Introducing Argos 70, our New 3-in-1 Harnessed Booster Seat!

We have been moving and shaking here at Graco with lots of new products. I am happy to announce our newest car seat innovation, the Argos 70, 3-in-1 harnessed booster seat. The Graco Argos 70 is a forward-facing only, harnessed booster seat that converts from a harnessed car seat (20-70 lbs) to a high back belt-positioning booster (30-100 lbs), then finally to a backless belt-positioning booster (40-120 lbs).

harness, car seat, harnessed booster, 3-in-1 car seatTo start, this car seat is steel-reinforced & Safe Seat Engineered (which means it has gone through many different types of testing, such as Side Impact Testing, extreme weather testing, and other important safety reviews).

There are many features about this product that you will love. First, there are higher weight limits for two of the modes of use. In the harnessed booster mode, your child can use the harness up to 70 lbs. When you use Argos 70 as a backless booster, the seat holds a child up to 120 lbs (which helps support the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that children ride in a booster seat until they are 4’9″).  Must-have features like the front adjust harness, integrated cup holder, and side storage compartment are also an added plus to this seat.

But, my favorite feature by far is the Simply Safe Adjust harness system.

This harness system allows you to quickly adjust the harness height & head rest at the same time and with one hand–no need to re-thread the harness! This car seat is great for car-pooling since you can easily and safely adjust the harness height without un-installing the seat. I was able to easily adjust the harness height and head rest so my little ones could check out the newest car seat.

My daughter, “PP,” is shown in the picture here. She is 50 lbs and she fit in this seat really well (Argos 70 comes with a toddler insert for even more cushioning if you’re using the seat with a smaller child).

This car seat is sure to impress! Pre-order it now at  Babies R Us or check it out at your local Target.

 

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102 Responses to “Introducing Argos 70, our New 3-in-1 Harnessed Booster Seat!”

  1. Amanda August 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    This seat looks similar to the Graco Nautilus. Besides the weights what else is different with this seat??

    I noticed it goes up to 120lbs…whereas the nautilus only goes to 100lbs.

  2. CPSTJen August 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I agree with Amanda – looks like a revamped Nautilus.

    Is it any taller?

    It would seem that we’re gearing seats toward heavier and heavier kids (which is fine… there is obviously a need for high weight limits).

    What about tall kids? Neither of my kids fit in the Nautilus any more — in fact, they outgrew it by height when they were 6 and 7 (respectively). If this Argos isn’t any taller, it won’t do my family any good.

    For what it’s worth, I believe in extended rear-facing, extending harnessing and, boostering until they can pass the 5 step test in every ride. My 8 year old was harnessed until this past June when his seat expired and my 7 year old is still harnessed (we used Britax products because of their height).

  3. Atlantic Car Seat Safety August 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Great to up the weight limits – I also am hoping for higher height limits as well.

    That said – I wish it was not called a 3-in-1 seat. I understand why, but it’s hard when we often tell parents that 3-in-1 seats can make un-safe boosters. We are obviously not meaning the Graco Nautilus/Argo – as it fits most children well.

    I am also afraid a parent will attempt to install it rear-facing. It wouldn’t be the first time I have seen a forward facing only seat used incorrectly in this way. Calling it a 3-in-1 is just already used for a different kind of seat.

    Thanks,
    Katherine Hutka
    Atlantic Car Seat Safety

  4. Melissa Parlaman August 23, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Thanks everyone for your comments–you all have great questions!

    To start, this seat is similar to Nautilus but has a few important different features—as Amanda pointed out, there are higher weight limits. This harness holds children up to 70 lbs (vs. 65 lbs for Nautilus) and as a no back booster, holds a child up to 120 lbs (vs. 100 lbs in Nautilus). There is also an awesome (I think it’s awesome :) feature on the Argos 70 called the Simply Safe Adjust harness system. With one hand, you can adjust BOTH the head rest & harness height. So, you can easily adjust the seat for multiple kids, quickly & safely (no need to uninstall then reinstall the car seat). As for the height, Jen, there are no differences from the Nautilus.

    Katherine, to address your concern on calling it a 3-in-1 car seat, we actually describe this seat as 3-in-1 harnessed booster seat (instead of 3-in-1 car seat like Nautilus is named). We want to make sure that people understand that there are three modes of use for this seat: harness, belt-positioning high back booster & belt-positioning no back booster (hence, 3-in-1). For our all-in-one seats that do go rear-facing, like the Graco Smart Seat, we do not call it a 3-in-1 but rather all-in-one because of its rear-facing capability.

    Again, thank you for your comments. I know they will definitely help out other consumers that most likely had the same questions/concerns!

  5. Marlo September 7, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    Does this seat recline at all? I was at the store today and I really like the Nautilus for my 3 year old. However, he does sleep in the car a lot and the Nautilius is very straight. I’m hoping this would allow him to be a little more comfortable if he falls asleep.

    Is there a timeline of the availibility? BRU said to preorder but it’s unclear on when you would receive it. I couldn’t find it on Target’s website. Oh, one last question. When I was at the store the car seat lady mentioned a new Nautilius coming out. Is the Argos 70 the “new Nautilus?”

    Thanks!!
    Marlo

  6. Melissa Parlaman September 7, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Marlo. Yes, this seat has a 3-position recline but the recline levels are the same as Nautilus. Argos is available now at target.com:
    http://www.target.com/p/Graco-Argos-70-Car-Seat-Axel/-/A-13478073
    (its marked down $20 and has free shipping!!!). Babies R Us does not have it in stock yet.
    A lot of people have been comparing this seat to Nautilus since it does share some features (like being a 3-in-1 seat, steel-reinforced, one-hand, adjustable head rest), but this definitely has some upgraded features, such as no re-thread harness system, and higher weight limits in the harness mode and in the no-back booster mode. It really is a great seat so I you end up buying it, please come back and give us your feedback!

  7. Rachel September 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    This looks great, but I have two questions/issues. First, we own the Nautilus and LOVE it. My 5-year old goddaughter still has 2 harness slots to grow and weighs less than 40 lbs so she’ll be in it a long time, but the issue with my godson who will turn 7 next week is that despite weighing under 65 lbs and being slightly below the height of the last slot, there is not enough harness to fit him comfortably. It would appear to be the same in this seat considering the child in the photo is only 50 lbs and already appears to be at the end of the harness length. Is there any way to put in a word so that Graco can fix this issue by adding to the harness length?

    Secondly, it would be awesome if Graco (and other car seat companies) could be more proactive in communicating seat requirements. I can’t tell you the number of 3 year olds in my class that ride in carseats like the Nautilus (harnessed seats with high limits) without the harnesses. When I ask them why they remove the harness they say it’s because the seat says the child only has to be 30 lbs. Yes, but no. If you could just put a label on a seat somewhere that says “THE SEAT HARNESS SHOULD BE USED UNTIL CHILD OUTGROWS BY WEIGHT AND/OR HEIGHT”. I know it’s not the car seat companies faults, but there are just so many parents who don’t do the research.

  8. Melissa Parlaman September 9, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Rachel. Thanks for your feedback. I will definitely pass along the harness information to the team. We have been placing the AAP recommendation of keeping your child harnessed as long as possible or until they outgrow the max height & weight requirements on our convertible car seats but we definitely should have that message on the Nautilus and Argos as well. Again, thanks for your feedback–it is much appreciated!

  9. Brie September 10, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    I have been patiently waiting for this seat to finally be available for sale, as I want to purchase one for my 2 year old daughter.

    However, I want the “Eliza” pattern. Why can’t I find that one for sale anywhere? Babies-R-Us has a gray one listed on their website for pre-order. Target has another gray colored one listed on their website.

    When and where can I purchase the “Eliza” pattern?!! I’m starting to get frustrated as it’s listed on here as available, but I can’t seem to find it for sale anywhere!

  10. Melissa Parlaman September 12, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Brie. Babies R Us will be the only one to have the Eliza pattern so you can only find it there. I am trying to track down an approximate date as to when Babies R Us should have it. Will let you know.

  11. tonya September 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    What type of latch connectors does it have? The same as the Nautilus? Do you guys offer any seats with the nice push button latch connectors? They are so much easier to latch/unlach when your in a hurry =]]

  12. Melissa Parlaman September 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi Tonya! The Argos 70 has the same LATCH connectors as the Nautilus car seat. At this time, we do not offer any car seats with a push button LATCH connector. Thanks for the comment!

  13. Melissa Parlaman (Graco Contributor) September 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Hi Brie! The Eliza fashion of Argos 70 should start hitting Babies R Us stores next week. It may take them some time to get the product out on shelves so you may want to give them another week or call ahead of time to make sure they have the product in stock. I hope you enjoy the seat..come back to gracobaby.com and write a comment. Thanks!

  14. Rachel September 14, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    Thank you for the earlier response Melissa :) I know I personally would definitely be willing to order a longer harness system for our Nautilus(es) if Graco developed one!

  15. Brie September 16, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Thanks, Melissa!

    I’ll keep an eye out for it next week!! I’m excited!

  16. MelH September 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi – we are going to be purchasing one of these in the next few days for our daughter. As I have read reviews and researched I see something about an Elite? Is there an Argos 70 Elite and if so, where can I find it? Just looking for a little clarification on the two.

    Thanks!

  17. tonya September 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Im interested in knowing about an Elite also :) We have a Nautilus Elite that I bought just because it has the built in Lock Offs. I would love to get rid of it and get a Argos with Lock Offs if there is one coming in the future.

  18. Melissa Parlaman September 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Mel & Tonya!
    The Argos Elite will be sold at BuyBuyBaby stores and should be available end of December. The Argos Elite is similar to the Nautilus Elite, in that it has the seat belt lock off and height & width adjustable head rest. But, it will have the awesome feature of the Simply Safe Adjust harness system. Let me know if i you have any more questions!
    Melissa

  19. tonya September 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Thanks Melissa for the reply! Is there a link showing all the features for the Elite version?

  20. tonya September 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Also how long will it be an exclusive to BuyBuyBaby? My nearest one is 3 hours away :(

  21. Melissa Parlaman September 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Hi Tonya,
    At this point, we don’t have anything up online yet but will very shortly (i will send the link once it goes live). BuyBuyBaby is the only retailer that will be carrying this item–could you order online once it becomes available end of December?

  22. kenly chivers September 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Do you know when the Eliza pattern will be available? Babies R Us had no idea what I was talking about. Thanks!

  23. Melissa Parlaman September 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Kenly! I just confirmed with our Babies R Us account manager & she said that the Eliza was a couple weeks behind Crest so it is just hitting stores end of this week & most likely be in stores next week. The store associate you were talking to may not have known that they were getting in another fashion for Argos, but they definitely are. Sorry for the inconvenience–Argos 70 is worth the wait :) !

  24. kenly chivers September 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Thank you so much for getting back to me Melissa! I am looking forward to getting two Argos-70 Eliza for our girls!

  25. BelC October 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Hi Melissa,
    I am shopping a car seat for my 2 yr old son. He is not a big guy. I was considering Safety first air 65 than I saw Graco Argos 70. I like that can recline and can be used as booster. However, I do not see any review about safety of Argos. How safe is Argos? I read the manual and all that stuff but not the actual users feedback (well it is a new product i know but just wondering). And also what is that thing about 3 in 1 being not safe? Is that true? Why aren’t they safe?
    And there is a color I like I don’t know if it is available. Black and orange. When is that be available?
    Thank so much…

  26. Melissa Parlaman October 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi Bel. Thanks for the great questions! To answer your first question about safety, Argos 70 has been SafeSeat Engineered, which means its been side impact tested, tested to approximately 2X Car Seat Standard (NCAP) and Extreme Car Interior tested (so, basically a lot of testing!). There may be some comments slowly coming in on target.com and babiesrus.com regarding Argos so keep your eye for that. And, just to be clear, we refer to Argos as a 3-in-1 because there are three modes of use: 5-point harness, high back booster and no back booster. Other companies refer to 3-in-1 for their all-in-one seats (which go rear-facing, forward-facing in a harness then high back booster).
    The black/yellow color that you are referring to is not available. We use that as our “color-block” product but it is not available for sale at this time.
    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  27. Brie October 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Melissa,

    I still can’t find the Eliza pattern online at Babies-R-Us. Is it only sold in stores? I checked at my local Babies-R-Us and they still didn’t have it. I’m assuming it should be available very soon, as it’s been a couple weeks since you said it was being released.

    My main question is if the Eliza pattern will only be available in the store, or if I will be able to purchase it from Babies-R-Us online??

  28. Melissa Parlaman October 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi Brie. I am so sorry that you having trouble finding the Argos in the Eliza fashion. I am checking in to see why it is not on babiesrus.com so once i know more, i will get back to you. Again, so sorry for your difficulties locating this product!
    Melissa

  29. Brie October 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Guess what?!?!!!

    Eliza is now listed on the Babies-R-Us website!!

  30. Melissa Parlaman October 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi Brie, YEAH! so glad it is finally live & you can order it now!

  31. KesE October 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi, Melissa. =) I’m very interested in the Argos, but I’m wondering about the colors. is Eliza the only “girly” print? Do you know if there are plans to release more colors later? I really love “Miley” for the Nautilus, and would love to get it in an Argos. My 2-year-old is obsessed with pink! Or possibly, would a Nautilus cover be useable on an Argos? The Eliza pattern “isn’t enough pink” for my picky daughter. I feel like she may just have to suck it up, but still – if more pink is an option, I wanna know about it! :p Thanks so much!

  32. Amber October 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Does the argos have more slots for the buckle between their legs? My twins are quite chunky and with diapers we need the room. I know this was an issue for many with the nautilus and I also know that the strap should be in front of their crotch not coming up from underneath them to be installed correctly.

  33. Lisa October 16, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    I would also like to know if there is more slots between their legs.

  34. Melissa Parlaman October 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi Amber & Lisa,
    The Argos 70 has two buckle slots between the legs (which is the same as Nautilus).

  35. Mary October 24, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Melissa,

    Can the headrest and harness be moved independently from each other? We have a Britax Boulevard right now and are very unhappy with the “one step” headrest /harness adjustment. My 2 year old would have to have a neck like a giraffe for the headrest to properly fit around his head. We have to choose either proper harness or proper headrest positioning. We are going to buy a harnessed booster in the near future and really like the Argos 70, but don’t want the same issue with the harness / headrest dependancy.

    Thank you,
    Mary

  36. Melissa Parlaman October 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Hi Mary–No, the head rest & harness move together in one integrated system. You’re best bet for a car seat since you don’t like the integrated harness & head rest system would be a Nautilus. You still get the 3-in-1 car seat modes, steel reinforced seat, and SafeSeat engineering, but you will have to re-thread the harness as your child grows.

  37. HeatherS November 5, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    Melissa,

    We bought this car seat and the seat itself is really easy to adjust. My only issue is the crotch strap is so short I end up squishing my son when trying to buckle him in! He is really uncomfortable. Ive loosened the straps to the fullest extent hes only 36 lbs and about 34″ tall and almost 3 . It doesn’t seem right Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  38. Jennie November 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Melissa,

    I have the same problem as HeatherS. The strap at the crotch area is very tight and my son only 33 lbs. The harness can be used up to 70 lbs, but I don’t see how that’s going to be possible if it’s already tight for a 33 lb child. It’s not easy to buckle him up without having to struggle. The seat has a 3 pt recline, but doesn’t really recline and so it’s still fairly upright for a sleeping baby/toddler.

    Aside from those two concerns, I like the backseat adjustments, the look/style, cup holder…everything else about it.

  39. Ashley November 12, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    I looked at this seat at BRU today and I love everything about it except the crotch strap. At BRU they had it in the first slot (closest to the back). But there was absolutely no way I could even begin to buckle it around my 27 pound 2 year old daughter. It probably would work in the second strap, but she is only 27 pounds! I just can’t see how she won’t be sitting on the crotch strap in a matter of months.

  40. Angela November 13, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    I was wondering if the argo, while the kids are asleep, keeps their heads from falling forward? Im also trying to make a choce between the nautilus and the argo. I did see that you mentioned a new argo elite will be coming out soon. How much better will it be compared to the other two I mentioned? Thanks, Angela

  41. Melissa Parlaman November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Hello!
    I wanted to respond to a couple of people’s comments regarding the position of the crotch strap on Argos 70 (Heather, Jennie & Ashley). Our car seat engineers test the fit to child of our car seats extensively. Obviously children come in many shapes and sizes and there is no “perfect” child seat that fits them all correctly, but we strive to accommodate the vast majority of children that fall in our weight ratings. My best recommendation is try your child in the seat (if they are an older/bigger child) and see how they fit in the seat (remember to take any extra inserts to give your older child room in the seat). Hope this helps!
    Melissa

  42. Melissa Parlaman November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Angela,
    The Argos 70 Elite that will be coming out will have two upgraded features. The first feature is the full adjustable, height & width adjustable head rest. That may help support your child’s head better if they happen to doze off in the car (it is similar to how airplane seats used to be..). The other feature is an installation feature: the seat belt lock off. The seat belt lock off helps make seat belt installation easier. I hope this answers your questions. Melissa

  43. alexandra November 22, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    Hi, I was wondering if this seat will be sold on Amazon,com any time soon and if you will have any other colors beside the Axel and Crest for boys. Neither BRU nor TRU in my area look like they’re planning on carrying it and shipping is extremely high for me (Hawaii).

  44. Melissa Parlaman November 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Hi Alexandra. Unfortunately Amazon will not be selling Argos–only Babies R Us and target.

  45. Chessie December 4, 2011 at 3:55 am #

    I’m extremely disappointed that Graco would only put in 2 slots for the crotch buckle. They would sell thousands more if they just added one more position. There is NO way a 70lb child could fit in this comfortably… My daughter is 38lbs and 40″ tall and she is literally sitting on the crotch buckle.. It just confuses me..

  46. Tanja December 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Where can I purchase the pattern “Martin” of Graco Argos 70 car seat?
    I states buybuybaby.com, but I can’t find any Argos seats on their website….

    Also any news on when the Argos Elite will be available and which patterns it will come in?

  47. Melissa Parlaman December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Hi Tanja. The Argos 70 in Martin fashion should be arriving at buybuybaby in early January. At this point, there will be no additional fashions in this seat–options are Babies R Us, Target, and BuyBuyBaby.

  48. maribel December 23, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Is this seat FAA approved? I need to fly in a couple of months but need to buy a new carseat before then. None of my local stores carry the seat and I don’t want to buy this if it ends up not being allowed on a plane.

  49. Maribel Mora-Mtz December 25, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    Hello, I recently purchased the argo 70 Eliza style and today was the first day we installed it for my 18 month daughter. she loves it. I was reading the questions and answers but I didn’t find one for the problem I’m having. So I had the hardest time buckling her up. It took me like 5 minutes to get it to lock. Is this normal, what am I doing wrong? I read the manual but didn’t find an answer. thanks in advance.

  50. Maribel Mora-Mtz December 25, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    As I read wht I wrote I noticed I was not specific. The buckling part I’m talking abt the harness to buckle and crotch strap. It took a while to click. I tried to put one at a time and it would not lock then I pressed on the cross strap or the red button and still took me a while to make it click. Am I missing something. The previous graco elyse travel system, the car seat was very easy to use. I’m new at these things. Thanks again.