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Please help, I've spent literally hours on research and I'm still going crazy trying to figure out which new carseat to buy DS!! He's 20mo and is approaching 30lbs, so is about to max out RFing in his Marathon. I'd like to keep him rearfacing as long as possible in our 2005 Honda Civic, and evenually be able to use the same seat for an infant sibling....<br><br>
I know the Radian, MyRide and Complete Air all RF to 40lbs, but as far as I can find most kids max out due to height before weight anyway. Since DS is on the tall slender side I'm pretty sure this will be him. I'd really like a Radian as I think it would keep DS RFing the longest, BUT:<br><br>
1) I tried it in our car today and just sitting it in the centre with the driver's seat all the way back for DH (who is 6'-4"), the Radian is very tight to the front seats. Is this allowed? I even pulled the driver's seat up a notch - which DH said would probably work but wouldn't be very comfortable for him - and it's still pretty tight...<br><br>
2) The centre belt is a non-locking shoulder belt. So I'd need to use a locking clip, which I suspect would be a bit of a PITA. Can anyone tell me how big an issue this is likely to be? I didn't have one (didn't have time to mess around with a full install anyway) but I'd obviously have to make sure I could get a good install with one before actually buying the seat.<br><br>
3) Grandma takes DS in her car on occasion and if it's a total pain to switch the Radian between vehicles, I suspect we'd end up FFing him in the Marathon in her car. Not sure how I feel about that.<br><br>
My second favorite option at the moment is the MyRide, but if you can't use the top-most slots for RFing, I'm a bit hesitant to spend so much on another seat if it won't last him much more than another year RFing. Pretty much everything else about it is equal to the Marathon we already have. But on the other hand, with all I have learned about FFing, I feel bad for even putting a price on DS's safety! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag"><br><br>
I'm not really considering the Complete Air as a 45 degree install for an infant would squish the front passenger too much. Also on my radar is the TrueFit, but it only RF's to 35lbs. But maybe the shell is tall enough that it's still just as valid an option? I haven't looked into it as much. Should I even be considering something like the Nautilus at this stage? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"><br><br>
Like I said, I've spent ages researching and reading to try and make up my mind and I'm still stuck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"> I don't know if it's just a bit of a mental block because I thought when I bought it the Marathon was our best bet, and yet here I am again! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> Can anyone help me figure this out??? What's our best bet? One of the above, or something else I'm not considering? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/uhoh3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Uhoh"> TIA!
 

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For tall and slender the CA would be your best bet if the radian won't work. You can install the CA as upright as 30 degrees, and it takes up very little room front to back that way. It's great for taller children and actually has a taller rfing shell height than the radian.
 

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I did notice the CA seemed to have a very tall shell, but if the Radian doesn't fit in the centre, I figure there's very little chance the CA would. In the outboard position, a 45 deg install for an infant would make the passenger seat unusable and I'm hoping to avoid having to buy another seat if/when DC2 comes along...<br><br>
ETA: If it truly is the best option though, I am willing to suck up the cost. Just want to be certain, first.
 

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The CA will fit. It squeezes into very small backseats.<br><br>
Any of them will last at least until 4 unless you have a very very tall kiddo and very long torsoed.<br><br>
Your middle belt does lock; it might be at the retractor or the latchplate but any car made after mid 1996 has locking belts.<br><br>
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I have a CA and radian side by side in my sienna and the CA takes up soooooo much less room than the radian rfing front to back.<br><br>
In a honda your belt locks at the retractor. But you might want to install with teh locking clip anyways to avoid the seat tipping.
 

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I have a complete air in my DH's 2001 civic, and it takes up very little space front-back. So far I really like it, and am actually debating moving it to my car and putting the truefit premier (which I hate btw) in his car just so I don't have to deal with it!!<br><br>
Your belts do lock, I'm almost positive - pull them *ALL* the way out and then as they go back in, you should here a 'click click click' sound which is them locking. To install w/t he belt, just put the seat in, buckle it up and then pull the belt all the way out and let it back in while pushing down on the seat to make sure it goes in tight.
 

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What year is your vehicle? All vehicles made after model year 1996 have locking seatbelts.<br><br>
The Complete Air can be installed more upright for a non-newborn.<br><br>
The top slot of the MyRide can be used RFing, but it is significantly shorter than either the Radian or the Complete Air even so.
 

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I thought it was strange that the centre belt didn't lock (the other two do), I'll have to check again. It's a 2005 Civic.<br><br>
Looks like I should take a closer look at the CA.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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an_aurora, do you mean 4yrs RFing, or total lifetime of the seat? Maybe I'm just too used to how fast little ones grow in the first two years? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I know they slow down as they hit toddlerhood.
 

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I meant RF, and heightwise, as some kids will hit 40 lbs before 4. Sorry for the unclear post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I just bought a Complete Air for my daughter, same situation as the OP - at 21 months and 30 pounds, I was not willing to turn her forward-facing yet. The MyRide was not an option because she had very little growing room left in it (long torso and tall), and the Radian would not fit in our Subaru Forester. The CA fits very well however. It is relatively upright, and we actually have more room in the front passenger seat than we did with the two other rear-facing car seats we used before. To my surprise, I was even able to get a decent rear-facing installation in the middle seat.
 

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Thanks for the clarification an_aurora! I just wanted to be sure I was understanding correctly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
yamilee21, that is VERY helpful, thank you!<br><br>
I guess a critical part of my question (that got lost in my admittedly very long post! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">) is <b>Can the Radian be tight to the front seats?</b> If it can, the Radian fits. If not, it sounds like a CA is my best bet.
 

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I believe the radian can be braced by the front seats, but it will depend on if your car allows it. I think in a 2005 you would be fine, but you need to check your car's manual and see if it allows car seats to touch the front seats. It'll be in the airbag section or the child restraint section.
 
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