Reviewers say the Graco ComfortSport (*Est. $ 90) is a decent convertible car seat at a good price. But, while the seat is inexpensive, it's weight rating is only 30 pounds rear-facing and 40 pounds front-facing, meaning that children will outgrow it faster, requiring either a booster seat or a larger capacity convertible car seat.
The ComfortSport receives the same crash test rating of very good as higher-priced seats. It does not have side-impact protection, but it is lined with energy absorbing foam for impact management. The Graco ComfortSport was recalled in 2007 for harness issues, but no recalls have been reported since then.
One respected review site lists ease of use as one of the ComfortSport's selling points, but parents and other reviewers say that the height of the straps can be difficult to adjust. In fact, one product review source states that the straps "are next to impossible to adjust in the rear facing position." The harness tension does adjust from the front. The seat cover is removable, but washing on the delicate setting is recommended.
The ComfortSport is a less-expensive car seat, an important consideration for many families, but children may outgrow it sooner because of its lower weight ratings, thus negating any initial savings. It comes with impact absorbing foam for comfort and more padding than other seats in its price class. It has a clip on cup holder, and it includes an infant head support. I
The Graco name is ubiquitous in baby and child equipment. The ComfortSport carries a one year warranty with proof of purchase and has a usable lifespan of six years from date of manufacture. The manual can be easily downloaded from the website.
There are better inexpensive seats. While the ComfortSport is clearly a workable car seat for many families, there are better inexpensive car seats in the under $150 category. .Considering that this seat might have to be replaced sooner, it may be worth investing a little more money in a seat with higher weight ratings.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Graco ComfortSport in its roundup of convertible car seat evaluations. Based on lab testing, the Graco is measured against eight competing standard-capacity car seats. To read this report, you must be a ConsumerReports.org subscriber.
Review: Convertible Car Seats, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2012
2. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" features the most comprehensive professional review of convertible car seats, including a discussion of the Graco ComfortSport. The assessment is based on parent feedback, features and safety ratings.
Review: Convertible and Forward Facing-Only Car Seats, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth Edition, 2012
3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Graco ComfortSport scores 3 stars out of 5 in ease-of-use tests here. Testers try out the seat both forward- and rear-facing and rate its labels, instructions, installation features and ease of securing the child.
Review: Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings, Editors of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Buzzillions.com has compiled more than 460 user reviews on the Graco ComfortSport. Ratings overall are 3.5 stars out of 5, and owners disagree on aspects like comfort, quality and ease of use.
Review: Graco ComfortSport Convertible Car Seat, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Ninety-four owners at Amazon.com give it an average rating of 4 out of 5, saying that it's a simple and safe no-fuss car seat offered at a reasonable price.
Review: Graco ComfortSport, Contributors to Amazon.com
Models of the Graco ComfortSport made between 11/06-10/07 were recalled because body pillows covered the airbag warning label and models made between 1/07-7/07 were recalled due to a misrouted anchor belt that might cause the seat to exceed a safe angle in a crash.
Review: Child Safety Seat Recalls, May 2012