mechanism that locks the frame can be hard to release.  

Lifestyle Features

A hideaway canopy for sun protection. The Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier offers a handful of extras that parents rave about, including a parent console with two cupholders and a small covered compartment that keeps keys or a cell phone accessible but hidden. The basket is described as huge, but parents say it's almost impossible to access with the car seat attached.  One of the Clic It!'s most distinctive features is its fold-out sun visor that effectively protects the infant from UV rays and disappears completely when not needed. Built for easy storage, the Clic It! stands when folded. The frame and basket can be wiped clean with soap and water.

The Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier accepts a variety of different car seats. A complete list can be found on the Safety 1st website.

Customer Service

Slow but sure service. The Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier carries a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. There are isolated reports that customer service can be difficult to reach when issues come up, but that they are responsive once contacted. The Clic It! is hard to find on the Safety 1st website; while it is a unique product, it is listed in the travel systems category (stroller/infant car-seat combos). You'll have to sift through four pages of travel systems until you find the Clic It!, or put the product name into the search engine.

Where To Buy
Safety 1st Clic It Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier, Black/Silver

 
Buy new: $79.99   3 New from $69.99

In Stock.

 

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate three single car-seat carrier strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and folded size. The Safety 1st Clic It! is included in this roundup. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available, but do not factor into the rankings.

Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier receives an average rating of 3.3 stars out of 5, based on more than two dozen owner reviews. Many parents like the Clic It! for its convenience, large lower basket and compact, lightweight portability, but there are significant complaints about poor maneuverability, low-quality wheels and difficult storage basket access.

Review: Safety 1 Clic Infant Car Seat Carrier, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013

3. Babies 'R' Us

Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier receives an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars in more than a dozen customer reviews. Most parents say that the Clic It! is durable, lightweight and easy to stow and set up. Most recommend the stroller for short trips and travel. There are negative comments on challenging steering and difficult storage basket access, but the majority say that the Clic It! is a great lightweight solution and a good starter stroller.

Review: Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Infant Seat Carrier/Stroller - Black, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of January 2013

4. Real Mom Reviews

Review Credibility: Fair This mom's review of the Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Car Seat Carrier is nicely illustrated with photos, but the reviewer does acknowledge that she received a free stroller, and some of her language is lifted from Safety 1st's website. Her favorite features are the sun canopy, dual parent cupholders and storage compartment. She does not address maneuverability.

Review: Safety 1st Clic It! Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier, "Skye", Feb. 2, 2012

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