Originally Posted by KnitLady
This video has several videos of crash test dummies in rear facing and forward facing seats as they go through a wreck. The difference between the two is astounding.
No, I know, I know! Eep. That's why I've hesitated in turning him.
Originally Posted by alegna
Look at the safeguard. I LOVE it.
It looks great! Also $$$, but what are you going to do? And thanks to the others for the other recommendations.
Is there a likelihood he'll outgrow these seats before he's old enough for a booster? And then what? Why is the US so slow to adopt higher-weight/height harnessed and/or rf seats?
Originally Posted by Adventuredad
I must strongly disagree with your statement about it being "hassle/expensive" getting a Swedish seat. It's more expensive than a regular ff seat but safety is on a totally different level. I still think car seats here are a bargain. I have two kids, the cost for keeping one of them safe in the car for the first 10 years is peanuts in the big picture.
First, infant seat (0-6 months). Graco Snugride or something similar for about $100. Second, Swedish Britax Hi-Way seat for about $400 (6 months-5 years). That's retail price here, your price would be slightly more. Third, Britax Monarch BPB for about $100 (5 years-10 years). Total cost for great car seat safety during 10 years comes to about $600. I think that's very cheap considering all other costs associated with kids.
Buying a Swedish seat is not a hassle (I'm located in Stockholm, Sweden). Send one email and make one Paypal payment and your seat will be at your door in 5-7 days. I will go to the store and buy your seat, bubble wrap it, and take it to the post office. You will receive all receipts, manuals, etc, I don't make a dime on the seat. It's actually a $20 loss for me due to Paypal fees. But you would be rear facing your son which is important to me. I sent seats to New Zealand and US the other week, to people like you who also were concerend about car seat safety.
The hassle I was referring to was certainly not dealing with you! I appreciate your efforts in promoting safety and helping concerned parents out. I meant with the NHTSA or whatever it's called, which says it's illegal to use imported car seats. I understand I'll need a doctor's prescription to get the seat through customs, and then I'm supposed to petition for permission to use it, but some people suggest just skipping that in case permission's denied. Better to ask forgiveness than permission? Did the people in New Zealand and the US you sent seats to mention customs duties or problems with inspectors?
The expense is real, at least for me. I'm not trying to be difficult -- I have $579 in my bank account and a bill for $800 due in two days. I'm working fast to try to cover it. We're not destitute or anything, but we don't have extra money. I'm assuming the Swedish economy is better than the US one at the moment?
So far, despite copious hints, our parents have not volunteered to help us out with buying a new seat. I guess I'll have to flat out ask them for a loan. And I don't want you to lose money on the transaction, so please let me know what the total cost would be with the fees added on. (PayPal fees annoy me, too...) If we're going to have to spend $$ on a new seat soon anyway, I guess spending $$$$$$ is about the same difference. Ha ha -- that's what got the US economy in trouble in the first place, isn't it?
You know, let me go measure my car's back seat again first -- I forget what I came up with last time -- and compare it to the measurements on this thread. I want to make sure a big ol' honkin' seat will fit. We have the shallowest back seating area imaginable, seriously no leg room unless our front seats are far forward, which is then uncomfortable and unsafe for the front passenger/driver.
Random question, too, for anyone -- we had the tether anchor installed, and they installed it a little off center. We estimated no more than 15 degrees. I can still install a seat in the center, then, right? Isn't 20 degrees the maximum angle, or is that just for certain seats? I couldn't find the info in my manual.
I'll be back once I've ventured outdoors. It's not raining for once!