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post #21 of 30
We have the Evenflo Triumph for all our kids and we are happy with it. I kept Gabe rear facing for 18 months and 28 lbs. I plan on keeping the twins rear facing at least that long. I wish I would have known about the twins discount at BRU! Why didn't they tell us when we were buying them? :
post #22 of 30
Here's a link of ratings of all different types of convertibles. If you look, you'll see the Cosco Scenera scored a little higher than some Britax models in different areas. Hope this helps in your quest!

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CPS/CSSRating/Index.cfm
post #23 of 30
I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with the Cosco seat. In fact we have one for an extra seat for the grandparents car. However it is only good to 40 lbs which you would then need to buy another seat because most kids at 40lbs are not ready for a booster. Each person needs to decide what is the best seat for them for the price. For me that is the Britax, I'm anal about carseat safety and keeping my kids harnessed as long as possible is most important to me not price. Most Britax (in my experience) are very easy to install and chances of installing them wrong are low. When we took our seats for the inspection we did the Britax correctly and the Cosco we had to fix. Not a big deal but it seemed to me that would mean the Britax was easier to install. Every carseat on the market has to pass the US standards so they are all safe. However more money buys extras that make the seat easier to use (for both mom and dad and the kids). I will say I do like the Cosco seat although my son does not. He screams and yells and cries the whole time in the seat because its hard he says.
post #24 of 30
I had NO IDEA that Fisher Price was coming out w/ cheaper britax products!!! I searched and found some for sale on babyuniverse. This is new since Jan, when I was searching for seats. Anyway, I'm excited to have another option!
post #25 of 30
Thoughts, not all of Europe has ffing standards at 9 mos, but that is actually a popular stance for most of the world. Those countries require top tethering though which helps w/ neck injuries for ffing children. Like someone else mentioned, they cannot have chest clips on their seats. Sure, some kids will be able to get out of the straps, but that happens all the time here w/ kids w/ chest clips. I saw it the other day w/ a little boy (3) in an Marathon.

The Cosco Scenera is a great seat, it lasts a lot longer than some of your more expensive seats IMO (Comfortsport or Triumph). He was in it rfing till 34# and the top slots are even w/ his shoulders now so he could technically use it for a little while longer, but it's Evan's seat now in DH's car. CS and Triumph only go to 30# rfing and I'm not sure how anyone would make it that long b/c they have such low backs.

Yes, the Britax seats are great, but w/ twins, I can understand how it wouldn't be a reality. Britax isn't the be all, end all of seats, but yes, I agree, you'll get lots of use from them. There are 2 other higher limit options I'd mention though. Fisher Price has the new Safe Voyage DLX for $180 that harnesses till 55# and has the same harness slots as the Britax seats. There's also the Sunshine Kids Radian for $180 (we have this one) that harnesses till 65# and seems to have slightly higher slots than the Britax one. It can also tether rfing, which the FP seat can't do. You have to oder this one online, unlike the FP ones which you can get at Baby Depot if you have one. AJ isn't quite 3 and already on the top slots of his seat b/c he's so long torsoed, he's been through several seats already and we should've just bought an expensive one to begin w/.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by RachelEve14
OK, I don't know where the European standards are, but I live in Israel and our imports are all European. Did you know that NONE of them (Britax included) have chest clips (excpet the US imports). My neighbor's dd could get herself out of the britax at around 16 months because it was impossible to pull the straps tight enough and she could wiggle her shoulder out. So she would be sitting in the carseat in essentially a lap belt. Tighteing the seat didn't help. Did you know the European (at least Brittish, I can't read other languages) Britax tell you to FF from 9 months? That is standard there. Sorry but I don't see them as safer.

I know that in Sweden children RF to 4-5 years. I believe children RF quite long in several other countries as well (Germany maybe?), but I could be wrong.
As for chest clips, like another poster said, they are against regulations is most (if not all) European countries because seats there need to have a one point release for some safety reasons (I honestly don't know if this is safer or not.), while in the US the chest clip is used to help keep straps positioned correctly BEFORE a crash, and offer no extra protection during the crash.

~Kelsie
post #27 of 30
how can a chest clip not provide any safety during a crash? if there weren't a clip, the child would just go flying forward! I just don't get this thinking at all. But then again, I'm no expert, it just doesn't make sense to me....
post #28 of 30
No, the straps are what keeps the child from flying forward in a crash. That's why it is so important for the staps to be tight enough (and at the right height). The chest clip keeps the staps in the correct position to do the best job of restraining the child. Because of this, some car seat safety experts think that chest clips do more harm than good by giving parents a false sence of security. They speculate that if we didn't have chest clips parents would pay more attention to makeing sure the straps are tight and correctly positioned.

~Kelsie
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by thepeach80
Yes, the Britax seats are great, but w/ twins, I can understand how it wouldn't be a reality. Britax isn't the be all, end all of seats, but yes, I agree, you'll get lots of use from them. There are 2 other higher limit options I'd mention though. Fisher Price has the new Safe Voyage DLX for $180 that harnesses till 55# and has the same harness slots as the Britax seats. There's also the Sunshine Kids Radian for $180 (we have this one) that harnesses till 65# and seems to have slightly higher slots than the Britax one. It can also tether rfing, which the FP seat can't do. You have to oder this one online, unlike the FP ones which you can get at Baby Depot if you have one. AJ isn't quite 3 and already on the top slots of his seat b/c he's so long torsoed, he's been through several seats already and we should've just bought an expensive one to begin w/.
That's why I bought the Marathon for my youngest, at almost four, he still has a few inches of torso growth room in it, and I love not having to worry about the 40lbs mark. My oldest son outgrew his convertible at 3 because he was too tall(but only 30lbs). I ended up with a Century Breverra Contour, and for anyone who hasn't taken the CPS tech course, that seat was a PITA to install. I had to stand on the seat part of the carseat, brace my back against the roof of the car, and then buckle the seatbelt. I had an instructor laugh at me when she saw me doing the same thing in another vehicle with the Contour, but hey, it worked!
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by nancymom
We have the Evenflo Triumph for all our kids and we are happy with it. I kept Gabe rear facing for 18 months and 28 lbs. I plan on keeping the twins rear facing at least that long. I wish I would have known about the twins discount at BRU! Why didn't they tell us when we were buying them? :
We also have the Evenflo (the cheaper one, they were $54 each we had to buy 3). My girls were RF until 2, and I only turned them at that point because their seats won't fit RF in the third row and my parents were coming and I needed the girls in the back. If I had a bigger kid I could see the Britax working out cheaper, but it's just not the case here. My girls were in their graco buckets until over 1. My almost 10 month old is still on the lower straps. My twins at 26 months weigh around 20 lbs each and they were something like 31 inches the last time we checked. I am sure they will be able to sit in their Evenflos until they no longer need a carseat. When I move my single to the Evenflo I will put her RF and she will stay that way until 33lbs or she is too long. The only reason I didn't move my twins back RF is it is a really tight squeeze with 3 seats in the same row. I also don't go on many trips longer than 10 minutes, and only travel further than 30 minutes a few times a year, so I didn't need all the padding. Spending $172 (including tax) instead of $700 is a BIG difference.
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