Graco Latch Installation Extend2Fit Car Seat

Last updated: September 8, 2021

Graco Latch Installation Extend2Fit Car Seat

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We looked at the top Car Seats and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Car Seat you should buy.

Overall Take

This car seat is optimized to keep your child in a safe, rear-facing position for a long time. Rated for up to 50 pounds rear-facing and 65 pounds forward-facing, this convertible seat features a 10-increment adjustable headrest for your growing child.

In our analysis of 33 expert reviews, the Graco Latch Installation Extend2Fit Car Seat placed 1st when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Convertible car seat grows with your child from rear-facing harness (4-50lbs) to forward-facing harness (22-65 pounds). Made of Steel reinforced | Product dimensions – 20.75” D x 19” W x 24.5” H | Product weight – 19.25 lbs. Up to 50 pounds rear facing, allowing your child to safely ride rear-facing longer.Do not use bleach. Graco ProtectPlus Engineered | Simply Safe Adjust no-rethread headrest and harness adjust together. Extend2Fit 4-position adjustable extension panel provides up to 5″ additional legroom, allowing your child to safely ride rear facing longer. Safely ride rear-facing longer! The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat grows with your child from rear-facing harness (4-50 lb) to forward-facing harness (22-65 lb). It features a 4-position extension panel that provides up to 5” of extra rear-facing legroom, allowing your child to safely ride rear-facing longer. Children are safer riding rear-facing and should ride rear-facing as long as possible, until they reach the maximum rear-facing height or weight rating for their car seat. With Extend2Fit, the adjustable extension panel and 50 lb rear-facing weight limit allow the seat to grow with your child in rear-facing mode, providing extended rear-facing use. The seat features the No-Rethread Simply Safe Adjust Harness System, which allows you to adjust the height of the headrest and harness in one motion, and InRight LATCH for a one-second LATCH attachment. Harnessing is made easier with fuss-free harness storage pockets that conveniently hold the harness out of the way while you get baby in and out of the car seat. This car seat is Graco ProtectPlus Engineered to help protect in frontal, side, rear, and rollover crashes.

Expert Reviews

What experts liked

First and foremost, it supports rear-facing all the way up to 50 pounds and has a really large overall weight range, going all the way down to 4 pounds (making it a great option for preemies), and up to 65 pounds. It also has a sturdy steel-reinforced frame, a no-rethread harness, adjustable recline and headrest height, hefty side impact protection, EPS energy-absorbing foam, superior crash test performance, two cup holders, and the easy to use EZ-Tight LATCH system.
Best crash test results, rear-facing till 50 lbs, price.
Included with this seat are Fuss Free Harness Storage Pockets, 2 crotch strap positions, a steel reinforced frame, InRight LATCH system, two cup holders, and a machine washable cover. The Simply Safe Adjust harness moves the harness and headrest height in one motion; no rethreading of straps is required. It also has a fantastic steel frame that feels sturdy but is still comfortable. As far as safety goes, the performance is excellent, as parents have reported from real-life crash experiences.
An extendable footrest panel makes this a perfect fit for parents wanting to use their car seat in the rear-facing position as long as possible.
At 22 pounds, the Graco seat is lighter than the Britax’s 28.4 pounds, which means the Graco is slightly easier to move around. It also has a much higher rear-facing weight limit than the Britax Marathon ClickTight—50 pounds versus 40—meaning you can keep an older kid in a rear-facing position for considerably longer in this seat if that’s what you choose. And, unlike the Britax, the Graco seat has not just one but two built-in cupholders.
50 lbs. rear-facing weight limit—a leader for Graco’s convertible line! 4-position leg extension for rear-facing comfort. 10-position headrest with no re-thread harness. Harness Storage pockets on both sides of seat for storing buckle tongs out of the way. 2 crotch strap/buckle positions. Replaceable harness. 6-position recline. Steel-reinforced frame. Push-on LATCH connectors. Easy install in both rear-facing and forward-facing positions. Two cup holders. Machine-washable cover. FAA-approved for use on aircraft. 10 yr lifespan before seat expires.
Includes LATCH. Adjustable headrest. Machine-washable cover.
Impressive crash test results in real-life crash settings. 6-recline positions and 10-headrest positions. Rear-facing position for children weighing up to 50lbs. Built-in installation features to ensure an easy and secure fit.

What experts didn't like

Not the best quality, harder belt installation.
The Extend2Fit is wider than some seats making it a bit bulky. If you need to fit three children in the back seat, this might not be the best choice. Also, the fit is great for toddlers but probably won't be snug enough for preemies or newborns under 7 pounds. The seat cover can be hard to remove and replace for cleaning as well. Some parents had trouble getting the harness straps tight while others found seat belt installation in rear-facing mode to be quite difficult.
Harness release button is awkwardly positioned.
It’s not nearly as easy to install as the Britax ClickTight system, but our testers were able to achieve a sufficiently tight installation without too much difficulty.
Lacks a lockoff device for installations with seat belt. Seat takes up more space rear-facing when the legrest panel is extended. Tightening the harness takes some effort and is not as smooth and easy most other Graco convertibles. Harness strap covers cannot be used when child is forward-facing. Recline position #4 is required when the seat is installed forward-facing for a child weighing less than 40 lbs. Cover difficult to remove and reattach in front.
Challenging rear-facing installation via seat belt. Parents have noted difficulties with the square shaped cup holders. Harness and straps may be a struggle to tighten.


Choosing the correct car seat is one of the most crucial decisions a parent can make for their child. A good car seat should support the fragile parts of your child’s body. It should also have soft materials on the surfaces the child will be touching to ensure comfort during car rides.

There are three general types of car seats: rear-facing seats for younger children, forward-facing seats and booster seats for older children. Some car seats are convertible and can switch between rear- and forward-facing. There are also all-in-one models that can also be booster seats.

Rear-facing seats cradle and support the fragile spinal columns of newborns and infants throughout a ride and in the event of a crash. A rear-facing configuration is the safest for all children until they outgrow the car seat’s rear-facing size and weight ratings.

Besides configuration, two other important considerations you should have in mind when choosing a car seat are ease of use and whether the car seat fits your vehicle. You should be able to install your car seat correctly every time, without any uncertainty.

Buying Advice

  • Test out your car seat in your vehicle before buying it, or make sure you can return it if it doesn’t work to your liking.
  • The configuration of your car may not accommodate some car seats, so do a little research before buying.
  • Keep in mind where in the car the car seat will be so you can ensure it is cleaned regularly.
  • As your child gets older, let them participate in the shopping process by letting them pick colors and patterns on your next model of car seat. This will give them a closer connection to the seat.