Monday, January 26, 2009

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat in Matrix

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Review of the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 toddler car seat

One of the most trusted names in car seats, presents the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Toddler Car Seat. With good looks and a sturdy steel frame, the Nautilus from Graco protects children in three different modes. First as a front-facing 5-point harness seat from 20 - 65 lbs, second as a belt positioning high-back booster from 30 - 100 lbs, and third as a backless booster from 40 - 100 lbs. With such a high 5-point harness weight capacity, following car seat safety best practices becomes much easier.


Parents love the sleek look of the Graco Nautilus, which blends well with most car interiors. Easily keep the car seat clean thanks to the removable and machine washable cover. With a high harness weight capacity and the ability to convert to a booster, the Graco Nautilus may be the last car seat you will need to purchase once baby can safely ride forward-facing.

Installation: The Graco Nautilus installs with ease. Attach the back onto the seat, slide the headrest on, and pop the arm rests to the seat, and you're ready. Install the Nautilus using LATCH or your vehicle's seat belts. The Nautilus works three ways:

  1. As a 5-point harness seat (20 - 65 lbs and 27" - 62")
  2. As a belt-positioning booster (30 - 100 lbs and 38" - 57")
  3. As a backless booster (40 - 100 lbs and 40" - 57")

Note: Your vehicle's manual may state a set weight limit for its LATCH anchors (40 or 48 lbs). For use with children above this weight while still in the 5-point harness, the seat must be installed using vehicle seat belts. As a backless booster, use only the vehicle lap and shoulder belts to secure both child and seat. You may install the seat with LATCH or seat belts for both the harnessed seating configuration and the high back booster mode; however, you cannot use LATCH to install the Nautilus as a backless booster.

Convenience: Clean the Nautilus' cover by machine washing in cold water on the delicate cycle and drip drying. With a narrow profile, the Nautilus fits well in many cars. Neutral fabrics and a modern look don't overwhelm your style.


Generous padding keeps kids happy. Cupholders offer children their own personal spot for juice. The wrap-around head support keeps sleepy heads from drooping and the super cushy padding makes for happy car rides.

Comfort: Armrests let junior lounge. Generous cushioning throughout supports little bodies and invites contended road trips. Cupholders add to the feeling of a big-kid seat. When your little angel nods their head, side wings prop them up.

Product Features

  • 3-in-1 multi-mode Car Seat for longer use 20 pounds to 100 pounds

  • Extended 5-point harness for children 20-65lbs.

  • Converts to High-back belt positioning booster for child 30 pounds to 100 pounds

  • Converts to backless booster for child 40 pounds to 100 pounds

  • Steel reinforced frame for durability

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 36.1 inches ; 19.5 pounds

  • Shipping Weight: 25.6 pounds

  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.

  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.

  • Note: Gift-wrapping is not available for this item.

  • ASIN: B0011URFRE

  • Item model number: 8J00MTX

  • Sales Rank: #1 in Baby

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    Product Description Product Description

    Once your child outgrows her rear-facing infant car seat, she's still required ride in a car seat or a booster for several more years to come. So rather than investing in a succession of seats and boosters, try the Graco Nautilus 3-in 1 Toddler Car Seat, the only forward-facing car seat your child will need. Its five-point harness accommodates children up to 65 pounds, and its convertible booster/backless booster can hold children up to 100 pounds in weight--longer than most other convertible car seats.

    The steel-reinforced structure ensures your child's safety. View larger.

By removing the back, the Nautilus will accompany a child up to 100 pounds.

Versatile, Convertible Design Lasts through Early Childhood

The Nautilus features an extended five-point harness design that can accommodate children over the age of one, from 20 to 65 pounds in weight--a wider range than most other forward-facing car seats. As your child grows, the seat easily converts to a high-back booster and then, lastly, to a backless booster for a child up to 100 pounds in weight. A steel-reinforced frame and superior construction help to ensure safety and durability through years of use.

Built for Comfort and Superior Safety

You can rest assured that your child will have superior protection while riding in the Nautilus, thanks to extensive crash testing and a steel-reinforced structure. The car seat meets or exceeds US Safety Standards, including U.S. Compliance Standard FMVSS 213; the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), with peak Crash Force approximately twice the Car Seat Standard; and tests for Extreme Car Interior Temperatures. EPS energy-absorbing foam provides additional security and comfort.

As well as being secure and safe, your child will feel extra-comfy, too, with an easily adjustable head support, cushioned seat, and wide armrests; a cup holder and side storage keeps snacks and treasures close at hand.

About Graco

In 1942, Russell Gray and Robert Cone formed Graco Metal Products, in Philadelphia, PA. For 11 years, the firm fabricated machine and car parts for local manufacturers. In 1953, Gray left the firm, leaving Cone as sole owner. Cone decided to manufacture his own line of products, but had trouble coming up with ideas. Enter David Saint, an engineer, tinkerer, and stained glass artisan who worked for Graco. Saint, himself a father of nine, was intrigued when an associate told him how his wife would soothe their tired and cranky baby while swinging in a backyard glider swing. Acting on this inspiration, he went to the drawing board and 18 months of hard work later, the world's first wind-up infant swing, the Graco Swyngomatic, was born. Graco sold millions of Swyngomatics in the coming years, becoming one of the world's leading manufacturers of juvenile products in the process. Today, Graco is a Newell Rubbermaid company, with 1500 associates worldwide. While a half-century has brought many changes to Graco, their dedication and commitment to designing and manufacturing top-quality products remains, and continues on.

What's in the Box

Graco Nautilus 3-in 1 Toddler Car Seat (Matrix).

Product Description

Help keep your child harnessed as long as you can and if you can do that without buying a procession of car seats, even better! The new Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat is the only forward-facing car seat your child will need. It helps keep him safe in a 5-point harness longer than most car seats ? all the way up to 65 lbs.

Later, the seat converts to a highback booster then backless booster, for comfortable, custom protection up to 100 lbs. Extensive crash testing and a steel-reinforced structure give parents peace of mind, while the height adjusting head support and extra-comfy seat with wide armrests, cup holder and side storage help your precious passenger relax and enjoy the ride.


  • Extended 5-point harness fits kids up to 65 lbs. to keep them safer longer

  • Converts from 5-point harness to High-Back Booster for children 30-100 lbs. and Backless Booster for children 40-100 lbs.

  • Steel reinforced structural frame: Steel reinforced frame provides strength and durability

  • 3-position recline to get the correct installation and comfort

  • Wider, padded armrests are extra comfy

  • Head rest can be easily adjusted in one hand so it changes with child's growth

  • Engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed US standard:
    • U.S. Compliance Standard FMVSS 213

    • New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) ? peak Crash Force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard

    • Extreme Car Interior Temperatures

  • EPS, energy absorbing foam

  • Cup holder and convenient side storage keep must-haves handy

  • Open loop belt guides easily position your vehicle's seatbelt

  • Recommended Use:
    • 20 - 65 lbs. 5-point harness

    • 30- 100 lbs. Highback Booster

    • 40- 100 lbs. Backless Booster

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