The Combi Coccoro is a good rear-facing seat for small cars, and at just under 12 pounds, it's a car seat you won't break your back traveling with. The ample padding and smaller scale also make it a good pick for parents who want a convertible that cradles small babies. But the Coccoro's low weight and height ratings mean lots of children will outgrow the seat fairly quickly.
Flipping problem has been addressed. The Coccoro gets high crash-test ratings from one independent testing organization. In the past, users complained that the seat could flip toward the backseat in the rear-facing position. Combi has corrected this problem by updating new models of the Coccoro with improved seat-belt lock-offs and a rear-facing tether that stabilizes the car seat and reduces its movement in a crash. If you have an older model of the Coccoro, you can contact Combi for an attachment that will allow you to tether the seat. The Coccoro also features side-impact protection and energy-absorbing foam. It has a five-point harness with a chest clip, standard on convertible car seats.
Mixed reviews for ease of use. The Combi Coccoro has push-button LATCH connectors to secure and remove the tethers to the anchors more easily, as well as seat-belt lock-offs to maintain tension around the seat. Its smaller size and lighter frame also make it easier to install than bulkier seats. The harness tension is easy to adjust, but the four-position harness height adjusts from the rear. The Coccoro does not have an adjustable crotch strap. The seat cushion is machine washable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the seat high marks for clear instructions, but says installation can be tricky rear-facing and notes parents must unthread the harness to change the seat's height or take the cover off for cleaning. Some owners complain that the fabric stains easily.
A good choice for the smallest cars. The Combi Coccoro is known as a lightweight, compact pick that is ideal for travel or cramped cars -- most parents can fit three Coccoros across in the backseat. The seat has an infant positioner that accommodates babies as small as 3 pounds rear-facing. Parents and reviewers both praise the comfortable fit that the Coccoro offers for very small infants and babies. The Coccoro's infant positioner is also reported as comfortable and supportive. However, the Coccoro's low weight rating of 40 pounds forward-facing and its 40-inch height limit may mean you'll have to buy a bigger car seat eventually.
Service is a mixed bag. Combi has paid attention to customer feedback and corrected the stability issues the Coccoro had in the rear-facing position. However, customer service still receives mixed reviews on the web. Safety notifications and product recalls are easy to find on the Combi website, and the Coccoro has a limited one-year warranty. Instruction manuals are available for download on the Combi website. Combi defers to NHTSA guidelines that allow re-use of a car seat after minor accidents only. The seat expires after seven years.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" covers the Combi line in general and the Combi Coccoro specifically. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record to come up with their overall rating.
Review: Car Seats: Picking the Right Child Safety Seat, Denise and Alan Fields, Tenth Edition, 2013
This website, run by professional child passenger safety technicians and instructors, names the Combi Coccoro as one of its top recommended convertible seats. Editors like the narrow footprint, built-in lock-offs, infant insert and rear-facing tether. But the seat has a limited life span and basic LATCH connectors, they say. They also note that the seat can flip toward a vehicle's back seat when rear-facing, though tethering (if possible) "should solve that issue."
Review: Recommended Carseats, Editors of CarSeatBlog.com, September 2012
This review of the Combi Coccoro covers safety, installation, appearance, size, strap adjustment and maintenance, with detailed photos. It praises the seat's compact size and soft fabric, but notes that the seat may be quickly outgrown by weight and says the infant insert can be "awkward."
Review: Combi Coccoro Lightweight Convertible Car Seat Reviews, Editors of MommiesLike.com, Not Dated
ConsumerReports.org tests 27 convertible car seats. The ratings are reliable and unbiased, and they include editors' highs and lows for each seat -- helpful for parents who want a quick summary of each seat. However, there are a couple of discontinued models listed, and it's unclear when the tests were performed.
Review: Convertible Car Seat Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
More than 30 owners post their opinions of the Combi Coccoro, giving it an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most like that it fits rear-facing in their small cars, but some say they could never get it installed tightly and that the rounded bottom makes it unstable.
Review: Combi Coccoro Lightweight Convertible Car Seat, Chestnut, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014
6. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Combi Coccoro earns 3 stars out of 5 for ease of use in the NHTSA's tests. It gets high marks for clear instructions, but it loses some points for being difficult to install rear-facing and for requiring users to unthread the harness to change its height or take the cover off for cleaning.
Review: Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings, Editors of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, As of February 2014
The Coccoro earns praise for its compact size and ability to fit three across in a backseat. The reviewer also likes the easily adjustable harness, energy-absorbing foam, variety of height positions and infant insert.
Review: Top 10 Car Seats, Sarah Yang, Not Dated