Note: The Car Seat Lady does not sell the IMMI Go and has no financial ties to IMMI. The Go is just a fantastic, super-versatile seat that we want you to know about.
Who is IMMI?
IMMI is a worldwide industry leader for the past 50 years in the design, testing, and manufacturing of advanced safety systems. You’ve most likely used an IMMI product before, and just never knew it. IMMI makes the harness straps, crotch buckles, LATCH straps, and tether straps for many of the car seats on the market, especially the higher end seats like those made by Chicco, Clek, Britax, and Peg Perego to name a few. They also make vehicle seats – including school bus seats with built-in car seats. IMMI also has an entire line of 5-point harnesses designed specifically for school buses, including for children with special needs on buses.
What is the Go?
TheCarSeatLady Alisa with a 2-year-old in the Go
The Go is a forward-facing-only car seat with a 5-point harness that most kids can use until 6-8 years old.
their shoulders touch the shoulder guides (when the guides are up all the way)
While the Go does turn into a backless booster, we’d suggest keeping the seat set up for use as a 5-point harness car seat as 1. once you take the harness out to use it as a booster, it’s a royal pain to put the harness back in if you ever wanted to use it as a car seat again and 2. it’s much easier to buy a backless booster for $30 or less and save this $199 seat as a 5-point harness car seat. Need a backless booster for travel – see here for suggestions.
Why would I want the Go?
Great for 3-across (see pictures below for a few examples)
Go, Chicco Key Fit, Britax convertible rear-facing in 2011 Range Rover Sport
Go, Chicco Key Fit 30, Go – in 2001 Subaru Outback.
Cybex Aton2, Diono Radian RXT, Go in 2011 Subaru Outback
Go, Cybex Aton2, Go in 2014 Acura MDX.
IMMI Go in 2P with LATCH, Clek Foonf rear-facing in 2C with seat belt, Diono Radian RXT rear-facing in 2D with LATCH in 2016 Audi Q5.
Go, Cybex Aton2, Harmony Cruz in 2002 Subaru Outback.
From the top
At just 16.5 inches at its widest (across the arm rests), its already super narrow. The Diono Radians, Clek Foonf & Clek Fllo – some of the narrowest seats on the market – are 17 inches at their widest.
Its a mere 9.5 inches wide where it meets the back of the vehicle seat – which helps the Go puzzle nicely both next to and a little underneath other car seats if you are trying for 2 side-by-side or 3-across.
Because it doesn’t have a plastic back, it is really narrow in the torso & head area – making it much more comfortable for an adult to sit next to than a traditional forward-facing car seat which has plastic sides that dig into the adult’s side. The lack of a plastic back also lets it allow the 2nd row captain’s chairs in some minivans and SUVs to still slide forward to access the 3rd row – as shown here in this video.
TheCarSeatLady Emilys 4-year-old daughter in the Go and 1.5 year-old son in a Combi Coccoro in a rental car in Europe
Amazing for travel
Weighs only 10 pounds!
Comes in its own travel bag!
Installs in less than 90 seconds usually!
Note: the IMMI Go needs LATCH… which you’ll find in all cars in the US & Canada that are 2003 and newer, and all cars in Europe that are 2012 and newer. Do NOT take the Go to other countries/continents as you will most likely not have a vehicle with LATCH… and won’t be able to use the Go.
With its super-small size and super easy install, this is perfect for keeping in your closet in your tiny NYC apartment and bringing down to the Zipcar for that weekend trip out of the city.
It can also go in taxis – and if you bring a big stroller like an UPPAbaby Vista you can even put it in the stroller’s basket.
Great for carpools
Taking 2 year olds in the morning and 5 year olds in the afternoon… no problem! Simply slide the shoulder belt guides up or down to adjust the seat for kids of different sizes.
No need to worry about the lower anchor weight limit and changing between a LATCH and seat belt installation for kids of different weights. Because the Go only weighs 10 pounds, it can be installed with LATCH up to a child’s weight of 55 pounds in most vehicles… which is longer than any other car seat on the market. For more on LATCH weight limits, see here.
Great for nannies & grandparents
For those who want to take the car seat out when the child is not in the car, this is a great option as not only is it easy to install, it also doesn’t take up much room in your closet/trunk/garage (wherever you store it).
Can it be used on airplanes?
TheCarSeatLady Debbi and Alisa showing how small the Go is when it is folded into its attached storage bag
No – it can not be used on a plane. However, it does fit very nicely in the overhead bin of the plane (don’t worry, no one will know you’re storing a car seat – it just looks like a piece of luggage when you’ve tucked it into its storage bag.
Airplanes don’t have tether anchors, and the Go requires the use of the tether to in the 5-point harness mode.
Airplanes don’t have shoulder belts, and the Go requires the use of the shoulder belt to be used in the booster mode.
What are the disadvantages of the Go?
It can’t be used on a plane – so for kids who need a car seat on a plane to help them behave and sleep better, this will not be a good travel seat. If you are taking the IMMI Go on the plane and want your child to have some upper body restraint on the plane, use a CARES harness on the plane.
If you find yourself without the lower LATCH anchors, you’re going to have a challenging time installing it with the seat belt. If you find yourself without a top tether anchor, you can NOT use the Go.
It requires the use of the top tether. All vehicles (except those over 8,500 pounds – like airport shuttles, passenger vans, the largest pick-up trucks) in the US & Canada since 2003, and in Europe since 2012, will have lower anchors AND top tethers in at least 2 seating positions. If you plan to travel outside of these areas – the Caribbean, South America, Asia, etc you will want to bring a car seat that installs easily with a seat belt and does not require the use of the tether (but if you are in a vehicle with a tether anchor, please ALWAYS use the tether as it makes the child’s brain and spine safer).
Because it doesn’t have deep sides, many children find that it isn’t great for sleeping for long periods of time. So, if you’re planning to drive cross country this may not be the seat for you.
How do you install the IMMI Go?
You will want to install the IMMI Go using the lower anchors AND top tether (LATCH). While the IMMI Go can be installed using a seat belt AND top tether, the seat belt installation is complicated and MUCH harder than installing with LATCH.
You MUST read the vehicle owner’s manual to see where the lower anchors AND top tether anchors are in that vehicle. If you don’t have the manual, type the year, make, and model of the vehicle into Google along with “owner’s manual pdf” and you can typically get it for free. For example, type “2012 Toyota Camry owner’s manual pdf” into Google.
Note: The center seat in most vehicles does NOT have the lower anchors. Also, things that look like tether anchors may not be tether anchors – they may be cargo hooks which are typically not strong enough to hold the tether in a crash. Make sure what you’re using as a tether anchor is what the vehicle’s manual states is in fact the tether anchor.
If you encounter a vehicle where the head rest is fixed (meaning you can’t pass the tether anchor under the head rest) you will typically put the tether around the head rest as shown in the video below:
Note: The Go was originally sold by IMMI as the Safeguard Go from 2006-2009, and then by Safety 1st as the Safety 1st Go Hybrid from 2009-2012. As such, some of the pictures show the Safeguard & Safety 1st Go – but they are the same seat as the IMMI Go.