Have you seen TV commercials for SeatPets, the stuffed animal seat belt covers for children? Today we'll offer our review and seek consumer reviews as well.
SeatPets are covers which slip over conventional seat belts to provide children with extra comfort in the car. They can also act as a pillow and travel bag, with several compartments for storage of small items. They are available in a variety of characters and colors: Love Bug the Ladybug (black/red), Bentley the Dog (brown), Lincoln the Lion (orange/yellow), Mercedes the Cat (pink), Malibu the Monkey (purple), Yukon the Cow (black/white), and Edsel the Monster (green/purple). SeatPets are machine washable.
The official website is seatpets.com, which was registered on May 13, 2010. Another website, seatpetfun.com, appears to be used primarily for affiliate marketers.
SeatPets cost $19.99 plus $8 P&H, for a total of $27.99. Once you’ve added one to your online shopping card, you can then buy additional SeatPets for $17.99 each.
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee. A backpack strap is included for free with each order.
Our SeatPets Review
We found the SeatPet to be well-made and felt in person as it appeared in the commercial. The large head on the stuffed animal at times seemed to get in the way if the child wasn’t using it as a pillow. The It should be noted that SeatPets are not designed for 5-point car seats, but for children who use a regular seat belt in a booster seat, meaning that it is probably geared more toward the 4 to 8-year old range.
You can find similar products on Amazon for about $10 – $15.
Perhaps the most important question regarding SeatPets is that of safety. It is unknown whether or not SeatPets were crash tested, and therefore it isn’t known if they affect safety, perhaps by re-routing the belt or obstructing it. Most car seat manufacturers recommend against the use of aftermarket products which affect seat belts. See a complete list of manufacturer statements here.
The Canadian government also “recommends that caution be used if selecting aftermarket products, due to their potential hazards. In no case should any product be used that interferes with the proper positioning and adjustment of a child restraint harness or other safety features of a car seat.”
In our research of the product, we found a wealth of “review” sites which were clearly fake, offering nothing but glowing endorsements and affiliate click-through links to purchase the product. Oddly, many of these sites all popped up around the same time in late 2012. In their flimsy attempt at appearing objective, we saw several of these sites listing “cons” such as “children will want all the colors!”
The primary complaint we’ve heard about this product is in regards to slow shipping. Despite the website stating it can take 4 weeks to arrive, we’ve talked to some consumers who waited more than double that time.
SeatPets may be satisfactory to parents, but for those with safety concerns it may be better used as a stuffed animal or travel bag than a seat belt cover – which defeats its primary purpose and may not warrant the cost and shipping time.
Have you used SeatPets? Let us hear from you in the comments below.
Below is a SeatPets commercial that has been airing recently:
For additional safety information, here is a good article from the Canadian government on the use of third-party aftermarket products such as this: