Originally Posted by alegna
I don't know of any seat on the market that will get an average child to 80lbs. Be aware that her seat will probably be outgrown by height before weight. She needs an inch of hard shell above her head and for the straps to come out ABOVE her shoulders.
If she's in a regent or frontier 85 she should probably fit for awhile longer, but I've not known any kid to make it to 80lbs harnessed still fitting properly.
Originally Posted by crunchycanadian
Actually the inch above the head is for rf, ff they need hard shell to the tips of their ears.
Some come close in a Frontier85 and a few in a Regent, but I agree that most seats with a harness capacity of 80# do not actually get most kids to 80#. What seat do you have, Got_Cloth?
I also need to add that it is not safeST to harness physically and developmentally typical kids to 80#. There is some nonconclusive evidence that harnessing is safer in certain crashes, and some nonconclusive evidence that boostering is safer in certain crashes. For children who can use boosters properly
(taking into account maturity and impulse control as well as age, size, and vehicle suitability), there is no evidence that harnessing is any safer than boostering.