Web: babytrend.com

Price: Flex-Loc is $70 to $110. Extra bases $35. EZ Flex-Loc is $80-$140.

Type: Infant seat, five-point harness.

Limits: 5 to 30 lbs. and 30”. EZ-Flex Loc 32 works to 32 lbs.

NHTSA ease of use rating: Four out of Five stars

Pros: Top rated seat in crash test—back in 2007.

Cons: Carrier is quite heavy; hard to find in some stores—mostly sold as part of a travel system with an inferior stroller.

Comments: Baby Trend advertises this as a “top rated” infant car seat—we assume they are referring to a 2007 report from Consumer Reports that named the seat a “Best Buy.” But that was 2007 . . . in CR’s most recent report, the Flex Loc dropped to 16th out of 17 infant car seats. And we would agree: this seat is showing its age.

Yes, it features a four-position height adjustable base and EPS foam for head protection. Some models come with a boot for extra warmth.

But this seat hasn’t been updated in years. It appears to exist so Baby Trend can pair it with its poorly-rated (in our opinion) strollers for cheap travel systems. 

Confusingly, Baby Trend marketed two versions of this seat: Flex-Loc and EZ Flex-Loc. The only difference: the Flex-Loc has a height adjustable seat back with no rethread harness. The EZ version does not. Babies R Us has an exclusive on the EZ Flex-Loc 32 for $140.

Parent reviews for this seat are, at best, mixed. Fans like the narrow width of the base and the seat’s overall value—and if you have a Baby Trend stroller, it is compatible. Unfortunately for everyone else who doesn’t have a Baby Trend stroller, this infant car seat is a bust. Few stroller makers make adapters for this seat.

And more than one parent complained their infant quickly outgrew this seat, despite the stated 30 lb. limit. The weight of this seat is a major negative—tipping the scales at 9.4 lbs, it is quite heavy. More criticism: the handle release button can be hard to reach and stiff to release. And the strange triangle handle takes a bit of getting used to.

Finally, we should note that Baby Trend’s customer service, or lack thereof, is also disappointing. Unanswered emails, un-returned phone calls and a general “we don’t care” attitude mar Baby Trend’s brand.

Rating: D

Amazon Customer Reviews: Baby Trend Flex-Loc