Chicco KeyFit Car Seat Review

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Chicco KeyFit Car Seat Review

The Chicco KeyFit Car Seat is designed to for infants in the weight range of 4 to 22 pounds and a maximum height of 30 inches. It is to be used in a rear-facing position only and can be installed using the LATCH system or by using the safety of your car’s seat belts in the car.

This design incorporates a Bubble level indicator on both sides so that you can easily get the seat at the correct level during installation. It can be installed both with and without the Chicco KeyFit Base which can be very helpful if you need to move the car seat from car to car and do not have a spare base available.

As this model is lighter than some, it can really help save your back as your infant grows and gets heavier when you are removing the cradle from the car. It’s also compatible with several different models of Chicco stroller line, including the S3, Cortina, and Trevi.

Side impact protection is better than most as it is using energy-absorbing foam in the construction of the seat.

An infant insert is supplied that holds smaller babies comfortably and securely weighing from 4 to 11 pounds. The infant insert works together with the 5-point harness with a one-pull tightener for easy adjustments, this helps to keep your child positioned correctly in the seat to offer excellent protection from crash forces during a crash reducing the likelihood of injury.

The seat has been certified and is suitable for airline travel if you should have to use the airplane’s own safety belts to secure the seat. Always contact your airline before flying to confirm travel safety arrangements when flying with a small infant.

The Chicco KeyFit car seat comes with a one-year warranty. The Chicco website offers excellent support, including a downloadable version of the instructional manual. If you need more help, customer support representatives are available by phone and email.

The KeyFit Infant Car Seat is available in a black and gray colored design called Ombra. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when cleaning, as using the wrong cleaning methods can seriously degrade its performance.



#1-rated infant car seat in America
ReclineSure Leveling Foot adjusts to fit vehicle seat angle
RideRight Bubble-level Indicators show when a proper fit has been achieved
SuperCinch One-pull LATCH Tightener achieves a tight, secure fit with a fraction of the effort
Infant insert for smaller babies 4-11 lbs.
Seat interior lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam for improved impact protection
Easy removal from both stroller and base
Adjustable, multi-position canopy
Smooth underside of base helps protect against damage to vehicle seats
Accommodates vehicles without LATCH
Conforms to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, FMVSS 213
FAA approved for use on an aircraft
Color description: a black-on-black fashion featuring a high-quality, woven jacquard in a stunning geometric pattern with a gorgeous sheen

Proper installation is the KEY to making your baby’s world safer. #1-Rated Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat is the easiest car seat to install simply, accurately and securely. Every time.

ReclineSure Spring-Loaded Leveling Foot adjusts to fit the angle of your vehicle seat. RideRight Bubble-level Indicators show when the proper base angle has been achieved and are positioned on each side of the base for accurate installation from either side of the vehicle. To secure the base, SuperCinch one-pull LATCH Tightener uses force-multiplying technology to achieve a tight and secure fit with a fraction of the effort!

Lined with energy-absorbing foam, the KeyFit is equipped with a five-point harness that can be quickly and easily adjusted for an accurate fit, using the one-pull harness adjustment. An ergonomic infant insert provides extra support for smaller babies (4–11 lbs) on their first trips in the car and keeps them comfy and cozy.

The KeyFit Infant Car Seat in Ombra is part of the sleek, black-on-black Ombra collection from Chicco. Featuring a high quality woven jacquard in a stunning geometric pattern with a gorgeous sheen, Ombra creates a fabulous fashion statement for modern parents and babies.

Compatible with all Chicco® strollers that accept a Chicco® infant car seat:

Urban 6-in-1 Stroller
Bravo Quick-Fold Stroller
Bravo LE Quick-Fold Stroller
BravoFor2 Two-Passenger Stroller
Viaro 3-Wheel Stroller
Activ3 Jogging Stroller
Tre Jogging Stroller
Liteway Plus Stroller
KeyFit Caddy Car Seat Carrier
Cortina Magic Full-Size Stroller
Cortina CX Full-Size Stroller
Cortina Together Two-Passenger Stroller


Dimensions Assembled : 27.5L x 24H x 17W
Assembled Weight: 17.15 lbs.
Weight without Base: 9.6 lbs.

Ship Weight: 20 lbs.
Carton Dimensions: 17.32L x 27.95H x 14.96W

Care and Maintenance:

Fabrics may be spot-cleaned with mild soap and water, or machine washed in cold water on delicate cycle using a mild detergent. Hang to dry. DO NOT BLEACH.

To remove the seat cover of the car seat, please refer to the product manual.

NEVER remove Harness or harness components from Carrier. If the harness is extremely soiled or damaged, Call Chicco to order a replacement.

Sponge clean plastics, harness straps and LATCH straps using warm water and mild soap. Towel dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH, solvents, or household cleaners, as they may weaken the plastics.

To clean the buckle or LATCH hardware, rinse in a cup of warm water or sponge clean. DO NOT USE ANY SOAPS OR LUBRICANTS on the buckle or LATCH hardware. It may cause them to malfunction.

Recommended Use:
Babies from 4–22 lbs.

Chicco KeyFit Car Seat Installation

Proper installation is the key to making your baby’s world safer. #1 rated Chicco KeyFit car seat is the easiest car seat to install correctly. The Chicco KeyFit infant car seat is the premier infant carrier for safety, comfort, and convenience. With its removable newborn insert, the KeyFit car seat will accommodate your baby from four to twenty-two pounds. The KeyFit thickly cushioned seat includes a five-point safety harness and is lined with energy-absorbing foam for increased safety and comfort. The KeyFit base’s spring-assisted level foot, two precision bubble levels, and “center-pull” latch adjustment guarantee quick and correct installment from either side of your vehicle and give you confidence that your child is safely secured in your vehicle.

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About Chicco:

Chicco (kee-ko) is the largest baby brand in Europe and has been part of the Artsana Group for over 50 years. The Artsana Group is an innovative lifestyle company that offers a variety of products that include baby feeding, gear to medical supplies. Chicco was founded by Enrico Catelli, which offers baby related products from before birth to preschool age, their products are now in more than 120 countries over six continents.

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Great All-Around Option

Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat is one of the best seats overall for balancing crash protection, ease-of-use, and vehicle fit. One of two infant seat models offered by Chicco (along with the KeyFit 30).

Crash Test
Ease of Install - LATCH
Ease of Install - Belt
Ease of Install - w/o Base
Ease of Use
Comfort / Quality
Weight / Size
  • Built by top rated car seat company
  • Secures baby from 4 to 22 pounds
  • Energy-absorbing foam for improved side-impact protection
  • Removable newborn insert for smaller babies
  • Belt lock-off can slip in some vehicles
  • Secure installation of carrier without base is difficult to achieve
  • Coarse fabric and does not breathe well