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#31 of 43 Old 06-28-2009, 01:39 AM
 
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CPS won't take her kids away for not being in car seats, but they will at least contact the family and try to help them get seats.

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I would NEVER call CPS if someone drove with their children unrestrained. I would definately seek to educate them though.
BTW, IN a number of states it is leagal for a 4 year old to sit with just a lap belt and no booster. But I agree, this is not very safe.
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Around here CPS generally doesn't deal with car seat issues - the police do. I have called the police about a neighbour who carried her baby in the front seat with her, and they were very good about the whole thing. They called the parents in, explained the situation to them and why it was dangerous and the parents are now using a carseat.

I debated about what to do, but when it came down to it I knew I would feel partially responsible if anything ever happened to the child.
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She definitely wants carseats now!!

Can you tell me which seat is the best out of these three?

1. Graco high back turbobooster
2. Evenflo Big kid booster
3. cosco high back booster

Thanks
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If those are the only options, I would do a turbobooster for the 4yo. But she will have to teach him how to sit properly in it all the time. The younger one cannot be in a belt positioning booster, so of those three the best option is the cosco. If she can spend a bit more, I'd really recommend looking at an Apex for the higher harness height.

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She definitely wants carseats now!!

Can you tell me which seat is the best out of these three?

1. Graco high back turbobooster
2. Evenflo Big kid booster
3. cosco high back booster

Thanks
Absolutely the turbobooster for the 4yo, but the 2yo needs a harnessed seat. The Evenflo Chase I recommended (twice) above is a harnessed seat with high slot straps (almost as high as the Apex) and a very low price. It turns into a booster when the harness is outgrown -- it's not the best booster or even close to it, but it is oodles better than nothing!

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Thanks. Those three above were just for the 4 yo. How will she need to teach him to sit in it properly?

Thanks again chicabiddy
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Shoulder belt through the red belt guide, lap belt under booster arms (and make sure you put the screws in the armrests if you get the Turbobooster!) -- sometimes with new booster riders it's helpful to lock the shoulder belt to ensure proper positioning.

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She definitely wants carseats now!!

Can you tell me which seat is the best out of these three?

1. Graco high back turbobooster
2. Evenflo Big kid booster
3. cosco high back booster

Thanks
I am happy for your friend, and her children!!!

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Yeah, the 4yo will need to sit back and still so the seatbelt stays in proper position. Given that she needs a cheaper seat, and other high weight harnessing seats that convert to good boosters aren't an option, the turbo is a really good booster that will last a long time, versus the cosco one with a harness that he might already be too big for and it doesn't fit most kids well as a booster.

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I know AM!!

I went to check some out today and the turbobooster seemed a little..cheap feeling. It really wiggled a lot and didn't seem sturdy but the evenflo big kid seemed pretty sturdy. Is the evenflo really bad?

How hard is the install for the turbobooster, evenflo big kid and the cosco seat? Do they switch between cars good?

thanks for all of your help. I am going to take them with me so they can pick the colors out themselves? The 4yo hasn't been in a seat for a couple years so I don't know how this will go over with him as he thinks carseats are for babies.
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Boosters wiggle. It feels strange to people who are used to harnessed seats, but they wiggle and it's okay.

The Evenflo Big Kid fits big kids better. It's usually not a great fit for a 4yo. Also, it doesn't have EPS foam in the headwings (at least most of them don't -- I don't know if any do). That's kind of a big deal because the EPS foam -- which is white and looks like styrofoam, not soft and cushy -- absorbs some of the energy in a crash. It's the stuff they use in bicycle helmets. Seats that don't have that foam transfer all the energy into the kid's head. That's usually not good.

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We use a turbo booster for our 50lb 47inch 6.5 year old. It feels lighter because its jsut a booster and the back can be removed. Its a good seat go good rating and is super easy to use. There is no really install for a booster just put on seat position the head rest correctly and feed belt through top slot and over lap (under the seats arm rests). I think the Evenflo though will be fine. Though there customer service are a pain to work with if an issue comes up.

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