Originally Posted by LinzluvsGJ
How long ago did you own the seat? They have made a LOT of changes to it since the first one we bought. We bought one in 2004, one in 2006, and another just a few days ago. Each has a lot of changes to the seat. The harness is now longer on the new ones, I've found it has the tallest back out of the majority we looked at which is what has enabled us to keep our 4 year old still in a harness rather than going to a booster yet.
I owned mine quite a while ago (dd is four and a half) but the point is, techs on other boards still say this is not a recommended seat. It's not the length of the harness straps, or the height of the seat back that is the issue. It is the height of the harness. If you check your manual, what I'm told is that the top setting is STILL not reinforced for harnessing, which makes the harness short (heighth wise, not length wise). I am so glad that it's working for you and that your four year old is still in a harness. Other people's children (people who have new models, like you) outgrow the harness at 3, or sooner. To me $150 is too much money for a seat that only harnesses to 40 pounds. People with limited incomes buy this seat because it's advertised as "the only seat they'll ever need". It is a lot more economical, if you are on a budget, to buy a Scenera, which also RF to 35 pounds and FF to 40, and then buy an Apex later, which harnesses to 65 pounds and then turns into a booster. I'm not a fan of Cosco myself, but if your budget is truly, truly limited, that is the safest, cheapest way to restrain your kids. I feel bad for the people whose kids outgrow the AO at three and have to buy a new seat to keep their kids in a harness. I'm happy for you that you are not one of them!