The body of UnbuckleMe is made from a lightweight plastic material. The top handle is covered with a softer, “grippy” material to provide greater comfort and stability. All materials are BPA free and tested to withstand very high/low temperatures.
As far as we know, yes. UnbuckleMe has been tested across a range of car seats and push-button buckle shapes, including Graco, Chicco, Britax, Clek, UPPAbaby, Nuna, Recaro, Diono, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco, Evenflo, and many others. It was not designed to work on buttons that do not require a single-button push from the front (e.g., slide action buckles).
It is important that UnbuckleMe is readily accessible to use when you need it, but also remains out of reach of children when not in use. We recommend storing in the side-door or seat-back pocket of your car, although many customers prefer to attach to a keychain, or drop in a purse or diaper bag.
No, this is not recommended. Car seat manufacturers and Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) prohibit any after-market items to be attached to the car seat, and doing so may cause safety risks or void your car seat warranty. UnbuckleMe was designed to be used under adult supervision, and should remain out of reach of children when not in use.
Yes. Barbara originally invented UnbuckleMe to be used without the use of thumbs. However, because of the leverage advantage created by the design of UnbuckleMe, she is able to use the “pinch” method with her arthritic thumb (adding a little pressure with her other thumb) and release the buckle without any pain. This is now her preferred method, but we encourage you to explore what method works best for you.
Yes! Children 4+ yrs old children usually have the dexterity to use this product to unbuckle themselves (or their siblings), under adult supervision. It is still recommended to store UnbuckleMe out of reach of children when not in use.
Possibly. UnbuckleMe has been tested on a range of push-button high chairs and strollers and works well. However, these buttons are far less standardized and vary by manufacturer, so we have not been able to test them all.
In the USA. UnbuckleMe was designed in Houston, Texas and is manufactured in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Yes, UnbuckleMe is patented in the US with utility and design patents #10,213,910, #10,500,702 and D841416S. Additional patents are pending.