Car Seat Safety FAQs

When it comes to car seats, we understand, you want nothing but the very best for your little one.

Last week we marked Child Passenger Safety Week and highlighted the safety of our Viaggio series, which includes the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible and the Viaggio HBB 120. All three models exceed the most stringent safety tests in the world and come equipped with today’s top safety features, like Side Impact Protection, energy-absorbing foam and LATCH system connectors.

While we put all the very best safety features in our car seats and put them through rigorous testing, it’s important to remember that no one seat is “best” or “safest.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “the best seat is the one that fits your child’s size, is correctly installed, fits well in your vehicle and is used properly,” which brings us to those common “real life” usage questions that parents so often have. For those, we particularly like these straightforward answers that the AAP shares in their Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2012.

Q: What do I do if my baby slouches down or to the side in his car seat?

A: Blanket rolls may be placed on both sides of the infant and a small diaper or blanket between the crotch strap and the infant. Do not place padding under or behind the infant or use any sort of car seat insert unless it came with the seat or was made by the manufacturer of the seat.

Q: Can I adjust the straps when my baby is wearing thicker clothing, like in the winter?

A: Yes, but make sure the harnesses are still snug. Also remember to tighten the straps again after the thicker clothes are no longer needed. Ideally, dress your baby in thinner layers instead of a bulky coat or snowsuit, and tuck a blanket around your baby over the buckled harness straps if needed.

Q: Are rear-facing convertible seats OK to use for preemies?

A: Premature infants should be tested while still in the hospital to make sure they can ride safely in a reclined position. Babies who need to lie flat during travel should ride in a crash-tested car bed. Very small infants who can ride safely in a reclined position usually fit better in rear-facing-only seats; however, if you need to use a convertible seat, choose one without a tray-shield harness. The shields often are too big and too far from the body to fit correctly and the child’s face could hit the shield in a crash.

Q: What if my baby’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat [when rear facing]?

A: Your child can bend his legs easily and will be comfortable in a rear-facing seat. Injuries to the legs are rare for children facing the rear.

Q: What if I drive more children than can be buckled safely in the back seat?

A: It’s best to avoid this, especially if your vehicle has air bags in the front seat. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat. If absolutely necessary, a child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness may be the best choice to ride in front. Just be sure the vehicle seat is moved as far back away from the dashboard (and the air bag) as possible.

Q: Should my child ride in a car seat on an airplane?

A: Most infant, convertible and forward-facing seats can be used on airplanes, but booster seats and travel vests cannot. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the AAP recommend that when flying, children should be securely fastened in certified child restraints until 4 years of age, and then should be secured with the airplane seat belts. This will help keep them safe during takeoff and landing or in case of turbulence. Check the label on your car seat or call the car seat manufacturer before you travel to see if your seat is certified for use on an airplane. (Both our Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 and the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible are approved for in-flight use. For more on this, read Ready for Takeoff? and And We’re Off!)

Q: Is there a difference between high-back and backless boosters?

A: Both types of boosters are designed to raise your child so the seat belts fit properly and both will reduce your child’s risk of injury in a crash. … Many seats that look like high-back boosters are actually combination seats. They come with harnesses that can be used for smaller children and then removed for older children. Backless boosters are usually less expensive and are easier to move from one vehicle to another. Backless boosters can be used safely in vehicles with headrests and high seat backs.

Don’t see your question? Ask us! We’ll do our very best to get you the information you need. If you need help installing your car seat, use the following websites to find a certified CPS technician or child seat fitting station near you — NHTSA, SeatCheck and National Child Passenger Safety Certified Technicians.

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A Word About Car Seat Safety

This week, we and other car seat manufacturers are marking Child Passenger Safety Week. It’s a great time for us to underline the safety and security of all of our car seats: the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible and the new Viaggio HBB 120. But the truth is, here at Peg Perego safety is our number one priority, our number one mission, and the passion that drives us each and every day of the year.

After more than 60 years of designing and manufacturing products for babies and children across the globe, we are privileged to have shared in the responsibility of watching over little ones for so many years. It is a responsibility we take to heart.

It was recently brought to our attention that there has been confusion regarding safety testing for the current U.S. Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible and the Viaggio Convertibile (a discontinued European product). While both Peg Perego child restraints are classified as convertibles, they differ in shape, construction, weight and age range. The Viaggio Convertibile was never on the market in the United States and is no longer available in Europe.

The Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible has exceeded all mandatory testing and safety requirements put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible has also passed and exceeded testing for side-impact protection (SIP), although not required of child restraints sold in the United States.

It is also equipped with some of the most advanced safety features in car seats today:

SIP: A Side Impact Protection head panel protects child’s head, neck and spine. It easily adjusts to 10 different positions, even with child in the seat, ensuring a perfect — and safe — fit.

EPS: Energy-absorbing foam, Expanded Poly Styrene, in shell and head panel absorbs crash forces, resulting in less force transferred directly to child, minimizing injuries in the event of a crash.

SAFE: A Shock Absorbing Foam Element device located below the shell crumples upon impact, reducing stress on child’s neck and shoulders in the event of a crash.

Quick-Release, Five-Point Safety Harness: Made with a “cobblestone” webbing of extra-strong polyester thread.

As always, we welcome your questions. In fact, we love hearing from you. Please leave your comments and questions below or email us directly at


Thank you,

Peg Perego USA


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A Colorful New Chapter in the Book Stroller Story!

What’s the latest must-read in strollers? Our new Book, of course! If you haven’t already read our review, you should know that this latest addition to the Peg Perego family of strollers is a perfect choice for stylish parents looking for excellent features.

From opening to closing, the Book turns a wonderful new page in Peg Perego’s story of style and design. And the latest chapter? Well, let’s just say it’s a very colorful one. That’s because the Book will be introduced in a new fabric and three gorgeous color options! Read on …

“Understated chic took on a  new meaning the moment Classico Stone entered the room … ” Who knew that grey could be so vibrant? But Stone is just that ­— a dynamic, silver-hued neutral that stands out in a crowd, coupled with classic black accents. Sure to be popular with the Book Club!

“Smooth and smart, Classico Mentha just had that certain way of keeping it cool …” Like a breath of fresh air, new Mentha rolls in with a minty-green tone that’s so cool it’s hot. Accented with sophisticated grey touches it’s destined to be Readers’ Choice for every Book fan.

“With a flourish, Classico Flamenco strolled in. All heads turned … ” Sporting a fashionable, radiant red, new Flamenco is the bright choice for baby. Paired with classic black trim and hardware, it’s bound to be on the best-seller Book list this fall!

What could possibly make all three of these striking new Book colors even better? The new fabric they’re created on! Peg Perego’s new Soft Fabric Collection brings a whole new dimension of softness to our strollers and, most importantly, to your baby. Combining two ultra-soft-yet-strong jersey knit fabrics with a delicate lining, the Soft Fabric Collection is silky smooth, comfortable, breathable and, naturally, durable. You might say it’s a colorful twist to a very happy ending!

The Book in new Stone, Mentha andFlamenco will be available this October! And a similar new design, the Book Plus, which features a reversible seat, will be available in December. Use our Store Locator to find a Peg Perego retailer near you.

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Greetings from GEARAPALOOZA!

 We’re back from the Windy City, and we’re happy to report that GEARAPALOOZA was a huge success! Thanks to our hosts, Bump Club Chicago and Galt Baby, for pulling together one amazing registry and baby gear event for parents and parents-to-be. We just loved seeing all the latest and greatest, chatting up one of our favorite bloggers, the one-and-only The Baby Guy Jamie Grayson, and of course, meeting so many of you!

If you live in or near the Second City (lucky you, we’re already wishing for more deep-dish pizza!), you have to check out the Bump Club and Beyond. With a presence in both Chicago and Austin, Texas, it is the largest social event company connecting moms and moms-to-be in these cities. Their events are always a blast (and their goodie bags and prizes are amazing).

And Galt Baby is hands-down one of our favorite Peg Perego retailers in the Windy City. Recognized by Chicago Magazine as the “Best of Chicago” for Baby Gear, Galt Baby is the place to find the most trend-forward modern baby goods in the city, including our new Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible car seat and Siesta high chair. Galt Baby has three locations in the Chicago area—one downtown, one in Lincoln Park and one in Skokie. Not in the area? You can shop Galt Baby online (they offer free shipping right now for all orders more than $99!) at Or, you can use our Store Locator to find a retailer near you.

So where are we headed next? We’re back to the office for a few weeks, as we have quite a bit of work to do before October’s big ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, Ky. It’s there where we’ll unveil all of our new products (and color collections) for 2013, so definitely stay tuned! And mark your calendars now for October 30 when we’ll be in New York City for Big City Moms’ Biggest Baby Shower Ever!




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