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#1 of 4 Old 08-02-2007, 07:35 PM - Thread Starter
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We normally use a Britax Decathlon, but sometimes travel with a Cosco Scenera (especially to my sister's house, because it is narrow enough to fit between her twins' seats).

This last trip that we took, he figured out how to do the chest clip on the Scenera. We've tried the velcro deterrent method, to no avail. I've tried pulling over every time he does it, no dice. Finally someone had to sit in the back with him and keep him from doing it, while he screamed about it. We were on a highway with NO shoulders and no exits for 20 miles at a time---I couldn't pull over.

I'm going to my sister's house again in a few weeks, and need to use this seat (or rent a car, $$$). Would it be unsafe to buy an extra Britax chest clip and install it on this seat? He can't get that one undone. I know that's not the clip it was tested with, yadda yadda yadda, but logically, doesn't it seem like it should still be a safe seat?

Just looking for an easy solution, I guess. What else have people tried that worked?

(quick rant: this clip is WAY too easy to open! He even managed to open it by accident when he was just a wee one---that should never happen!)

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Oh dear. I'm with you and can't imagine why the Britax clip wouldn't be safe but I'm sure someone here has a more definitive answer. Anyone?

(Here's my better option - give G his seat and see if we can fit a RA rear-facing for him. She's not the best latch-undoer, nor does she try. Fingers crossed that it will fit! I can try and borrow Rue's seat to test fit it - not a Scenera but she's got a seat that will fit between ours.)

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When my dd started undoing the clip on hers I started duct taping it whenever I buckled her in.


Though I am not sure that is actually a good idea and I am sure DC will be here in just a moment to yell at me. :

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Originally Posted by abimommy View Post
When my dd started undoing the clip on hers I started duct taping it whenever I buckled her in.

Actually that isn't the worst I have seen/heard. The chest clip is a pre-crash positioner (meaning it does not *restrain*). So it is not uncommon after a wreck to see the chest clip busted open, cracked, or broken. The chest clips main function is to enable the harness straps to stay up on the shoulders and in position so that they restrain the occupant. It is important and does need to remain locked when in use. Although I do not recommend duct taping (cough, ahem), you may be able to slide the chest clips off of the harness straps and re-slide them on the straps backwards. Check your car seat manual or call the manufacturer before doing so for specifics. Some manufacturers do not allow this but still may be able to provide tips for your particular CRS. It also boils down to effectively communicating to him that he cannot undo the clips. You can make it into a game of sorts by telling him that the car won't drive (or pull the car over and stop when you see him do it) unless his clip is always buckled. It depends on his individual personality as to what approach you decide may work for him.

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Though I am not sure that is actually a good idea and I am sure DC will be here in just a moment to yell at me. :
I will deal with you later.
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