Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car SeatIn this Graco extend2fit review, we will address all of the features, recalls, pros and cons. The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat was designed to solve a variety of concerns that parents have when selecting a car seat for their kiddos.

The biggest selling feature of the Extend2Fit® is an extendable tray that gives kids an extra five inches of rear-facing legroom as they grow.

Five inches doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can make a huge difference in comfort level.  It may even make kids a little happier about riding in a rear-facing position longer.

Additionally, Graco® upped their game by extending the rear-facing weight limit in the Extend2Fit® models up to 50 pounds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all children under the age of one ride in a rear-facing position.  This rule can be tricky to follow in an infant car seat because babies usually outgrow the infant seat by eight or nine months old.

The Extend2Fit® convertible car seat solves this problem with higher weight and height limits keeping kids in the rear-facing position well past their second birthday.

Once kids outgrow the rear-facing limits, the Extend2Fit® can convert into a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness.

The weight range for this mode is between 22 and 65 pounds and can be used for kids up to 49 inches tall.  Remember, any child under 22 pounds has to ride in a rear-facing position.

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1.Graco Extend2Fit Convertible W/ Safety Surround

The steel-reinforced frame of the Graco Extend2Fit® and EPS Energy-Absorbing Foam will help protect your child best in case of a crash.  Graco® has also made LATCH installation even easier with a simple click and their patented InRight™ system.

Also, remember that LATCH restrictions prevent any child over 45 pounds from being secured with LATCH in the Extend2Fit® car seats.

If your child weighs more than 45 pounds, you have to install the car seat (rear-facing and front-facing) with your vehicle’s seat belt instead.

Key Safety Features

  • Maximum crash protection with a steel-reinforced frame.
  • EPS Energy-Absorbing Foam
  • Increases side-impact protection.
  • LATCH installation is simple with InRight™.

User-Friendly Features

There are a variety of added features included in all Extend2Fit® car seats worth mentioning as well.  These seats have six recline positions with an easy-read bubble level to help kids be more comfortable and give parents a more seamless installation process.

There are two buckle positions and a ten-position adjustable headrest to accommodate kids of all shapes and sizes, and the five-point harness can adjust without rethreading. Furthermore, adjust the harness and the headrest together using Graco’s SimplySafe Adjust™ Harness System.

Two cup holders are also included with the Extend2Fit® car seats to keep snacks, drinks, and toys within an arm’s reach.  The seat cushion is machine washable, making it easy to clean-up any messes that happen.

Finally, Graco® includes “fuss-free pockets” to hold the buckles out of the way making it a lot easier to get kids in and out of the seat without having to dig around to find the buckles.

Key User-Friendly Features

  • Six recline positions for comfort.
  • Easy-read bubble level.
  • Two buckle positions.
  • Ten-position headrest.
  • Adjust the five-point harness without rethreading.
  • Adjust the harness and headrest together with SimplySafe Adjust™.
  • Two cup holders.
  • Machine-washable seat cushion.
  • “Fuss-free” pockets hold the buckle out of the way.

Parent Frustrations

As with any convertible car seat, there are going to be some quirks, frustrations, and things that could be better.  Also, remember that convertible car seats will not be compatible with any stroller or travel system.

They are meant to be installed in a car and left there.  This little quirk can be a pretty big deal with newborns and why some parents also choose to use a dedicated, rear-facing infant seat before transitioning into an Extend2Fit® model.

Parents have also complained about a few standard things across the entire Extend2Fit® line.  First off, babies on the smaller side of the spectrum get lost in the seat, even when it’s fully reclined with the infant insert.

Additionally, it’s challenging to fit three car seats in a row in most vehicles, and the headrest can block visibility when fully extended.  The fabric cover is also challenging to remove, and parents have had trouble getting the harness straps to tighten enough.

Unique Features

  • Extendable foot tray offers five extra inches of legroom.
  • LATCH installation is easy with the InRight™ system.
  • Adjust the harness and headrest together with SimplySafe Adjust™.
  • Six recline options for comfort.
  • “Fuss-free” pockets keep buckles out of the way.

Pros

  • Utilize this convertible car seat in two different modes – rear-facing and front-facing with a harness.
  • A 50-pound weight limit and extendable tray keep kids rear-facing longer.
  • Steel-reinforced frame and EPS Energy-Absorbing Foam provides maximum protection.
  • A ten position harness adjusts from 7-17.5 inches.
  • “Fuss-free pockets” keep buckles out of the way.
  • Two cup holders included with all models.
  • Colors: Spire (black/gray/turquoise), Davis (gray/peach/cream), Kenzie (hot pink/black/white), Gotham (black/gray), Binx (black/gray/white), and Solar (gray/cream/orange).

Cons

  • Small babies don’t fit well. You may need a dedicated infant seat before using the Extend2Fit®.
  • Cannot fit three car seats across in most vehicles.
  • The headrest might block visibility when extended.
  • Harness straps are difficult to tighten.
  • The fabric cover is hard to remove for washing.

Extend2Fit® Specifications

19.25 pounds

22.1 inches high

25.2 inches deep

19.2 inches wide

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Are there different versions of the Extend2Fit?

Yes!  There are several different versions beyond the ‘basic’ Graco Extend2Fit® for parents to choose from.  All versions come with the same standard set of safety and comfort features noted above, but each of the four models has a little something different to offer.

  • Extend2Fit 3-in-1
  • Graco Extend2Fit with TrueShield Technology
  • Extend2Fit with RapidRemove™
  • Graco Extend2Fit with Safety Surround™
  • Extend2Fit Platinum

2.Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

The Extend2Fit 3-in-1 convertible car seat takes the Extend2Fit® a step further.  Use this 3-in-1 car seat as a rear-facing infant seat, a front-facing seat with a harness, and a high-back booster accommodating children up to 100 pounds.

Another neat feature allows you to keep utilizing the LATCH system in booster mode if you have lower anchors available in your car.

You will still need to secure children with a seat belt, but attaching the lower anchors can prevent the seat from becoming a projectile when not in use.

Unique Features

  • Use it as rear-facing, front-facing with a harness, and a high-back booster seat.
  • Booster mode can accommodate children up to 100 pounds.
  • Two color choices – Garner (black/gray/patterned cream) and Janey (gray/lavender/cream).

Pros

  • Can be used in three modes – rear-facing, front-facing with a harness, and high-back booster.
  • The rear-facing weight limit for the 3-in-1 is 50 pounds.
  • The high-back booster mode can hold kids up to 100 pounds.

Cons

  • It is difficult to tighten the harness straps.
  • In rear-facing mode, this seat can be a tight fit in compact cars.

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  • Simply Safe Adjust Harness System headrest and Harness adjust together
  • One-hand, 10-position adjustable headrest easily adapts for your growing child
  • 6-position recline helps keep your growing child comfy on your many journeys together

The Specs 

21.56 pounds

25.16 inches high

22.52 inches deep

19.25 inches wide

3. Graco Extend2Fit® 3-in-1 With TrueShield Technology

 This car seat has TrueShield Technology offers parents the same 3-in-1 convertible car seat, but also includes an extra layer of side-impact protection with TrueShield.

This innovative technology was released in 2017 to give kids additional protection “from head to hips” if they are ever involved in a side-impact collision.  The 3-in-1 TrueShield comes in just one color option – Ion (dark gray/black).

Unique Features

  • TrueShield Technology gives kids an additional layer of protection in side-impact collisions.
  • One-color option is available – Ion.

Pros

  • Use this 3-in-1 car seat can in rear-facing, front-facing with a five-point harness, and high-back booster mode.
  • Extended rear-facing weight limits and expandable tray keep kids rear-facing longer.

Cons

  • The fabric cover is tough to remove and clean.
  • Five-point harness straps are challenging to tighten securely.

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  • One-hand, 10-position adjustable headrest easily adapts for your growing child
  • 6-position recline helps keep your growing child comfy on your many journeys together

 Graco Car Seat with TrueShield Specifications

26 pounds

26.38 inches high

19.33 inches deep

21.89 inches wide

4.Graco Extend2Fit® with RapidRemove

We all know that kids can be messy, and accidents are always going to happen, especially in a car.  RapidRemove™ addresses parents’ concerns about how hard the machine-washable, fabric cover is to remove.

Now you can easily take it off in the Extend2Fit Rapid Remove model without having to uninstall the seat from your vehicle.  Total parent-win in my book!

Unfortunately, this version only has one color option as well – Clive (gray/black).

Unique Features

  • The fabric cover can be easily removed to clean up after life’s little messes.
  • There is only one choice in color for this model – Clive.

Pros

  • Use the Extend2Fit® convertible car seat in a rear-facing and forward-facing with harness position.
  • Extended rear-facing limits up to 50 pounds and foot extension for child comfort.
  • The RapidRemove™ fabric cover can be taken off without uninstalling the car seat.

Cons

  • Padding on the shoulder straps gets in the way of tightening the harness.
  • It is challenging to install three car seats across in most vehicles.

Graco Extend2Fit With Rapid Remove Specifications

19.75 pounds

25.16 inches high

21.73 inches deep

19.76 inches wide

5.Graco Extend2Fit® with Safety Surround™

 All Graco Extend2Fit® models are equipped with EPS Energy-Absorbing Foam for advanced side-impact protection.  Now, parents can give their kids even more protection from side-impact crashes with the Extend2Fit car seat.

Safety Surround™ offers an additional layer of head protection for kids in all stages.  Like some of the other Extend2Fit® versions, Safety Surround™ only has one choice in color – Buster (gray, cream, green, black).

Unique Features

  • Safety Surround™ gives kids of all stages another layer of side-impact protection in crashes.
  • One-color – Buster.

 

Pros

  • Use the Extend2Fit® with Safety Surround™ as a rear-facing or front-facing with a five-point harness position.
  • Rear-facing weight limits of 50 pounds and a leg extender allow kids to ride rear-facing longer.
  • Safety Surround™ adds another layer of side-impact protection in crash simulations.
  • Adjust the five-point harness without rethreading.

Cons

  • The five-point harness can only be adjusted with the headrest, which can cause issues with kids who need separate adjustments.
  • The seat needs to be uninstalled to adjust the recline.

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  • 6-position recline helps keep your growing child comfy on your many journeys together

 Graco Extend2Fit Safety Surround Specifications

19 pounds

25 inches high

22 inches deep

19 inches wide

6.Graco Extend2Fit Platinum

This can be used in two positions – rear-facing and forward-facing with a harness.  The platinum version includes a RapidRemove™ fabric cover for easier clean-up (without uninstalling the seat) and EZ Tight™ LATCH making installation simple and secure every time.

EZ Tight™ goes above and beyond the standard InRight™ system by offering a ratchet to tighten the LATCH belt instead of having to pull on the belt to tighten.

The Extend2Fit™ Platinum version comes in two different color options – Hurley (gray/black) and Hayden (gray/black/cream).

Unique Features

  • Extend2Fit® Platinum comes with a RapidRemove™ fabric cover, ensuring easy clean-up.
  • EZ Tight™ LATCH further simplifies installation with a ratchet used to tighten the belt.
  • Two-color options – Hurley and Hayden

Pros

  • Use the Extend2Fit® Platinum in the rear-facing mode for children up to 50 pounds.
  • Four-position leg extension panel offers up to five inches of additional legroom.
  • Easy to clean fabric cover, removed without uninstalling.
  • LATCH connection made easier with EZ Tight™.

Cons

  • Harness straps are hard to tighten.
  • Parents have complained that the EZ Tight™ LATCH connectors do not tighten as well as InTight™.
  • The larger footprint isn’t suitable for smaller cars.

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 The Specifications

24.14 pounds

25.20 inches high

22.1 inches deep

19.29 inches wide

An Important Note About LATCH System

Graco Extend2Fit® car seats are equipped with an easy LATCH connection system – InRight™ or EZ Tight™.  The main difference between the two lies in how the straps are tightened – either manually or with a ratchet.

Remember, if your child weighs more than 45 pounds, you MUST install the car seat using a seat belt, DO NOT use lower anchors to secure.  Make sure to read your car seat manual for more detailed installation instructions.

Installing a Rear-Facing Seat Using InRight™

  1. Remove the LATCH strap from the back of the seat and store the top tether.
  2. Route the LATCH strap through the rear-facing belt path (blue label).
  3. Adjust the recline. Only use recline positions 1-3 in a rear-facing position.
  4. Put the Extend2Fit® in the backseat of your vehicle, rear-facing, and centered between the lower anchors.
  5. Adjust the foot extender if needed.
  6. Extend the LATCH strap and attach it to the lower anchors. Do not twist the strap.
  7. Press firmly in the center of the car seat and pull the LATCH strap to tighten.
  8. Make sure the seat moves less than one inch in any direction when wiggled.

 

Installing a Forward-Facing Seat Using InRight™

  1. Remove the LATCH strap from the back of the seat.
  2. Route the LATCH strap through the forward-facing belt path (orange label).
  3. Unhook the top tether and lay it into the seat.
  4. Adjust the recline. Use position 4 for kids 22-40 pounds and position 5-6 for children over 40 pounds.
  5. Place the Extend2Fit® into the backseat of your car, forward-facing, and centered between the lower anchors.
  6. Extend the LATCH strap and attach it to the lower anchors. Do not twist the strap.
  7. Press firmly in the center of the car seat and pull the LATCH strap to tighten.
  8. Attach the top tether. Consult your vehicle’s manual to locate your exact tether anchor locations.
  9. Push the car seat back and pull the top tether to tighten.
  10. Make sure the seat moves less than an inch in any direction when wiggled.

 

Installing a rear-facing seat using EZ Tight™

  1. Remove the EZ Tight™ LATCH strap from the back of the seat and store the top tether.
  2. Route the LATCH through the rear-facing belt path (blue label).
  3. Adjust the recline. Only use recline positions 1-3 in rear-facing mode.
  4. Put the Extend2Fit® into the backseat of your vehicle, rear-facing, and centered between the lower anchors.
  5. Adjust the foot extender if needed.
  6. Extend the EZ Tight™ LATCH strap and attach it to each anchor. Do not twist the strap.
  7. Pull the slack to the retractor side and tighten with the ratchet.
  8. Make sure the seat moves less than one inch in any direction when wiggled.

Installing a forward-facing seat using EZ Tight™

  1. Remove the EZ Tight™ LATCH strap from the back of the seat.
  2. Raise the headrest to the highest position and route the LATCH strap through the forward-facing belt path (orange label).
  3. Unhook the top tether and lay it in the seat.
  4. Adjust the recline. Use position four (4) for children under 40 pounds and position six (6) for kids over 40 pounds.
  5. Put the Extend2Fit® into the backseat of your car, forward-facing, and centered between the lower anchors.
  6. Extend the LATCH strap and attach it to lower anchors. Do not twist the strap.
  7. Pull the slack to the retractor side and tighten with the ratchet.
  8. Attach the top tether. Consult your vehicle’s manual to locate your exact tether anchor locations.
  9. Push the car seat back and pull the top tether to tighten.
  10. Make sure the seat moves less than an inch in any direction when wiggled.

Have there been any recalls?

In early 2016, Graco® issued a voluntary recall on some of the Extend2Fit® models.  Affected models manufactured between November 27, 2015, and January 20, 2016, may have the recline labels placed incorrectly.  The error can confuse parents making installation difficult and increase the risk of injury in a crash.

To remedy the situation, Graco® notified all affected owners and sent out new labels with instructions on how to attach the new label correctly.  Owners who did not register their Extend2Fit® convertible car seats can also contact Graco® directly.

As with any safety seat purchase, it’s always good practice to send in the registration card included in the package as soon as you can.  Registering your car seat not only protects your warranty, but it also ensures that the company will notify you in case of a recall such as this one.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does the Graco Extend2Fit® turn into a booster?

That depends.  You cannot use the basic Extend2Fit® version as a booster seat.  If you want a booster option, you will need to choose from the Extend2Fit models or the Graco 4Ever® Extend2Fit 4-in-1 models.

2. How do you loosen the straps on a Graco Extend2Fit® car seat?

The harness release lever is located above the harness adjustment strap and under the seat pad on the front of your Extend2Fit® car seat.  To loosen the straps, lift on the lever while pulling the straps out at the chest clip.

3. How long is a Graco Extend2Fit® good for?

Graco Extend2Fit® car seats expire ten years after the date of manufacture.  Manufacturer information is found on the backside of the car seat, and the model number and date of manufacture are stamped on the sticker.

4. Is Graco Extend2Fit® safe?

A steel-reinforced frame and EPS Energy-Absorbing Foam help keep kids safe in case of a crash when the car seat is used correctly.  Parents have also reported that Extend2Fit® models have performed well in some pretty horrific real-life situations.

5. What’s the difference between Graco 4Ever® and Extend2Fit®?

The main difference between the Graco 4Ever® and the Extend2Fit® lies in the booster mode.  Use the 4Ever® 4-in-1 convertible car seat as a high-back booster AND a backless booster.  This is something that Extend2Fit® cannot do.

Sure, you can use the car seat as a high-back booster (supporting kids up to 100 pounds), but the 4Ever® model takes things a step further by converting into a backless booster (supporting kids up to 120 pounds).

Additionally, the Graco 4Ever® has a rear-facing weight limit of 40 pounds, whereas the Extend2Fit® has a rear-facing weight limit of 50 pounds.  The Extend2Fit™ also includes an expandable tray the will give kids five more inches of legroom.

6. Does the Graco Extend2Fit® have a base?

The Graco Extend2Fit® has a base built into it and doesn’t need a removable base.  Pay special attention to how you position the base on your vehicle’s seat.  Only 20% of front to back overhang is allowed.

What does that mean?  Graco® includes handy little labels located on the side of the Extend2Fit® base (one for rear-facing, one for forward-facing) to ensure you’re installing the car seat correctly.

7. Can Graco Extend2Fit® touch the front seat?

To ensure proper installation of your Extend2Fit® car seat, it cannot touch the front seat of the car.  This can be tricky in rear-facing mode, especially when using the foot extender.  The Extend2Fit® models may not be the right choice for anyone with a compact car.

8. Are Extend2Fit® convertible car seats easy to clean?

Overall, yes.  All Extend2Fit® fabric covers are removable and machine washable.  Models equipped with RapidRelease™, however, are easier to remove without having to uninstall the car seat.

All of the metal and plastic parts can be cleaned with mild soap and water, use a damp cloth on the buckle, and spot clean the harness straps.

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So What’s The Verdict?

The Graco® line of Extend2Fit® car seats is pretty extensive.  All models have an extended rear-facing weight limit and a foot extender that allows kids to stay in the rear-facing position longer comfortably.

There is also a slew of extra features included in all models keeping kids as safe as possible, making parent’s lives easier, and kids more comfortable in the process.

All Graco® car seats are crash-tested regularly in their privately owned facility and continually exceed recommended safety standards.  Extend2Fit® is no exception.  Whichever model you choose, you will be getting everything you need and more to keep your traveling kiddos safe.

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