Scenera safety vs True Fit?


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So I posted in other threads about not finding any True Fits but last night, I stopped by our local target and they actually now have 2. We did end up buying the Scenera though. Primarily because it is so much lighter, it's going to be used in a car that will only be used for very short distances (long story) in a Mini Cooper and it will be lighter for me to carry on the plan at the end of April.

But I am still not sure I am happy with the choice. It seems so light and 'flimsy'. It just doesn't seem to have the weightier protectiveness of the True fit now that I was able to see one. And for use in a Mini Cooper where there just isn't much "car", I am wondering if there might be better side impact protection with the True Fit.

Since the TF is heavier, I will just have to deal with the weight of taking it on the plane since that is a one time event whereas the car seat will be used 4 days a week in a mini.

What do you all think? Will the TF provide more protectiveness? The funny thing, on the short route where it will be used, I DID get hit front to side in the Mini. Someone made a left turn right into me cause they were daydreaming and did not see me. The car's air bag did not go off but there was some front end damage. So a short distance doesn't mean no accidents!


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We can't specifically tell you if one is safer than the other--because we don't have numbers to back that up, but the TF does provide more safety features. EPS foam is the big one--at least to me. The True Fit also has nice deep sides which may provide more SIP, though any harnessed rearfacing seat provides a great deal of SIP.

It is extremely unlikely that the scenera will take you to an appropriate booster age so you will need to buy another harnessed seat down the road. The True Fit will likely take most children to an appropriate booster size.


Admin - CPS Technician
Any chance of you using both? TF in the car, and Scenera on the plane? I'd much rather travel with the Scenera than the TrueFit just because of the size/weight.

If you can only use one, I'd be fine with the Scenera as a backup seat (which this sounds like). No, it doesn't have foam, lockoffs, etc., but as long as it's installed and used correctly, it's perfectly safe.

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