The Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System includes a stroller rated for children up to 40 pounds and an infant car seat rated for babies up to 22 pounds. While many parents describe the system as a good value, there is troubling feedback on key safety issues, including difficult car-seat fit, installation and securement. The stroller also lacks a five-point safety harness, regarded by experts as a key safety feature.
Car seat is problematic for many parents. Parents say that the infant car seat included in the Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System positions babies in a too-upright position in the car. The only way to solve this leveling issue is to place a rolled towel or other support under the car-seat base. Parents also report challenges with getting the car seat clicked securely into the base, saying that it is easy to place the car seat in a seemingly secure position without locking it. Parents also say it is difficult to secure the five-point harness straps, which may lead to babies being driven with a less than secure harness. Finally, there is feedback that the front-to-back fit is not good, and that the car seat pushes into the passenger seat unless the front seat is pulled forward completely. This can result in an unsafe installation.
The stroller draws fewer complaints; however, it only has a three-point safety harness. Most experts agree that a five-point harness is a safety necessity. The stroller's rear brakes lock independently, and the front swivel wheels can be locked in the forward-facing position when greater stability is required.
Challenging to install this car seat. Most parents say that the Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System stroller is very easy to set up and maneuver. The stroller can be folded with one hand. Users agree that folding and opening the stroller is easy, but some say that it is difficult to engage and disengage the mechanism that locks the stroller in the folded position. According to parents and reviewers, the Jaunt stroller doesn't offer a very compact fold and can be difficult to get into and out of the trunk of a car. Some parents say the 22-pound stroller is heavy and bulky, but others say that weight is not a problem for them. Reviewers also say that the stroller's seat recline is stiff and difficult to operate.
The Jaunt car seat receives many more usability complaints than the stroller. Parents report that it is difficult to get the car seat into and out of the car. As mentioned earlier, it may be difficult to get a good front-to-back fit with this car seat, which compromises usability and safety. While parents like being able to place the car seat in the stroller, they say that the additional bar required to click the car seat into the stroller is inconvenient -- most travel systems secure the car seat with the child tray or bumper bar.
Nice storage and convenience features. The Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System stroller has a nice array of convenience features, including an under-seat storage basket that parents say is very roomy, a parent console with cupholders and a covered storage compartment with a headphone outlet. There is also a snack tray and cupholder for the child. The stroller has a smallish canopy, but parents like the peekaboo window. However, a couple of users report that the canopy rests uncomfortably against the push bar and the pusher's hands when it is folded back. Parents say that the stroller seat reclines almost flat for naps.
The Jaunt stroller has a decent upper weight capacity of 40 pounds, but it is not the best -- similar systems have 50-pound weight ratings. The stroller fabric, straps and frame can be wiped clean with a sponge or cloth. There is no positive or negative user feedback about ease of cleaning or maintaining the stroller. While the fold is on the bulky side, the stroller does stand in the folded position, making it easier to stow.
Industry-standard warranty. The Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System carries an industry-standard one-year warranty. While Safety 1st offers only a handful of travel systems, they have a separate entry for each system by color, which means you have to sift through extra pages to find the Jaunt system. It is easy to download the product manual, but key information about the stroller is missing from the web page, including stroller weight and folded dimensions.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate three travel systems for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and folded size. The Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System 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
Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 in just a handful of customer reviews. Some describe the system as a great buy and easy to use. The car seat gets complaints for difficulty of use, while the stroller gets fewer complaints overall. Most favorable reviews comment on a nicely sized under-seat basket, easy maneuverability and easy setup. There is feedback that the stroller's canopy rests uncomfortably against the pusher's hands, and that the only solution is not to use the canopy.
Review: Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System, Droplet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
3. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System gets an average rating of 3.8 stars out of 5, based on a dozen reviews. Most users say that the system is durable and easy to maneuver, set up and stow. However, the system is also described as heavy and cumbersome. Users also say that the car seat can be difficult to install securely in a car, and that it gets uncomfortable for larger babies before they outgrow the weight rating.
Review: Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System Stroller - Marlowe Rose, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System earns an overall score of 3.6 stars out of 5, based on more than 60 reviews. The newest review is from 2011, but the travel system has not been updated. Positive reviews say that the Jaunt system is cute and a great combo for the price. Negative reviews say the car seat is difficult to position correctly and places the child in a too-upright posture, and that the car-seat straps are hard to adjust. While feedback on the stroller itself is less negative, some parents describe it as bulky, heavy and difficult to maneuver.
Review: Safety 1st Jaunt Travel System Macintosh for Baby, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of January 2013