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Will be getting a "big-girl"car seat for DD soon, and have read that this is one of the top three picks from Consumer Reports.<br><br>
I am looking for real-life reviews of this. I have read some of the reviews on Amazon.com, but was wondering if anyone here is willing to share an opinion.<br><br>
My biggest concerns after having read the reviews:<br><br>
-Buckle/Strap Size. Some reviewers said they didn't think it would be safe for a small baby.<br><br>
-Seat Size. I have a Subaru Forester, and would like to be able to use more than just the driver seat once this is installed.<br><br>
Anyone?<br><br>
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Hi,<br><br>
We do have this carseat, and overall it's worked out fine, but we have had some issues with the straps. The triumph carseats in the past have been recalled and fixed by using metal clips to keep the straps from coming loose. My complaint is that the straps easily twist, and even though the clips are supposed to fix the strap problem, we still have issues with keeping the clips in place. It does seem to be a really comfy ride for ds, and doesn't take up too much room. If I had to buy another seat, I probably wouldn't purchase this one again.<br><br>
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We also bought this carseat after reading it was one of the top 3 picks. Ds seems to be fairly comfy in it but the straps do twist and I am forever untwisting them so they are the right length. It was easy to install. We'd probably buy this again. It seemed the right ratio of price and safety features. It doesn't seem to take up a ton of room and we don't have a huge car. HTH
 

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We just bought this carseat last week. It was very easy to install. We are especially happy with how easy it is to adjust the straps... we use cloth diapers at home and disposables when traveling, so we tighten/loosen the straps a lot. We had to move the straps up a size and that was really easy, too. It is kind of bulky, but it is very attractive and comfortable-seeming. Our 4 month old is average sized and even though the seat looked too big, once she was in it she looked comfortable.<br><br>
The price was nice, too, especially compared to the Britax mentioned in the same Consumer Reports.
 

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We have the Evenflo Triumph and I absolutely LOVE it. We don't really have any problems with the straps twisting. It has happened before, but it's nothing like the Graco Snug Ride we had for the infant seat. And the way you tighten and loosen the straps is fantastic.<br><br>
I don't know about the buckle size and whether it's okay on a small baby. How big is your DD? We got ours for DS when he was 3.5 months, but he was over 20 lb and 27 inches at the time and had outgrown the infant seat. He fit fine in it.<br><br>
We also like the size/shape of the seat. It is big, but it goes up high and then goes out to the side, so even though it's in the middle of our backseat, people can sit on both sides of it.
 

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AmyG-<br>
Maggie is (well, three weeks ago was) a little under 14 lbs and 25 inches long. We will find out in a couple days how big she is now, but I would say she is no more than 15 pounds and maybe 26 inches, but probably more like 25.5.<br><br>
What I have read is that the buckle sits too high (around the stomach) and the shoulder clip is really wide and sometimes makes the straps slip off the shoulder. Have you had any problem with this?<br><br>
I just find it hard to believe that a car seat made for children from 5-40 pounds would have straps that would fit really poorly on a smaller (Maggie-sized) infant. I mean, how could it pass tests for a newborn if it is fitted too big for a 15 lb baby?
 

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We've used this seat since Tristan was born---it's been great, he's fit in it just fine. I'd think that if the straps slip over the shoulders, the harness is just too loose. We haven't had any problems at all. The big plus to me is that it is so easy to adjust the tightness of the harness! It's great. We have a *tiny* Geo Prizm and would not have a problem fitting a second carseat.<br>
If you're skeptical, just buy it at Babies R Us; you can always return it if it doesn't work out.
 

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I have a friend who has either the triumph V or the Titan V (can't remember which) and her DD outgrew the seat in the ff position remarkably EARLY. The slots in the seat just weren't high enough and since they're supposed to be "at or above" in the ff position, it wasn't safe for her. My friend has since decided to return her to the rf position and that's working well with the seat. The seat is easier to install and gets higher ranking in the rf position anyway.<br><br>
eta: the crotch strap length problem is a problem with all evenflo seats that I've seen. Every one of them (and I owned one before my Britax) has a crotch strap that's too long and puts the hardware at a place where it could cause extensive soft tissue injury. It wasn't until AFTER I compared it to my new britax that I realized what a difference there was. In all honesty, if you can afford a britax, please do. They just don't compare. <a href="http://www.babylove.com" target="_blank">www.babylove.com</a> has a britax galaxy on sale for $129.99 right now.
 

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We also have the Evenflo Triumph and we're pleased with it. When we bought this seat, I took down all the "popular" seats and put her in each one. Honestly, it was the only one that she seemed to relax in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We've been using it from about the time DD was 4 months, and now 7 months later, she still looks comfortable in it. We don't have a problem with twisty straps, but we do have covers over the straps to prevent her head from *really* flopping over when she falls asleep. (fwiw, it helps more to prevent twisting than holding her head up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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I have the Evenflo Titan V and although i have had some problems with straps twisting, the seat rates great for safety, looks comfy is easy to install and has two different crotch settings. I liked the first one enough that I bought the same one for the little boy that I watch.
 

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We've had 2 of these seats for probably a month now (1 in each car). My DD is now 15 lbs. 14 oz. & just 26" long. We were getting frustrated that the shoulder straps kept slipping off her shoulders - until we read the directions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> and realized we should have the straps up on the 2nd "rung" - I was so happy they were sooooo easy to adjust! Now the seat fits her perfectly & she's very comfortable. The bottom straps do fit across at her hips when you look at it from the side of her body, but if you just look at the front the round buckle does sit up around her stomach.
 

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I have one of these, too. I am quite pleased with it overall. The straps are very easy to adjust and I've never had a problem with them twisting. My son has been in it since he was about 4 months old and has always done well in it.<br><br>
One thing, though.. I got a car seat check a while back and found that it had to be moved from the center position to an outboard position. I have a Subaru Legacy. Apparently there is an issue with the center seatbelt in Subarus and not being able to get the seat in tight enough. My car is a 1995. I'm not sure how new your car is or if the seatbelt has been changed at all in recent years, but you might want to look into that.
 

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marieangela- Thanks for you input about the seat and Subarus<br><br>
We have a 2001 Forester, and they HAVE actually changed the belts- they now have a locking mechanism in them, so hopefully that shouldn't be an issue anymore.<br><br>
Since I posted this the other day, I found a website where you can see other people's (parents and car seat techs) experiences with carseats re: fit in certain cars. Here it is for anyone else who might be interested: <a href="http://www.carseatdata.org/" target="_blank">http://www.carseatdata.org/</a><br><br>
There is a lot of great info out the about car seats! I spent the day yesterday researching and learned SO much. Teaching safety to children was my job previously, and I like to consider myself safety-savvy, but there is just so much to know about car seats.<br><br>
We will have the second seat installed by a tech before we put Maggie in it, just like we did with her infant seat. I just wish more people knew about it!
 
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