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 Cool Italian Convertible for Your Child

Where do we start with our new Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-70 car seat? The new addition to our Viaggio car seat family follows your child from infancy through toddlerhood, providing comfort, style and safety for them from 5 to 70 pounds.

The Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-70 converts from rear facing (for children 5 to 45 lbs.) to  forward facing (for children 22 to 70 pounds, or up to 49 inches). Its Side Impact Protection head panel protects child’s head, neck and spine and easily adjusts to 10 different positions, even with baby in the seat, ensuring a perfect – and safe – fit. The Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-70 also features energy-absorbing foam, Expanded Poly Styrene, in the shell and head panel, and a Shock Absorbing Foam Element (SAFE) below the shell that crumples upon impact.

Plus, baby will look great (and be comfortable) with the seat’s innovative Fresco Jersey performance fabric (it’s breathable, absorbs moisture and is easy to clean), which is available in six sophisticated color ways.

Of course, we are excited about this new addition to Viaggio car seat family, but what do some of the leading baby bloggers have to say about the Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-70?


The BabyGuy Gear Guide

“That’s Amore …” is how the BabyGuy entitled his blog about the Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-70. That’s good news for us … and for you! Here’s what Jamie Grayson had to say:

“It’s an incredibly attractive seat … a sexy and sleek design for parents who don’t want to muck-up their car. The upholstery is gorgeous and the Jersey Fresco fabric is so soft I’m jealous. Got a carsick kiddo? Don’t worry—the fabric can be removed for hand-washing … The LATCH install is very easy, and the lock-offs for seatbelt installation are actually quite easy to use compared to others on the market.

Moooooo-ve over, because there’s a new car seat in town. And it’s a damn good one. Great job, Italians. Great job.”


Baby Gizmo

Baby Gizmo took an “up close and personal” look at the Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-70. Blog founder Hollie Schultz said you need to “take notice”!

“One of our favorite features of the Primo Viaggio Convertible 5-70 seat is the adjustable Side Impact Protection (SIP) that is super easy to adjust to 10 different positions, even with baby in the seat. This adjustment not only moves the headpiece but the harness straps as well. No more uninstalling the car seat and re-threading harnesses with this one! Booyah!”


Mommy Loves Coffee

Christina Holt of Mommy Loves Coffee points out that Peg Perego is “widely known for their exceptional details to safety and style.” Here’s what she said about one of the comfort features of Primo Viaggio Convertible 5-70:

“It is a Fresco Jersey performance fabric. It’s very breathable. It absorbs a lot of moisture and will keep your baby cool and comfortable, even in the black. It’s never been hot to the touch. My child has never been uncomfortable while sitting in it, and he’s a hotbox!”


The Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-70 is available now! Use our Where to Buy tool to find a retailer near you.


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And We’re Off!

There are lots of things we as parents do to make air travel easier on our children. We make treat bags. We buy new toys. We pack plenty of fun snacks in our carry-ons. And of course, we never ever forget those favorite blankets and loveys. But there’s something else we could bring along to make flights with our children a little more comfortable … and a lot more secure—their car seats.

Even though I work for a baby gear company, deciding to bring the car seat along on our family’s first flight (a relatively quick, two-hour direct) was not easy. Let’s face it: Car seats are big and bulky, and not so easy to schlep through an airport. But once I started researching it (see my previous post, “Cleared for Take Off?”), I knew I would feel best, and my son, Jack, who turned 2 just a few days before our departure, would probably do best, if we brought along his car seat—our Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible.

Once we decided the car seat was coming along, our next challenge was figuring out just how we’d maneuver it through the airport. It turns out, there are lots of options. There are mini luggage carts, covers that turn your car seat into a backpack, and inexpensive, yet ingenious straps that allow you to attach your car seat right to your rolling luggage.

The next challenge was getting through security. The TSA agents didn’t bat an eye at the car seat, but they did want us to run it through the baggage X-ray machine, which I wasn’t expecting. At first it wouldn’t quite fit, but changing the seat’s recline position just a bit made it work.

I knew the next tight fit was going to be the plane itself. I had measured the base of the seat before we left, and it was well within the 16 inches the FAA recommends.  But before I could try it out onboard, I was stopped by the gate agent and then the flight attendant. They both wanted to see that my car seat had the appropriate stickers. (In order to fly with your car seat, it must say, “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” Otherwise, you may be asked to check it as baggage. FYI, Peg Perego’s Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible and its infant car seat, the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, are both approved for in-flight use.)

Once we all boarded, my husband quickly got to work installing the car seat with the plane’s seat beat. It took a couple of minutes. There were more than a few people standing in the aisle waiting on us, and yes, a few rolled their eyes, but it really didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. I was doing the best thing for my child after all. And my 2-year-old? He was more than excited to see his beloved car seat, which fit just fine in the plane.

“My seat! My seat! Jack sit in his seat!” he exclaimed as he climbed in the familiar car seat.

With Jack secure in his seat, we were all a bit more relaxed and able to enjoy our first flight together. We took pictures, waved goodbye to the ground and said “whee!” as we soared above the clouds. There were snacks and coloring and a few quiet games of Simons Says. But overall, it was uneventful, which is exactly what you want a flight with a little one to be.

So would I do it again? Absolutely. For our family, the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible turned out to be the perfect travel companion.

What about you? Have you flown with your child’s car seat before? Please share your experience with us by commenting below.

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Test Drive: Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible

“It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here!” I exclaimed to my husband as he curiously peered into the big white box I was lugging through our front door.

With me working for a baby gear company, he’s seen more than a few new Peg Perego products enter our home, and our lives. In just the last year, there’s been a new everyday stroller that we now can’t live without (the Pliko P3), the lightweight and travel-ready Pliko Mini and the chic, goes-with-everything-and-will-hold-anything Borsa Mamma diaper bag.

But this, this is what I (and it seems, hundreds of other moms across the country) have been waiting for—the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible.

The newest addition to the Peg Perego Viaggio travel series, this seat offers all the safety and style of our celebrated Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat in a reversible convertible. With two growing kids—now 5 and 22 months—this is the car seat I needed.

Right out of the box, I fell in love with the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible. Of course I had seen it before. First at tradeshows and then in our very own Peg Perego showroom. But seeing it in my home, next to my old (sadly not Peg Perego) convertible car seats, it looked different. It looked better. And I couldn’t wait to get my kids out of their old seats and into this one.

It was the adjustable Side Impact Protection (SIP) that got my attention first. I loved that it adjusted (even with my child in the seat) to 10 different positions. I found this an especially good feature for my 5-year-old daughter, who doesn’t quite weigh enough (she weighed just 35 lbs. at her last doctor’s visit) for a traditional booster, but is really too tall for her old convertible.

For my “baby” (yes, I still call him a baby even though he’ll be 2 before I know it), I liked that the Convertible had a higher rear-facing weight limit—45 pounds. At 22 months, he weighs a hefty (somewhere around the 85th percentile at our last doctor’s visit) 30 pounds. But with the Convertible, he’s still got room to grow and stay rear facing until his second birthday, just like the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends.

Installation was also very easy. With summarized instructions right on the seat itself, it was super easy to reposition from rear- to forward-facing with the LATCH connectors. And once it was in the car, I liked the look of the Convertible even more. Not only did the Fresco Jersey seat seem comfortable and breathable, the sleek and tailored seat actually looked good in my car.

Overall, I have to say, it was well worth the wait.



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