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ok, so i've seen the european (i think) seats with no chest clip. i'm guessing their aren't any here in the us, right? my son is very uncomfortable in the seats we've tried (including his current seat - a recaro young sport) because of the chest clips. are there any adapted chest clips that are softer or flexible? he is starting to get a callous on his chest from his.

i'm genuinely considering trying to get ahold of a seat from out of the country.....

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something like this is what i have in mind.

i also wanted to add that jet has a chest deformity that make the bones stick out right where the chest clip hits. he's being fitted tomorrow for a brace and i worry that will be even less comfortable (and taking the brace off and replacing it every car trip will probably leave us homebound ).

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In Europe, the straps are different and they have a grippy material on the back that keeps the straps adjusted right. The only purpose of a chest clip is to keep the harness straps positioned right, and they are pre-crash positioners--designed to break or move down in a crash. Without the chest clip, there is nothing that says the straps will remain correctly positioned. They aren't tested or approved for use without the chest clip. Of course, this is an instance of parental choice. I would ask on car-seat.org and do as much research as I could about it before making a decision

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yeah i was kinda hoping their was a choice somewhere between what we have now and no chest clip. i have tried him in the seats with the chest clip slid down below where his chest thing is and i could totally see his shoulders slipping out with no problem in an accident. he's a pretty narrow boy.

it's frusterating cause the european version of the seat he is in now has no chest clip (but like you said, the way the harness works is completely different).

i will go post on cs.org in a sec here. thansk for the quick reply.

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I wish there was an option. I have a RF 2.5 yo who has pushed down her chest clip a few times, and it makes me nervous since I can't see what she is doing, but I don't know what to do about it

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i think we are going to go try out the blvd and the como and see if they are narrower and would maybe work even if he slides the chest clip down maybe.

just measured and he is at the listed top shoulder height for the blvd. i'm thinking the hugs on the britax would help wince it's soft rubber on the underside (i didn't realize these went under the clip). i guess our only option is the regeant....unless that frontier comes out soon...

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just measured and he is at the listed top shoulder height for the blvd. i'm thinking the hugs on the britax would help wince it's soft rubber on the underside (i didn't realize these went under the clip).
Yep, they do... the rubber isn't *between* your child and the chest clip, though; it's got a "window" in it where the clip is. Still, it means that the hugs are holding the strap (and therefore, the clip) slightly off his body compared to seats without them, and would probably be more comfortable. Edit: I looked at it again today; I was confused between the front and back. The rubber IS between the plastic clip and the child's chest.

One thing to consider: depending on exactly how the chest deformity changes the shape of your son's torso, a seat without a chest clip might be even more risky for him than for a child without the same issue. (Or it might be less, I dunno and don't have the information needed to guess, but it's something to think about, and possibly even ask his orthopedist or other specialists about.)
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