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Yes, those are the only ones that go to 65#, but the Graco Nautilus should be available in July and I really like that one. It'll harness to 65# and then a booster till 100#. The Apex has to have support up the top of the child's ears. Unless you have high backed seats or adjustable headrests, which in your car I'm guessing you have neither, might as well nix the Apex. Have you figured out how high yours harnesses anyways? Here's a guide that Britax uses for their seats, all other manufacturers say to replace the seat in a crash, but this may help your decision one way or the other at least for now. http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inju...raintReUse.htm
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She is in Canada, and they wont' be getting the Nautilus until July.
I really don't think the car seat manufacturers are trying to rip you off. They want to make money, sure, but honestly if you use the seat after an accident to "stick it to the man" you are just endangering your child.
|The Apex requires high seat backs because the top is not reinforced (it's really quite flimsy at the top, if you play with it) and requires the high seat back to protect your child's neck in a crash.|
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AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
CPST & mom
O.K. your carseats should move less than an inch side to side when properly installed. First you'll want to see if your seat belts lock. I'm thinking your car will have lightweight locking latchplates and might look like this.
W/ the middle looking like this.
These all lock on their own so you won't need a locking clip. If they don't look like that, try pulling the shoulder belt all the way out, slowly, and then let it back in a little and try pulling it back out. If it won't come out (and you hear a ratcheting sound when it's going in) than your belts lock that way.
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