Would you splurge for the load leg on an infant seat?


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What do you think of the load leg on an infant seat? Is it worth the splurge for you? Why or why not?


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yes. i like anything extra that will potentially absorb energy. that's why i buy seats with anti rebound technology as well. i wish we had a seat on the market here with both


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In the article it says the seat with the load leg actually performed the best in the crash tests. I probably would get one if I was going to get another infant seat.

It's like a lot of safety features. From side impact cushions to anti-rebound bars/tethers to energy absorbers in the base. All likely make a difference. Some maybe more than others, but no data to say if they are actually effective at reducing serious injury or fatalities outside the crash test lab. Probably not a big difference once you have the basics of installing and using any rear-facing seat correctly. Rear-facing seats are so safe inherently, the other stuff is a bonus.

That said, I'd splurge for a load leg seat if cost was no object. The Britax BabySafe was WAY ahead of its time almost 10 years ago, but some of us knew even then that rigid LATCH and foot props were more than marketing;-) Even Consumer Reports didn't realize how innovative it was until a few years later, when they lamented why we didn't have seats like the BabySafe that they found in England. They didn't even know it had been sold in the USA and then discontinued! Now, they realize that some of these features might just have some benefit;-) At $300 back in 2005, it was a small fortune that too few people would justify to use for 12 months or so.


Fortunately, the Nuna Pipa and Cybex Aton Q are both very good seats overall, in addition to having a load leg!


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If I could afford it, or find a reasonable way to afford it, yes, I would (and did) get a seat with a load leg. I think it's a great safety feature and I hope companies start putting them on convertibles here in the US.

That said, I'm totally okay with using an infant seat without a load leg.

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