Originally Posted by alegna
The new ones are a bit wider I think. On install- can you fit your current one at a newborn recline in the center row? I know I'm planning to put mine in the middle of my sienna to get a full recline. On the sides it hits the driver or passenger seat (and on my sienna touching isn't allowed :( not to mention I couldn't get a newborn recline with it touching.
We have the LX, so there's no center seat in the middle row. We'll have to install this in one of the captain's seats, probably behind the driver because I mostly drive (and I'm short), and because there aren't any restrictions on carseats touching the driver's seat (only the passenger seat has the airbag turn-off thingy). Obviously I'm going to have to try it out to see if I can make it work; I'm a bit worried, but trying to be optimistic. ds was (and is) super-tall and outgrew his first convertible (a cheapy) by height long before he hit the weight limit; dd is much shorter (and lighter), but obviously I don't know yet which category this baby will fall into. I've heard troubling things about the height limits on the new Britax, which is one reason I'm focusing on the Radians.
I'm also not entirely clear (though haven't researched this fully) on why it's forbidden to have a RFing seat touching the back of the passenger seat in these newer minivans. I realize that this interferes with the airbag shutoff mechanism (potentially meaning that the airbag would be turned "on" when the seat is empty, though it's hard to see how something just touching the back of the seat could register as the equivalent of 65lbs' worth of passenger), but would this really be a problem for a RFing child in a seat behind the passenger seat? Would an airbag deploying in the (empty) front seat affect the RFing carseat behind it? (I'm seriously asking--I don't know.)
Would still like to hear more about why it wouldn't be appropriate (rather than just, say, less comfortable) to use a Radian without an infant insert. They don't sell them separately, and obviously I wouldn't use an after-market device, so it's a bit puzzling as to why they would sell (and many people, including folks on here, would buy and celebrate) the models that don't have them.