Designer 22 Canada vs USA (re: TC notice)

Keeanh

Well-known member
Is there a fundamental difference between Canadian & US Designer 22s that would make the Transport Canada notice irrelevant in the US? Or are they the same? If they're the same, then shouldn't US consumers have the same concerns as Canadians with regard to this seat?

My fingers always start to twitch when I see a pre-03/2009 Designer 22 mentioned on the board, and then I see that it's a US seat and I'm not sure if I should say anything. I realize that "technically" they wouldn't be subject because they're not Canadian seats. But if the base & locking mechanism are the same, then the seats would have the same problem, right?

This is the notice I'm referring to:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-notices-2009c02-menu-844.htm
 
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Cath3114

New member
I have a 01/09 US seat. I had no clue about this. My DD is too big for it now and I hate it, but it does help to know, for me at least. The base that came with mine is not adjustable, though. I did buy an additional base that is adjustable. I wonder if either one would be included.

Either way, it won't be used again unless there's some desperate emergency and a friend needs it.
 

Keeanh

Well-known member
I have a 01/09 US seat. I had no clue about this. My DD is too big for it now and I hate it, but it does help to know, for me at least. The base that came with mine is not adjustable, though. I did buy an additional base that is adjustable. I wonder if either one would be included.

Either way, it won't be used again unless there's some desperate emergency and a friend needs it.
If someone does need it, just make sure they know how to do a proper baseless install.
 

Pixelated

Moderator - CPST Instructor
I think it applied to both adjustable and not-adjustable bases. I've noticed the change in base came with the addition of two hard plastic 'humps' at the corners of the front of the base (the end closest to the front of the car). I don't know if this coincides with the dates of the consumer information notice or not? But there is that very visible, noticeable difference in base. It seems identical otherwise.
 

Cath3114

New member
Pixelated said:
I think it applied to both adjustable and not-adjustable bases. I've noticed the change in base came with the addition of two hard plastic 'humps' at the corners of the front of the base (the end closest to the front of the car). I don't know if this coincides with the dates of the consumer information notice or not? But there is that very visible, noticeable difference in base. It seems identical otherwise.
It may be awhile before I have access to this seat, since it's in my parents' garages. But I'll look to see what you're talking about.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
As far as I know there are not significant differences. Luckily I don't see many Designer 22s (they're available but only at 2 stores, and there are other cheap seats that seem far more popular) and the ones I do see tend to be post-redesign.
 

Keeanh

Well-known member
As far as I know there are not significant differences. Luckily I don't see many Designer 22s (they're available but only at 2 stores, and there are other cheap seats that seem far more popular) and the ones I do see tend to be post-redesign.
Interesting. I guess because we don't have as many inexpensive options up here, I see a LOT of Designer 22s around.
 

Pixelated

Moderator - CPST Instructor
Interesting. I guess because we don't have as many inexpensive options up here, I see a LOT of Designer 22s around.
Me too. I cringe every time I see one, knowing chances are very good it's going to be pre-2009.

Does anyone know for sure if those two corner humps I mentioned are the change in the re-design? I don't have any here with me to take a picture of to compare.
 

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