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Summer Infant

Summer Infant

May 02, 2012 10:15 ET

Summer Infant® Prodigy™ Car Seat Receives Prestigious National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Highest Ratings for Ease of Use

Prodigy Infant Car Seat Offers Easy Installation, Proper Fit, and Smart Screen Technology -- the First of Its Kind

WOONSOCKET, RI--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - Summer Infant® (NASDAQ: SUMR), a leader in juvenile products, announced that its Prodigy Infant Car Seat received the highest score possible -- a 5-star Ease of Use Rating -- from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in every category: Evaluation of Labels, Evaluation of Instructions, Securing the Child, and Installation Features.

NHTSA, a government agency that sets and enforces safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, developed the Ease of Use Test especially for overwhelmed parents who were confused about choosing a car seat and worried about proper installation. The rating system -- from one-to five-stars -- allows caregivers a simple way to evaluate the ease of use for car seat features.

"At Summer Infant we strive to develop simple, safe, and technologically superior products for babies, and their caregivers. The Prodigy Infant Car Seat is the first of its kind to offer unique features that not only provide convenience, but state-of-the-art safety for every child who rides in one," said Jason Macari, President and CEO of Summer Infant. "Receiving the highest Ease of Use ratings across all categories from NHTSA makes us extremely proud and validates that we are providing consumers with the best products on the market."

NHTSA believes the best car seat is one that fits a child properly, is easy to use, and fits your vehicle correctly. Each car seat tested goes through a stringent set of assessments, and a 5-star Ease of Use rating best fits NHTSA valued criteria. Summer Infant's Prodigy Infant Car Seat earned this top score from the administration's testers.

The Prodigy Infant Car Seat is the first car seat to offer these innovative features:

  • Smart Screen technology - The Smart Screen digital display helps consumers through a simple three-step installation process, and turns to a green smiley face when each step has been correctly completed.
  • Belt Tightening System - A one-handed Belt Tightening System firmly and simply fastens the base to the car, eliminating the frustrating need to use knee or seat pressure.
  • SafeGuard® 1Adjust - And the SafeGuard 1Adjust harness system adjusts automatically to baby's shoulder height every time for a safe, secure fit.

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About Summer Infant, Inc.
Based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the company is a designer, marketer and distributor of branded durable juvenile health, safety and wellness products for ages 0-3 years, which are sold principally to large U.S. retailers. The company sells proprietary products in a number of different categories, including nursery audio/video monitors, safety gates, bath products, bed rails, nursery products, booster and potty seats, infant bedding, bouncers, travel accessories, highchairs, swings and nursery furniture.

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