Smart Seat Twitter Party Q&A – More of your FAQ on the Smart Seat from Graco!

We know you’ve had questions about the new Graco Smart Seat, so earlier this month, we hosted a Twitter Party to give you a chance to talk to our experts about the questions you’ve had.

Even if you weren’t able to make it, here’s a recap with highlights of some of the most popular Smart Seat questions we received. Also, check out these posts for additional information and FAQ.

What are the height and weight limits for the Smart Seat?
- Rear-Facing: 40 lbs and the top of the child’s head must be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest of the seat
- Forward-Facing Harness Mode: 65 lbs and 50”
- Forward-Facing Booster Mode: 100 lbs and 57”

Can you use the Smart Seat as an infant carrier or in a stroller?
No, the #SmartSeat does not have a carry handle—it’s not designed to be a travel system, or to act as a carrier.

Does the Smart Seat come with a base?
The Smart Seat comes with one base that only needs to be installed one time for use in both rear-facing and forward-facing modes. The base must be used in both rear-facing and forward-facing modes, but should NOT be used in booster mode. Additional bases can be purchased for $99.99.

How much does the Smart Seat weight with the base and without the base?
The Smart Seat weighs 21lbs without the base and 33 lbs with the base. The seat IS heavy, because it is steel reinforced for strength and durability.

Will the Smart Seat fit into a smaller car?
Graco has conducted several studies on fit to the most popular vehicle models. See here for some photos showing the seat’s fit in a sedan.

What fashions are available for the Smart Seat?
The Smart Seat is available in two fashions as of April 21, 2011: Larkin and Jessica. We will have more fashions to announce in the next few months.

What is the price of the Smart Seat?
The Smart Seat costs $299.99, which includes a base. Additional bases can be purchased for $99.99.

Where do you buy the Smart Seat?
You can purchase the Smart Seat exclusively at Babies “R” Us.

When should I use each recline position?
3 recline positions are available in rear-facing mode, which can be used as long as you stay in the window of the level indicator. When your child turns forward-facing, all levels of recline are acceptable up to 40 lbs.

Are there any reviews on Smart Seat yet?
Yes, you check out ratings and reviews here at or on

What is the warranty on the Smart Seat?
All Graco products have a one year warranty. See here for more information.

Is the Smart Seat compatible with other Graco car seat bases?
No, the Smart Seat cannot be used with any other Graco car seat bases.

Is Smart Seat FAA approved?
No, the Smart Seat is not FAA approved.

When does the Smart Seat expire?
The Smart Seat expires 10 years from the date of manufacture.

Does the Smart Seat convert to a backless booster?
No, the Smart Seat does not convert to a backless booster.

Is the Smart Seat easy to install?
We think it’s easy – but check it out for yourself! Here’s a video on how to install the Smart Seat.

Does the Smart Seat have a place to attach toys?
We do not recommend attaching toys to a car seat as they can become a projectile in a crash.

What are the harness measurements for the Smart Seat?

Harness Slot Heights (6 positions)
- Rear-facing position (with cushion insert): 8.5″, 10″, 11 1/2″
- Forward facing positions (without insert): 14″, 16″, 18″

Crotch strap positions:
- 4 1/4″ and 5 1/2″

Crotch strap length:
- 6″ to top of buckle (same as the MyRide 65)

Belt guide heights in booster mode:
- Lowest 14″
- Highest 19″

Does the Smart Seat need to follow the 80/20 rule?
The Smart Seat can follow the 80/20 rule (80% of the car seat must be on the vehicle seat) when the base is used, but in booster mode, 100 percent of the Smart Seat must be on the vehicle seat.

Still have questions? Leave them for us here and we’ll do our best to answer them!

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8 Responses to “Smart Seat Twitter Party Q&A – More of your FAQ on the Smart Seat from Graco!”

  1. Sunshine Crawford April 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Will this seat will fit rear-facing in a 2007 Nissan Sentra? I do not want to purchase it and then have it not fit! I have heard from many that it is hard to fit in smaller cars but just hoping it would fit because I would love to have this seat!

  2. clarice August 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Can you be more specific about the height limit for rear facing position? I’m trying to find a car seat that will work with the new guidelines for rear facing car seats for children until age 2.

  3. Candice August 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I hope this seat comes to Canada soon!!!!!

  4. Chelsea November 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Is there a trick to removing the crotch strap and rethreading it? I have been trying for hours and I can not get the darn thing out!

  5. Courtney November 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    I am having the same problem with the crotch strap!!!

  6. Courtney November 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I finally just got mine through!! It sounds dumb, but look at the picture in the booklet and try to do exactly like it shows. I had been trying to push it through the bottom, but out of desperation I looked at the manual again and decided to attempt it EXACTLY how they show it and it popped right out! I hope this helps I was about to throw the thing through the window!!

  7. Doug November 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    HELP!! My daughter puked all over her smart seat and we had to take the straps out to wash them. Now, it seems that they’re not back properly. Is there any way to find out the correct routing of the straps (behind that plastic cover that comes off the back)?? Please, I’m desperate!!


  8. Doug February 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Does anyone read these posts? I’m riding around with the straps incorrectly hooked for my child. Please help!