I researched A LOT befre purchasing this car seat. I wanted something affordable yet very safe for my son. We started using it for him when he was 13 months old because it was too tall to fit in our car rear-facing. He loves it and has never had a problem with it. I was concerned that the side air impact cushions would bother him because they protrude so far out but he hasn't seemed bothered by it at all. I really do like the car seat and I always feel as though he is safe when we are traveling. I was spoiled with his infant carrier because I loved everything about it and it was so easy to use. Because of this, I have found a couple of things that I don't like about this car seat but in all of them that I've looked at (that I'm willing to pay for) they aren't any better. The biggest thing is that it is kindof a pain to tighten the straps each time we get in the car. The button to do so it kindof covered up with the carseat fabric which makes the appearance better but I don't like fishing into the fabric to find the release button to loosen the straps. Other than that, I love this carseat. Pros: Good value for the quality, good color combinations, installs easily (forward facing) Cons: Too tall to fit rear-facing in cars, I wish the tightening mechanism for the straps was a little easier to use.