At Orbit Baby, there is no room for compromise when it comes to strength and durability. Because we design our car seats and stroller to be as safe as possible, all Orbit parts and mechanical systems are made with high-quality, state-of-the-art materials.
The SmartHub™ rotational interface is used on Orbit Baby's car seat bases, strollers, and rockers, and is integral to the way Orbit Baby seats dock, lock, and rotate. For the ring on the car seat base, we cold-forge the material in a high-pressure hydraulic press to form the SmartHub shape. Rockers and strollers have a SmartHub ring made of a bulletproof polymer that is weather-proof and maximizes strength and light weight.
Orbit Baby strollers have tubing made of aerospace-grade 6061-T6 aluminum. The triangular shape is custom drawn through a forging die into tubes for a more durable structure. For safety, we anneal these tubes to remove crystalline defects and soften them to the proper working state so as not to induce internal stresses in bending. After bending and shaping, the tubes are then taken through a long and gradual heat treatment to harden them again.
For the security of your Orbit Baby seats when docked on the SmartHub™, the safety latches on the bottom of each car seat are made of extremely high-strength materials. The steel and matrix-reinforced latches are made of Nylon 6, a polymer that is higher-grade than the commodity plastics used in most baby gear. The cast aluminum latches, used on our Toddler Car Seat, are made of an alloy heat-treated to achieve the strength and durability required to protect children up to 50 lbs.
The self-tightening mechanism of our Car Seat Base:
The StrongArm™ driveshaft mechanism allows you to securely install the an Orbit Baby car seat base into your car by just turning a knob. Because the integrity of this component ensures a safe car seat installation, we start with 6061 aerospace grade aluminum that has been taken to a T6 temper. Then, in a costly and precise computer-controlled process, we machine these solid blocks into the StrongArm shape.
The StrongArm™ used in Orbit Baby car seat bases is a full metal chassis custom made of extruded 6061-T6 aerospace-grade aluminum. To maintain the integrity of the structure and minimize joints between separate parts, an extremely large press had to be sourced in order to achieve the size and strength of the chassis components.
Most car seats are lined with EPS (Expanded PolyStyrene), commonly called "Styrofoam," for impact absorption. You many know EPS from disposable household items, as it is a cheaper commodity foam. Orbit Baby car seats are lined instead with EPP (Expanded PolyPropylene), which is a higher-grade engineering foam costing four times as much as EPS. Just pressing on the different types of foam with your hand will convince you of the dramatic difference in cushioning.
Certified clean for your baby:
Through Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, Orbit Baby is committed to fabrics that are hypoallergenic and safe for both your child and the environment. Most inner upholstery fabric of all Orbit seats is certified by the International Oeko-Tex® Association, a Europe-based institution founded to guarantee "confidence in textiles." Click here to read more about Orbit Baby's efforts in fabric safety.
Car seats made with baby-safe upholstery:
As required by state and federal safety standards (NHTSA FMVSS 302 and California TB 117), all car seats must meet stringent flame retardancy standards. Many manufacturers meet these requirements by treating their fabrics with toxic brominated and chlorinated chemicals, like PBBs and PBDEs, that can be harmful to children. In contrast, Orbit meets all flame retardancy standards without these potentially harmful chemicals.
Protecting your child from the elements:
It is especially important to shield developing infants and children from harmful UV rays. That's why Orbit Baby provides fully-integrated, complete-cover sun protection with the sunshade and sunshade extension, the Paparazzi Shield™, of our Infant Car Seats and Bassinets. We are also the only company to provide such extensive sun protection on seats for toddlers. All of our sunshades block nearly 100 percent UVA and UVB rays.
The first PVC-free stroller/car seat rain shield:
PVC and associated phthalates are harmful to both the environment and our children. Orbit Baby is proud to offer our customers the world's first PVC-free rain shields for our Infant Car Seat, Bassinet, and Toddler Stroller Seat. With this PVC-free, phthalate-free, and chlorine-free polymer, we can deliver a transparent rain shield solution without the fumes, chemicals, stickiness, and that "shower-curtain smell" associated with PVC.
Like luxury car interiors, the hard outer surfaces of Orbit products are covered with a high-grade, soft-touch material. This soft finish offers a more comfortable surface than the hard plastic edges and corners of most other baby gear. The foam layer on our Base, Infant Car Seat, Toddler Car Seat and Bassinet is heat-molded to the shell, then laminated with a smooth touch outer skin for a luxury finish.
In the folding mechanism of our Stroller, Orbit has implemented the world's first stroller application of German-made igus® rod ends. igus® spherical bearings are much preferred over the metal components usually used in this application because they are 80% lighter and highly resistant to corrosion, weak acids, and alkalis. This means that the Stroller's folding mechanism can withstand heavy weather and repeated usage without becoming strained, rusted, or weak.
All Orbit seats are protected on exterior surfaces with a smooth touch fabric skin. Unlike the outer fabrics on most car seats and stroller seats that are thin and flimsy, this material is often used on premium luggage as it is abrasion-resistant and durable.