Clek may well be the the rock-star of carseat companies, but they are also down-to-earth and dedicated to creating the safest and most comfortable seats on the market. A TLB sponsor since this past Fall, they are offering us a chance to get to know them a bit better through a brief interview with the founders of Clek, and they are offering The Leaky Boob community a chance to win three of their industry-redefining carseats in a 3 week giveaway. Thank you, Clek, for your support of TLB and our effort to normalize breastfeeding! First, an introduction as to who they are and what they do:
Husband and wife team, Chris and Jenny Lumley of Toronto, Canada are in the midst of changing the child passenger seating industry with the introduction of Clek’s new convertible car seat, Foonf. Aptly named as a play on the word “five” in German, Foonf contains an active safety technology that is in the same cars we drive and therefore reduces the forces on your forward-facing child in the event of a collision, and they have and share the test results to prove it. Parents to two young kids who use their seats, they wanted to create a series of products that are easy to use, best-in-class in safety, AND stylish.
TLB: What should The Leaky Boob readers know about clek?
Chris: A few unique facts about Clek are that:
- We are a Canadian company, owned and operated by a husband and wife team, who use the products for their own children.
- We have a North American manufacturing base (Foonf is manufactured in Canada).
- All of our employees are owners in the company.
- We have a recycling program for all of our products.
- We make kick-ass child seats.
TLB: How did clek get started, what was the inspiration behind the venture and what’s the significance of the name?
Jenny: Chris, Clek’s founder, started Clek as part of one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. In 2010, we took our life savings (borrowed the difference) and bought Clek outright.
The inspiration for our products come from the company’s automotive history and through our experience as parents.
Chris: Clek seats are designed to look and feel just like the seats in your car that you sit in. They’re engineered with the most advanced safety features in the industry to provide optimal safety performance – our kids ride in our seats too. And, they are designed with convenience to make parents’ lives easier, like easy installation, 3 across seating, Crypton® Super Fabrics, etc.
We were inspired by a kindergarten student, who, when asked what sound the seat made when the signature rigid LATCH locked into place, replied “Clek”! It stuck with us.
TLB: What makes Clek seats distinctive?
Chris: They look and feel like a miniature version of the seat in your car. The uber-convenient rigid LATCH installation is unique to the North American market, as is their advanced safety systems, which boasts a unique mix of European child seat safety systems and automotive safety systems.
TLB: Every parent wants to keep their child as safe as possible, what is the most common mistake parents make with child safety seats and how can they correct it?
Jenny: Installation is hands-down the most common mistake. Well in excess of 80% of car seats are improperly used. Like anything, it won’t work properly if you don’t use it properly.
Chris: Read and follow the instruction manual or visit with your local child passenger safety technician to have your seat installed (but remember to learn from them how to install it, so that you can repeat the process when your seat needs to be re-installed in the future).
Chris and Jenny are giving away 3 different color Foonfs to 3 lucky Leakies in three consecutive giveaways.
(One Foonf given away per week for the next three weeks. Make sure you enter every week!)
The Foonf is a convertible car seat with top of the line technology and very appealing design, making sure that your child is both safe and comfortable.
Week 1: The black on black version in Drift which is not in Crypton fabric and does not have the integrated magnets.
Week 2: The Blue Moon which is in Crypton and does have magnets
Week 3: The Snowberry, which is like Bluemoon.
Currently Leakies can find these and additional colors at the ShopClek website at http://shop.clekinc.com.
For a personal review of the Foonf by Jessica (the woman behind TLB), click on this link.
ADDITIONALLY, during the 3 week giveaway period (April 4 – April 30) enter coupon code LuckyLeaky2013 for 20% off all Clek merchandise. This code is only good in the US at http://shop.clekinc.com , and in Canada at http://shop.clekinc.ca
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered. The giveaway is open from April 11, 2013 through April 18, 2013. A big thanks to Chris and Jenny at Clek for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter (@Clek on Twitter) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway open to US and Canadian residents.
Our first giveaway ended at midnight on April 10th, and the winner is: Jenny Walker! Enter for our second Clek giveaway below!