What Makes The Nuna RAVA Convertible Seat Safe?

Smiling baby in the Nuna RAVA car seat
Smiling baby in the Nuna RAVA car seat
You already know and love the Nuna RAVA for its modern look and attention to the finer details [double cup holders, buckle holders, and leatherette details for the win] – but you know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover or in this case – a car seat by how nice it will look in your vehicle. The right car seat for your family is one that fits your vehicle, your child, and your budget.

Travelling with little ones is always an adventure and you know that car seat safety is so important to us – so much so that in Episode 6 of the 40 Weeks to Forever podcast we spoke with Katherine Hutka, President of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada about all things Car Seat Safety & Protecting Your Precious Cargo. So, today we are going to talk about safety features found in this convertible car seat but the pretty images we’ve included of our “Night” Exclusive are just a bonus.

Anti-Rebound Bar

What is an anti-rebound bar? In short, it reduces rotation by helping stabilize the car seat in a collision. The included anti-rebound bar on this car seat will need to be used when the car seat is installed rear facing.

The Nuna RAVA’s anti-rebound bar is wrapped in a pretty leatherette, and can easily be removed when the time is right to move your child forward-facing. Once you remove the bar there are convenient buttons allowing you to close the gap where it once was.
Baby in Nuna RAVA Car Seat showing Anti-Rebound Bar
brown leatherette anti rebound bar on the Nuna RAVA

Laid Back Leg Room


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We know that it is safe and safest for a child to stay rear-facing for as long as they still fit their larger rear-facing seat."

- Katherine Hutka, President of CPSAC

We know that it is safe and safest for a child to stay rear-facing for as long as they still fit their larger rear-facing seat.
Katherine Hutka, President of CPSAC
We love that the Nuna RAVA offers rear-facing riders 2 inches of extra legroom when used in rear-facing mode which means they can stay rear-facing comfortably for longer. This feature also offers extra leg support for forward-facing riders, keeping them happier for longer. Hello, road trip!

^^ but like, don’t forget the iPad.

A steel frame + SIP

Side Impact Protection is also often referred to as “SIP” pods on either side of the seat. Depending on which side of the car you install the seat – you'll want the SIP pod out to take some of that force away from the seat. Of course, always refer to your manual for installation and use. Things you can't see? The RAVA is made with a steel frame and has energy-absorbing foam inside for extra protection.
Smiling Baby in Nuna RAVA Car Seat showing Side Impact Pods
baby sitting in Nuna RAVA car seat with Side Impact Protection Pods

Flame Resistant Fabrics

The Nuna RAVA does tick off many things on your list though including an aesthetic that parents can get behind, but did you know that the fabric on the Nuna RAVA car seats is flame resistant and contains no added fire-retardant chemicals?
3 views of baby sitting in Nuna RAVA car seat

Easy install

Nuna refers to their installation as “bubble-free, muscle-free and hassle-free", but what does this mean to first-time parents? Essentially, you won't get into a fight with your partner during the install – because it really is that easy. Though you KNOW we are still going to suggest you have a CPST help you to ensure you’ve done it correctly.

Last but not least, we love that the Nuna RAVA has an impressive weight limit and generally speaking fits nicely into most vehicles.

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs. and up to 49" tall 
  • Forward-facing 25-65 lbs. and up to 49" tall    

If you want to learn more about the Nuna RAVA and all of the features check out our full Product Review or you can go ahead and compare it to another popular car seat, the Britax Boulevard.
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