The snugride was manufactured 12/04 so it should still be fine, right? I bought it in '05 for DD2.
Why does 6 yo DS need to be in a HBB? I thought the lowback was fine. I thought I read in another thread here that it was the same safety wise.... As far as the screws go... um we bought it as a LBB - I don't know anything about armrest screws. Are they to connect a back on?
I don't exactly how tall 8yo DS is, but he's tall for his age. The shoulder height of the seatbelt in our van is adjustable. As long as it is on the lowest setting, he fits correctly. I would prefer to still have him in a booster, however, our state law is 6 and 60 lbs to get out of a booster. I can't convince dh and ds that he needs to go back in a booster since it isn't required by law and he is tall enough to sit properly. Quite frankly, there isn't room in the van either. The backseat is SO narrow. 3 adults couldn't sit back there - no way!
Don't be too hard on me, please! I'm just now really learning more about the science behind carseats. I used to just follow the law and that was it. I thought I was doing everything to keep them safe. I had no idea there was so much more to properly restraining kids. We've always been good about having them in carseats/boosters according to the law. It's hard for dh to wrap his head around this new info. He thinks I'm going way overboard. Of course, his mom used to nurse and drive......
Anyway, my SIL has the Radian installed in her car. I'll have DD2 sit in it one more time to double check the shoulder height. In order for her shoulders to be below the harness slots, she would only have 2 inches left according to y'all. It just seems to make more sense to buy the Nautilus. Unless I put her in the Radian until she outgrows it and then put the baby in it.... Sigh! Why is this so complicated!
The closest BRU is 2 hrs from me. The local store that sells the Radians doesn't carry the Nautilus so I can't try it in the car. (Their prices are at least $50 more than I can get seats online for too...)
Thanks for taking the time to help me out...