We Listened! Updated Recommendations for Size4Me™ 70 and My Size™ 70 Convertible Car Seats

Thank you to our Graco fans for the tremendously positive response to the Size4Me™ 70 and My Size™ 70 Convertible Car Seats! Now that the seats are on the market, being used (and loved!) by consumers like you, we’ve had some common questions arise. We listened to your concerns and challenges, and our engineers circled back to test the seats under even more circumstances. Below, you’ll find updated recommendations that address the harness adjustment, forward-facing height limit and a way to make sure the crotch strap is comfy for your child.

Thank you for your valuable feedback. Moms, dads and the babies they love are at the heart of what we do at Graco, and we love being able to hear from you.

Size4Me, in Aires

The Harness on the Size4Me 70/My Size 70 is difficult to tighten completely.  Do you have any suggestions?
If you are having difficulty tightening the harness system on the Size4Me 70 seat, here are a couple tips to make tightening easier:

1)      If you are using the seat in rear facing mode, make sure that the harness is positioned so that it is at or just below the child’s shoulders.  You should raise the head rest to the position that is closest to being at the child’s shoulder height without going above the shoulder.

2)      Make sure to pull all harness slack from the child’s hip area up to the shoulders before tightening the harness.  You can do this by pulling upwards on the shoulder straps just above the buckle to remove the slack from the legs/stomach and then tighten the harness

3)      Before tightening the harness, lower the chest clip near the buckle.  Tighten the harness.  Then raise the chest clip into the proper position (at armpit level).

If you are unsure if your child’s harness is tight, perform the “pinch test” on the harness webbing.  After tightening the harness on your child, try to pinch the webbing at the child’s shoulders with your thumb and index finger.  Your fingers should slip off the webbing of it is tightened properly.  If you can pinch webbing between your fingers, then the harness needs to be tightened.

If you are in rear facing mode, you should also check that the webbing in the back of the seat follows a straight path and is not sagging.

What is the forward-facing height limit of the Size4Me 70 and My Size 70?
Based on continuing child and vehicle fit studies, we are now expanding the forward facing height limit for the Size4Me 70/My Size 70 seats to 52”.  This change is retroactive for all Size4Me 70/My Size 70 seats.  This change does not impact the 70lb weight limit for the seat.  It is important that the seat be installed per the directions and usage requirements in the CRS instruction manual.

My Size 70, in Thunder

The crotch strap seems too snug for my child to ride comfortably. What can I do about that?
Great question! Graco always strives to provide products that meet the needs of our customers. So based on feedback received from customers like you, we have tested use of the forward crotch position in rear-facing mode on our My Size 70 and Size4Me 70 car seats and have found that use of the forward slot in rear-facing modes is acceptable. Check the crotch strap and choose the position that is closest to but not under your child.  So, if your child needs a little extra room, please feel free to move your buckle to the forward position to provide more comfort.

The harness webbing on the back of my Size4Me 70/My Size 70 seems to be loose, is this OK?
The harness webbing on the back of the Size4Me 70/My Size 70 seat may feel loose when in rear facing mode.  This is normally due to how the webbing follows the belt path behind the seat.  It is important that the webbing in the back of the seat follows a straight path and is not sagging.  It is also important that the harness is tight in the front per the “pinch test” above.  Provided these two conditions are met, the harness is properly tightened.

Happy (safe!) riding!

Ashley Mowrey

Ashley is the PR and Consumer Engagement Manager at Graco. She loves catching up with friends on Facebook, relaxing at the beach and playing baseball with her three boys, Evan, Chase & Connor.


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3 Responses to “We Listened! Updated Recommendations for Size4Me™ 70 and My Size™ 70 Convertible Car Seats”

  1. Susan L. M. April 14, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    I know this is an old post so I don’t know if anyone reads the comments but…
    We haven’t installed our new Size4Me, but I just used the steps above on our MyRide65 and I can’t believe how much easier it is to tighten the straps!! Great advice!!

  2. Grace July 26, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    thanks for the info! i’m curious… would the outer crotch position still work when he’s older then? I would think that if he needs the outer slot to be comfortable at 9 months, it wouldn’t still fit him when he’s older? (and he’s a pretty slim 9 month old as it is!)

  3. Caroline November 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    we used the headwise 70 for my special needs child, who would cry when buckled, because of how close the buckle was to his legs (would pinch his thighs) I’ll try moving to the other setting…..thanks!!