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    Default I just ordered 2 Radian RXT seats!

    I'm so excited! I just ordered 2 Radian RXT car/booster seats for my kids! They are car seats with latch up to 80 lbs and boosters up to 120lbs! they were expensive but totally worth it because I would do anything to keep my kiddos with me as long as i can! I can't wait for them to get here!

    My husband is mad at me for wanting to buy these since we already had them in boosters with a seat belt but i was never comfortable with that and they should both really still be in the 5 pt harness. i just don't want to risk it, the thought makes me sick to my stomach.
    Gina & Rob 6/3/00

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    hi.

    Personally, I'd send them back and get a refund and buy something different. Radians aren't any more safe than any other seat out there.

    There's not a lot of point in spending money for a seat that you are not able to use all of its capabilities. The primary reason to have a Radian is to be able to rear face until around 4. Both your kids have exceeded that possibility, so you're best off purchasing a long-lasting combination seat and a high back booster.
    I would recommend a Frontier for your son. He can still be in a 5 point harness (which he should be, until he's 5-6 and mature enough to sit properly in a booster), and it'll turn into a great booster later. They're between $205 and $225 most of the time. If he needs anything down the road after that, it would only be a cheap backless booster.
    Assuming your daughter is neuro-typical, there's no reason an almost 7 year old can't be in a booster. She appears to be of average size from your signature pic, and old enough to be able to ride properly in a booster (with a high back). She's also likely to outgrow the Radian's harness pretty soon, and a Radian seat will never be the last seat you need, because the booster doesn't adjust. IMO, it's a waste of at least $200. There are no statistics to tell us that a five point is any less safe than a booster with a shoulder and lap belt for someone of appropriate age and typical development level.
    If you really like the Sunshine Kids/Diono line, they have a high back booster called the Monterey that you might like. Britax has a Parkway, a Graco Turbobooster, etc...

    Also a side note, I guess it could be interpreted in two different ways by the way you said it, but LATCH cannot be used in your car (unless it's a dedicated booster with LATCH) over a certain amount of weight (of your kid, not combination of car seat and kid). LATCH cannot be used as the method for installing your seat when your kiddo is 80 pounds, even though that's the max weight of the five point harness. The amount of weight should be in your car's manual, and is between 40 and 48 pounds, and then the seat must be installed with the seatbelt.
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    I'll jump in here. As a Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that children ride safest when in the back seat in a 5 point harness. I too have a high weight seat and plan to keep my child harnessed for years to come (he's 3).

    The previous poster is right about the LATCH though. Unless otherwise stated in your vehicle owner's manual, the common weight limit for the lower anchors is 40 pounds (child's weight, not combined weight of child and seat). The common weight limit for top tether is 48 pounds. If you tell me the year, make and model of your vehicle, I can look it up for you in the current LATCH manuel.

    High weight harness seats are expensive. It is common to put children in a booster at 30 to 40 pounds. That is acceptable. Not optimal but acceptable. Sure, you can go down to your local big box store and buy a booster for 15 bucks. If having your children harnessed is what you choose to do, more power to you! We'd all be safer in 5 point harnesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epiclesis View Post
    hi.

    Personally, I'd send them back and get a refund and buy something different. Radians aren't any more safe than any other seat out there.

    There's not a lot of point in spending money for a seat that you are not able to use all of its capabilities. The primary reason to have a Radian is to be able to rear face until around 4. Both your kids have exceeded that possibility, so you're best off purchasing a long-lasting combination seat and a high back booster.
    I would recommend a Frontier for your son. He can still be in a 5 point harness (which he should be, until he's 5-6 and mature enough to sit properly in a booster), and it'll turn into a great booster later. They're between $205 and $225 most of the time. If he needs anything down the road after that, it would only be a cheap backless booster.
    Assuming your daughter is neuro-typical, there's no reason an almost 7 year old can't be in a booster. She appears to be of average size from your signature pic, and old enough to be able to ride properly in a booster (with a high back). She's also likely to outgrow the Radian's harness pretty soon, and a Radian seat will never be the last seat you need, because the booster doesn't adjust. IMO, it's a waste of at least $200. There are no statistics to tell us that a five point is any less safe than a booster with a shoulder and lap belt for someone of appropriate age and typical development level.
    If you really like the Sunshine Kids/Diono line, they have a high back booster called the Monterey that you might like. Britax has a Parkway, a Graco Turbobooster, etc...

    Also a side note, I guess it could be interpreted in two different ways by the way you said it, but LATCH cannot be used in your car (unless it's a dedicated booster with LATCH) over a certain amount of weight (of your kid, not combination of car seat and kid). LATCH cannot be used as the method for installing your seat when your kiddo is 80 pounds, even though that's the max weight of the five point harness. The amount of weight should be in your car's manual, and is between 40 and 48 pounds, and then the seat must be installed with the seatbelt.
    These seats are actually pretty good... the RXT's are brand new and the LATCH can be used up to 80lbs and then the seat converts into a seatbelt booster up to 120lbs. I'm excited about them. I'm also excited because I'll be able to get 1 more when this baby is here and they will all fit in the back for sure.
    Gina & Rob 6/3/00

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiss_the_fiddler View Post
    I'll jump in here. As a Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that children ride safest when in the back seat in a 5 point harness. I too have a high weight seat and plan to keep my child harnessed for years to come (he's 3).

    The previous poster is right about the LATCH though. Unless otherwise stated in your vehicle owner's manual, the common weight limit for the lower anchors is 40 pounds (child's weight, not combined weight of child and seat). The common weight limit for top tether is 48 pounds. If you tell me the year, make and model of your vehicle, I can look it up for you in the current LATCH manuel.

    High weight harness seats are expensive. It is common to put children in a booster at 30 to 40 pounds. That is acceptable. Not optimal but acceptable. Sure, you can go down to your local big box store and buy a booster for 15 bucks. If having your children harnessed is what you choose to do, more power to you! We'd all be safer in 5 point harnesses.

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    I have a 2011 Kia Soul. I hope i can use the bottom LATCH cuz the advertisment said you can use it up to 80lbs front facing.
    Gina & Rob 6/3/00

    Proud Mom of Alyssa 11/19/04 and Logan 9/4/07





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