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5-year-old, 45 pounds in IMMI Go

5-year-old, 45 pounds in IMMI Go

To buy an IMMI Go, click here.

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?

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TheCarSeatLady Alisa with a 2-year-old in the Go

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Who can ride in the IMMI Go?

To ride in the IMMI Go, a child MUST be AT LEAST:

green check mark24 months old AND

Since the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines are that kids should ride rear-facing until at least 24 months of age, we strongly recommend waiting to use this seat until after your child’s 2nd birthday. Yes, uberFAMILY is allowing the use of the IMMI Go starting at 12 months (so long as the child is also 22 pounds and 31 inches) as we know that otherwise parents will typically hold the child on their laps or wear the child in an Ergo in the taxi… and forward-facing in a car seat is a million times safer than being held or worn.

green check mark22 pounds AND

green check mark31 inches

A child is TOO BIG for the IMMI Go when they are:

red X55 pounds OR

red X52 inches OR

red Xtheir 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?

Can it be used on airplanes?

What are the disadvantages of the Go?

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.

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