GRACO EXTEND2FIT REVIEW AND MANUAL
One of the largest rear-facing caps we’ve seen at 50 pounds is the Graco Extend2Fit convertible car seat. Because the average 4-year-old weighs around 40 pounds, this seat would allow a large number of kids to ride back-facing well past their second birthday. You need to know how to install Graco Extend2Fit and manual it.
But what about the legs? Are they not going to be cramped? This is the ERF’s #1 concern. Several studies have shown that riding forward-facing is more dangerous. Mainly since the heads, necks and spines of children are much more susceptible to injury than their legs. In fact, children are much more resilient than adults, and a broken leg is less life-threatening than an injury to the neck or head.
However, with this innovative model, the Graco Extend2Fit convertible car seat has taken into account the issue of cramped legs. For you, we have broken down the stats so you can determine whether this seat is worth the hype.
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Key Features of the Graco Extend2Fit convertible car seat
- Graco Extend 2 Fit
- 50 pound rear-facing weight limit
- 4-position leg extension which adds an extra 5 inches of legroom
- 10-position headrest
- No-rethread harness
- Buckle pockets
- 6-position recline
- Two removable integrated cupholders
- 10 year expiration
- InRight LATCH system with push-on connectors
Parents love the simplicity of this seat for the features it provides. I really understand that the leg extension might not be as bulky as you would expect.
Several parents had one of the biggest complaints involving removing and changing the cover after cleaning it. There are a bunch of small loops hanging on to the cover, and some of the hooks are low and difficult to reach. This is probably this seat’s most disappointing aspect. Using a seat cover that is easy to clean is a huge time saver when you have babies and young kids.
What are the child sizes of the Graco Extend2Fit convertible car seat?
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Like many car seats, this one has some recline positions rules, but they can be a little tricky to keep up with. It is only possible to use rear-facing in positions 1–4. You would use place 4 for children under 40 pounds and 5 and 6 for children over 40 pounds in forward-facing.
On the side of the seat you will see a recline angle ball indicator that will help you get three months and younger the right recline for babies. The ball must be in the circle of light blue. You can put it anywhere in the 1–4 places after three months until they are 40 pounds.
Accustoming to the leg extension panel may take a while. It says it has four positions, but the first position is the default position, which is completely retracted. With kids over 40 pounds, you can use 2–4 positions
Although this seat’s minimum weight is 4 pounds, this seat would likely be too large for babies under 7 pounds to fit snugly. The brace may be too high, leaving too much space in the crotch and hip area. This is popular with plenty of convertible seats, so you’re better off starting with a baby car seat for a preemie or tiny newborn.
How big is the Graco Extend2Fit and will it fit in your vehicle?
- Seat weight: 18.4 pounds
- Seat depth: 12 inches
- Height with headrest: 27 inches
- Harness height range: 7 – 18 inches
- Widest point (external): 19.6 inches
- Height at shoulders: 13.75 inches
- Crotch strap depths: 4.5 and 6.5 inches
Although not the most bulky seat on the market, fitting 3 car seats in a row will be a challenge if you don’t have a larger vehicle. Even, if extended to its full height, the headrest can block some rear window visibility for some vehicles.
Taller front passengers reported only a slight drop in the legroom when the seat is rear-facing and the extender of the foot is completely out. But, if you are extremely tall, have a compact or subcompact car it could be more of a concern, so an installation in the middle of the backseat will probably work better.
How safe is the Graco Extend2Fit convertible car seat?
First of all, we were pleased to discover that in some real-life crash experiences the seat performed well. Both a 1 and3-year-old (each in Extend2Fit seats) were involved in a 70 mph rollover (6x) crash and were not injured in one of those. A 16-month-old was involved in a side-impact collision spinout and had no injuries.
The Extend2Fit padding looks pretty nice with a couple of different color choices such as gray/black and pink/black. It is adequately padded, but with thicker padding, other seats feel more sturdy. Some parents, however, thought the seat was solid and their kids were comfortable in it.
Some parents reported not being able to recline the seat enough so the heads of their children slumped too much. Others had a lot of trouble adjusting the straps of the belt. Some had problems getting the installations of the LATCH and seat belt secure enough to hold the seat securely.
One parent found an important security issue concerning the warning labels on the cushions. They are written on the screen and can get cold. So you might want to feel them in hot weather first to make sure they’re not going to be a burn risk.
How the Graco Extend2Fit install and manual?
Many parents found it easy to download LATCH. With the InRight LATCH system, you can quickly clip the straps onto the anchors and releases of the vehicle by pressing a button.
Remember that on this car seat, LATCH can only be used up to 45 pounds. Therefore, you’ll need to use the seat belt and harness if you want to keep your child rear-facing past 45 pounds.
When using the seat in rear-facing and/or forward-facing mode, there are a few things to take note of Graco Extend2Fit install and manual below:
- You can scooter the base out to use the foot extender in rear-facing mode, but at all times there must be 80% of the base on the seat. Luckily, the base includes blue and orange stickers to indicate where that is.
The crotch strap must be in the forward-facing position, you can’t use the leg extension, and you can’t use the harness covers.
- The rear-facing seat belt configuration is where you may be struggling. The direction of the belt is narrower than in the forward-facing role, so it can be difficult to thread. Once you’ve done so, with the one-pull tightener, securing the harness could be difficult. The clip of the chest is also a bit clunky.
We highly recommend watching installation videos and checking in with a car seat technician, police station or fire department. So they can confirm if your seat is secure. You must read carefully Graco Extend2Fit install and manual to ensure that.
ο Allows for extended rear-facing up to 50 pounds
ο Adjustable leg extension for 5 inches of extra leg room
ο Ball-level for accurate incline
ο Looks big but allows for front passenger leg room even in rear-facing
ο Easy LATCH install with push-on connectors
ο Buckle pockets to keep buckles out of the way when getting child in and out
ο Performed well in real-life crash scenarios
ο Machine-washable cover (air dry only)
ο Two removable integrated cup holders
ο 6 recline positions and 10 headrest positions
× Cover is difficult to remove and replace for cleaning
× Seat-belt installation in rear-facing can be a challenge
× Harness may be difficult to tighten
× Too big for preemies and very small newborns
× Can’t use leg extension or harness covers in forward-facing
× Chest clip is a bit clunky
× Versions with easy-to-remove covers are a lot more expensive
The Graco Extend2Fit convertible car seat is definitely a good option if extended rear-facing (ERF) past two years is essential to you. With a rear-facing limit of 50 pounds and a leg extension adding 5 inches of extra legroom, this seat blows off the ERF competition pretty much.
It’s also an affordable seat, so it’s great on a budget for families and will last until your child’s ready for a booster. You’re better off with a dedicated infant seat for preemies or tiny newborns below 7–8 pounds, as the Extend2Fit won’t provide a snug fit.
The Extend2Fit has performed very well in real-life crash situations and is durable enough for your child to be very healthy. Installation can be complicated, however, particularly with a rear-facing seatbelt installation. It can also be tricky to tighten the harness straps.
To ensure that the seat is installed correctly and used, we recommend that you visit a local car seat tech or fire department. Watch installation videos as well, so you’ll be able to work with the different features that are unique to this seat.
Unfortunately, the cover in this model is hard to remove and replace and the versions with easy-to-remove covers are so much more expensive. That’s this seat’s biggest downside and one Graco could and must resolve to save some time for busy family.