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post #101 of 128
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Crap. I reread the manual this morning and you're right. LATCH cannot be used after 48, but the tether must be used after 50 lbs. I have a large number of expletives I'd like to insert here. There are now officially NO SEATS that I can use for my 6 year old. NONE. He's already at the top strap level for the Radian, and will outgrow it in probably 6 months or so. The Regent requires tethering, which we do NOT have in the van and cannot afford to have put in. The Apex requires headrests, which the van seat does not have. I can't believe how totally ridiculous this is. All I want to do is safely secure my oldest child in an appropriate carseat. I feel like no matter what I do, there's no solution to this.
AHHH!I don't have a tether system either.I can't stand this.My daughter is only 2.It should be easier than this for me to get her a seat.I know she's big but she's not some freak of nature.There should be some options out there.
post #102 of 128
*scratch* I took James' Blvd to a carseat check-up in our town not too long ago and the tech said I was the first person all day that had their seat installed correctly...heck he asked what my secret was because he's rarely able to get them as tight at mine was (I sit in it while I pull the seatbelt).

If I have to take the car seat out it takes me all of 3 minutes to install it (and most of that difficulty rests in the fact that I'm 23 weeks pregnant. LOL)

Oh, and when Aldria outgrows the infant seat, we're kicking poor James out of his Blvd and Marathon (Aldria will need them) and getting James a Regent...I grabbed it off the shelf in BRU yesterday (day before?) and it fit in my mini-van just fine.
post #103 of 128
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Originally Posted by bdavis337 View Post
Crap. I reread the manual this morning and you're right. LATCH cannot be used after 48, but the tether must be used after 50 lbs. I have a large number of expletives I'd like to insert here. There are now officially NO SEATS that I can use for my 6 year old. NONE. He's already at the top strap level for the Radian, and will outgrow it in probably 6 months or so. The Regent requires tethering, which we do NOT have in the van and cannot afford to have put in. The Apex requires headrests, which the van seat does not have. I can't believe how totally ridiculous this is. All I want to do is safely secure my oldest child in an appropriate carseat. I feel like no matter what I do, there's no solution to this.
What van do you have -- a lot of companies will install one tether anchor for free. I can ask someone more in the know to look up if there's a service alert for your car.
post #104 of 128
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Oh and we have a Saturn Sedan (LS series, year 2000) and fit both the regent and a marathon back there with about a foot inbetween them. Luckily, we only have 2 kids lol. But my car doors shut just fine
I have a husky, now the regent and a marathon in a saturn ion. Both are outboard and installed correctly. They both are wonderful seats that fit very well in my small car. I've seen the husky/regent in civics and corollas too.
post #105 of 128
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And of course the Recaro Signo! The new Signo is a great convertible. However, it costs 260-280, and only has 19 inch top straps and a 70 lb weight limit, and the Regent has 21 inch top straps and an 80 lb weight limit, for 270 dollars.

I too am THRILLED more HWH seats are available, but you still can't get more inches and weight with anyone but a Regent.
I know there are no bigger FF seats than the regent, but the point is not everybody needs that height. It seems to me many kids will fit in these new seats until around 6, and because they RF and FF you really don't need anything besides a simple booster after that. No need to buy a first seat and then a regent, one seat will do the job of both. Yes, if you have a very tall child or want to harness them until 8 - 10 you will probably need a regent, but how many people are in that situation. I'm glad there are more seats out there parents can buy for their infants and use for 6 years, instead of 2,3, or 4.
post #106 of 128
yes, those without tether anchors call around to your local dealers. Many will put them in for free or very low cost.
post #107 of 128
My son IS 6, but he only weighs 45 lbs, and he's just 44" tall. He WILL need a harnessed seat until he's probably 8 years old, as a booster just doesn't work properly for him, he's too skinny and short. Age doesn't have anything to do with how the seat fits the child.

A harness seat really is the only safe option for him in OUR vehicle. He sits much better in my mother's car, but that's b/s her seats are flat and not "angled" towards the middle of the car. Her seatbelts also lock differently than ours. This is the crux of my frustration. He's NOT safely buckled in his booster in our van, yet I can't find a single appropriate solution to harness him. I *could* buy a Radian, but the top slots are only 1 inch from his shoulders, if that. The Radian is super narrow, the straps dug into his neck b/c they are spaced so closely together and he said the seat was small and uncomfortable.
post #108 of 128
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What van do you have -- a lot of companies will install one tether anchor for free. I can ask someone more in the know to look up if there's a service alert for your car.
I have a 2002 Chevy Astro. I do see one lone tether anchor thing in the back, in the very center. Unfortunately, I need to put TWO seats on the back seat of the van, and the tether anchor is only in the middle.......
post #109 of 128
Anyone know if a '96 Chevy Blazer can be fitted with a tether anchor?

Jenn
post #110 of 128
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Anyone know if a '96 Chevy Blazer can be fitted with a tether anchor?

Jenn
Contact one or two of the local Chevy/GM dealerships in your area and ask for the parts dept. They should be able to look it up and let you know how much the retrofit kit is. Be aware that GM is notorious for charging $ 200.00 and up to retrofit top tethers. However, still call and see what they say. You may be able to order just the kit and install it yourself. Those kits have install directions with them.

DC
post #111 of 128
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Originally Posted by rere View Post
I read all these carseat threads and my head spins.So I'll add another thread to the pile.

Will you tell me what seat you would buy for my toddler.She is 2.5 and pushing 40lbs and 3 ft.I don't really have money to spend but I need a new seat for her.Considering her large size what seat would you get?

Thanks for any help!So many of you mamas seem to have such a better handle on this car seat biz.It just makes me dizzy.
I have not read through this entire thread, but I am certain you have gotten some good suggestions. My advice to you is to try each of the suggested CRS in your car and with your child and then when you believe you have chosen the best seat for your vehicle (s) and child, have the installation checked. You may find a CPS professional here: www.seatcheck.org. Internet advice is one thing. An in person test and check for solid installation is quite another.

DC
post #112 of 128
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I have not read through this entire thread, but I am certain you have gotten some good suggestions. My advice to you is to try each of the suggested CRS in your car and with your child and then when you believe you have chosen the best seat for your vehicle (s) and child, have the installation checked. You may find a CPS professional here: www.seatcheck.org. Internet advice is one thing. An in person test and check for solid installation is quite another.

DC
Thanks for the advice.

Unfortunately it seems with my child's size and the lack of a tether the only option I have is the Radian which sadly I don't think will last her until she's ready for a booster.
post #113 of 128
Well, if she's 40lbs now but still fits in the Alpha-Omega by height, it seems like almost any high weight seat would work for a long time- she's likely to slow way down on weight gain at this point- the Regent will harness to 50lbs without a tether, the marathon/boulevard will harness to 65lbs without tether, the Radian to 65lbs, too, and even the new Evenflo Triumph that harnesses to 50lbs should last her quite a while.

Also, I don't think you've said what year/model/make of car you have- it may have a tether anchor you don't know about (more common than you think!), or it may be easy to retrofit a tether (or, of course, it may not).
post #114 of 128
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[quote=Eris;8576678

Also, I don't think you've said what year/model/make of car you have- it may have a tether anchor you don't know about (more common than you think!), or it may be easy to retrofit a tether (or, of course, it may not).[/quote]


Where would the tether be?I took a look back there and didn't see anything but I didn't look in any hidden places.It's a Pathfinder.I'm not sure of the year because it's actually my mom's car that I'm driving for now.
post #115 of 128
Here is a thread which gives a part number for 1988-1995 Pathfinder anchors- it's sounds like it's an easy install:
http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=11744

This page says that the parts are available for 1990-2000 Pathfinders, and that some 2000's and all 2001 and newer already have tether anchors:
Nissan Service Bulletin Abstract
post #116 of 128
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Here is a thread which gives a part number for 1988-1995 Pathfinder anchors- it's sounds like it's an easy install:
http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=11744

This page says that the parts are available for 1990-2000 Pathfinders, and that some 2000's and all 2001 and newer already have tether anchors:
Nissan Service Bulletin Abstract
Thanks!
post #117 of 128
has anyone talked directly with britax about this alleged recall of regents? i spoke yesterday with our locally owned kids furniture and all things baby that sells britax seats by the truckload and they know nothing of this, and they are the most knowledgable carseat technicians i have ever talked with in person.

i would call myself, but we are getting ready to leave to meet some friends shortly. i will check back later to see if anyone had a chance to call and then do some more investigating.

this alleged recall thing has been really bugging me and been on my mind for the past few days...

~claudia
post #118 of 128
Britax ALWAYS posts their recalls to their website as soon as they come out. BRU just doesn't know which end is up.

-Angela
post #119 of 128
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Originally Posted by TurboClaudia View Post
has anyone talked directly with britax about this alleged recall of regents? i spoke yesterday with our locally owned kids furniture and all things baby that sells britax seats by the truckload and they know nothing of this, and they are the most knowledgable carseat technicians i have ever talked with in person.

i would call myself, but we are getting ready to leave to meet some friends shortly. i will check back later to see if anyone had a chance to call and then do some more investigating.

this alleged recall thing has been really bugging me and been on my mind for the past few days...

~claudia
I was waiting for Monday to come to call but I didn't get the chance.We'll be home tomorrow so I plan on calling.I want to order a seat but first I want to know what's going on.
post #120 of 128
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Ok so now the Britax website basically says the same thing the BRU guy told me.They are updating the seats with a kit for installation.
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