Questions about rear-facing, Radian Sunshine seats. - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 05-02-2012, 02:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
ejg123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I just realized that our rear-facing seats only go to 35 pounds and our son is at 34 pounds. It is pretty important to us to keep him rear-facing as long as possible for safety reasons. The question is then about the Radian XLST or Radian 120 (formerly Sunshine babies) which both go up to 45 lbs rear-facing and (as far as I can tell?) are the only 45lb rear-facing option.

 

Anyone with experiences on this, I would welcome your feedback generally on how you like the seats.

 

1. We have small cars. I understand that I can try to see if they fit by using a floor model or buy and return, but if anyone has any experience with the Radian in Scion Xa (2006) or Corrolla LX (2005), middle seat, would love feedback.

 

2. Mainly I am concerned about the many reports I have read about Super-latch problems with Radian and the company's unresponsiveness about this. It seems like there are some people who are CONVINCED that there are serious problems while there are also some very defensive defenders. Everyone seems so polarized and dramatic about it, it is hard to tell what to make of it. Experiences? Background to this that I don't know about?

 

Also many stores seems sold out of the xlst. Any ideas why? Anything else to consider?

ejg123 is offline  
#2 of 4 Old 05-02-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Maedze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The XTSL is sold out because the seats were all renamed :-)   The brand was formerly called Sunshine Kids Juvenile Products and now is called Diono.   The seats are the R100, (65SL) the R120,(80SL) and the RXT (XTSL).  

 

SuperLATCH was/is an interesting issue.  The company handled it (as well as other issues) very poorly.   There is no doubt that a seat with a slipping LATCH adjuster is not safe as is; however, some vehicle/seat combinations are simply incompatible.  The fortunate thing is that if LATCH and your seating position are not copacetic, you can install the seat with the seatbelt.  The unfortunate thing is that the company dumped a lot into the SL 'branding', and then turned up its noses at its customers who spent money for the SL product.  

 

Interesting thing to note: with FMVSS 213 changes coming down the pipe in the next few years, Diono will no longer be able to *have* SuperLATCH as LATCH limits will be federally regulated and will include the weight of the child restraint.  I can't remember the specifics, but I believe lower anchors will be required to be certified to 65 lbs, minus the weight of the seat, which is around 22 lbs for the Diono seats (heavy suckers!).  There will be no more 'superLATCH'.   Diono is certainly aware of these changes, which probably played into their rebranding decision and the fact that they've stopped emphasizing superLATCH as a selling point.  

 

The seat itself is safe.  It passes all applicable testing, and is certainly a great option for keeping a child rear facing.  It will fit quite nicely in a Corolla.  The issue with the seat isn't so much its size as that if the vehicle seat is flatter, it over reclines.   You should be able to get a reasonably upright install in the Corolla.  I cannot comment on the Scion.  However, if the seat is simply over reclined in the Scion with no other issues, an angle adjuster should fix that problem.  

dejagerw likes this.

CPST
Maedze is offline  
#3 of 4 Old 05-19-2012, 04:09 PM
 
whitneyg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: By the mountains and the sea
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I have an R120 RF behind the passenger in a Honda Fit, a super tiny car, with room to spare.  I have the angle adjuster and wouldn't have been able to get the seat upright enough without it.  


Mama to a sweet little redheaded girl, born 11/09; and my HBAC baby, little brother, born 7/12.

whitneyg is offline  
#4 of 4 Old 05-22-2012, 09:38 AM
 
*Eva*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

It should fit fine in both of those cars but you can double check on www.car-seat.org to make sure.  I would also recommend getting the angle adjuster b/c you'll have an older kid and that will make it a few more inched upright.  You can also heavily brace with that seat which makes it easier too.  The Superlatch thing is ridiculous with them but since you're putting the seat in the middle of both cars it really won't matter b/c I'm pretty sure neither of them allow latch in the center anyways so you're going to have to do a seat belt installs anyways.

*Eva* is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off