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And I'm not sure how to get her to ... ugh.<br><br>
I'm not a CPST or anything but I can tell "just plain wrong" when I see it! Her son (23mo) is in a Scenera. She bought it when he outgrew his infant bucket seat, and since he had just turned 1, she installed it (correctly, as far as I could see) forward-facing. I mentioned that it was possible to RF longer, and safer to boot, but she kind of brushed it off so I dropped the subject.<br><br>
She went to a carseat check about a month ago, and I saw her at my aunt's house yesterday. He is now RFing again, but whoever redid it has installed it almost lying down flat, with the belt through the forward-facing path! I think he's too tall to RF in it anyway, but regardless, that is WRONG on so many levels. They also put her aftermarket cover and strap pads back on for her. How nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I gasped and said "Oh no that's wrong! Let me fix it!" as just a natural reaction. She said they told her he should RF since he's not 2 yet (but he's too tall to RF in the seat), and that it should be reclined RFing (not THAT much). And the belt path is right because that's how they did it. She would not even look at the seat itself to see that it's labeled "forward-facing belt path". And that I am not a CPST. Whatever firefighter installed this for her is obviously not either though!<br><br>
I think I upset her by acting so shocked ... maybe my tone sounded "I know better than you do", I don't know ... I know she wants her DS to be safe though. That's why she went to the check! I'm inviting them to DD's birthday party next weekend, but I don't know if they'll come now. If they do how can I show her the right way? I'm afraid if I pull out an instruction manual she'll just leave in a huff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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It is a rare 2yo who is too tall to RF in a Scenera. Why do you think this child is?
 

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He is very tall. I don't know his height but they have another Scenera they leave at my aunt's house for use when she's babysitting him. He is using the top slots for she shoulder straps. And it might sound weird, but he has a very large head ... if he's using the top slots I can't see how he could possibly have an inch of shell above his head. I see it every time I go over there, but not usually him, and I was shocked that he'd fit that way when I saw him yesterday.<br><br>
I was equally concerned though, with her saying whoever checked it told her he should be RFing only because he's not yet 2. I asked if they wanted to know his weight or height and she said no, only his age matters in a convertible seat.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">He is very tall. I don't know his height but they have another Scenera they leave at my aunt's house for use when she's babysitting him. He is using the top slots for she shoulder straps. And it might sound weird, but he has a very large head ... if he's using the top slots I can't see how he could possibly have an inch of shell above his head. I see it every time I go over there, but not usually him, and I was shocked that he'd fit that way when I saw him yesterday.<br><br>
I was equally concerned though, with her saying whoever checked it told her he should be RFing only because he's not yet 2. I asked if they wanted to know his weight or height and she said no, only his age matters in a convertible seat.</div>
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For a situation like that, I'd just email something like:<br><br>
"I am SO sorry I came across so strongly the other day when I saw how your carseat was installed, but I know how Sceneras are supposed to be installed and was worried for your son's safety. I apologize for upsetting you, if I did. Please think about letting me fix his seat. The belt is in the wrong belt path and if you were in an accident his seat could break in half with him still in it. You know I love you and want you and your son to be safe...."
 

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My 22mo is too tall for RFing in the Scenara - but she's off the charts tall - it does happen!<br><br>
With those type of people, I tell them I am thinking about training to be a CPST and that I have been reading up on it, etc. etc. to boost credibility(even if it may be years in the future; ;-)). Maybe tell her how awesome it is that she turned him RFing, but that did you know that you can sit them up a bit more upright when they are older? She sounds like a hard nut to crack...
 

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I did say "rare". I didn't say "impossible". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
However, if his shoulders are still below the top shoulder straps, he likely WILL fit rear-facing.
 

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Do you know who checked her seat? Was it just at the fire dept or something? (they often dont have actual techs there)<br><br>
I would find out who did it and file a complaint! B/c thats just scary if it really is installed that poorly.
 
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