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#1 of 3 Old 11-29-2011, 09:45 AM - Thread Starter
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I have a very large almost 10 month old that I am looking to buy a convertible carseat for. She has past the weight limit for her infant seat, and so I am hoping for something that will last us up to booster age.


Our van has been modified to accommodate my older daughters wheelchair, so the seats are not factory and therefore do not have a complete latch system. They do have the latch hooks between the seat back and bottom but nowhere to hook the tether straps. They are also narrower than standard (19 inches) and much closer to the door of the van.


Because of that, I was thinking of a radian. I saw one in person and it was REALLY heavy! How do they work for rear facing kids? I worried that because of the weight of it that it would tip back/down. Also, I am trying to decide between the 80 and the 80 and the XT. I can't decide if I want the headwings or not. On the one hand I like the extra safety but on the other I think they would bother me and/or my daughter, and the XT definitely costs more.


Can anyone offer some words of wisdom? I would like to order the seat sometime today :)

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The radian is a good seat, but it can be a complicated install in some vehicles.  So make sure you order or buy somewhere where you can return it without paying return shipping.


As for not having upper tethers, you'll need those before any child rides ffing in a harnessed seat.

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We have an XSLT and love it my DD is very tall and 26 m/o and it accommodates her well! It is a heavy seat but it's strong and steel. I'm getting one for the baby on the way...

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