Originally Posted by lovemyryguy
Right. I don't know how the Radians work, but the Britax bottom only has two positions. One for RFing and then it clicks into place in a more upright position for FFing. So, I'm assuming by what I hear that the Radian is similar. You can't just make it more upright, that makes it not installed properly, correct?
The Radian is similar, in that it needs the RF boot on to RF (like the Britax needs to be in recline mode to RF), and it can't use the RF boot for FF.
BUT, any seat, including the Radian and Britax, can absolutely be safely installed at a more upright angle. Of course, you do need to use the boot/have it in RF recline mode. But, if you push on the area where baby's feet go when you are tightening the seat belt or LATCH, you can get the seat to tilt up more. Only young infants need to be at the full 45* angle (like what you'd have if you made that line level with the ground on a Britax seat). Older babies and toddlers can be as upright as 30* in a Britax or Radian.
It's super easy to get a Britax to install more upright this way in almost any car. It is not always easy to get a Radian more upright because of how the boot is shaped. I can get it at a 30* angle in our Corolla, which has squishy seats to press it down into, but only as upright as 40* in my CR-V. You'll have to try one out in your car to see how easy or difficult it is.
Also, check out Car-Seat.Org. Search for the "Successful Radian Install Thread," from which you can do another search for your make/model of car. Hundreds of people have written in about how the Radian installs in their car. I'm sure someone must have tried it in an Explorer.