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We primarily drive a van. But we also have a small sedan. We only use it for trips that only involve one child (like taking my middle son to therapy once a week, or perhaps if one parent stays with the two younger at one location while the other parent takes the older to a football practice...you get the idea).<br><br>
In the sedan we have an Alpha Omega carseat installed with LATCH. If it's our 3 year old, then we just harness him in and voila. If it's our 5 year old though, he weighs too much for the harness, so he uses it as a booster (he uses a Nautilus usually, so this is the only time he's in a booster). But the thing is...it's still LATCHed.<br><br>
I know the guidelines say that you're not supposed to use LATCH if the seat is being used as a belt positioning booster, but can you tell me why? How is it unsafe to secure a booster with LATCH?
 

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Pure speculation here- but usually a booster would move with a child in a crash- in this situation the booster would stay in place and the child would move therefore the booster wouldn't be protecting the child for side impacts etc.<br><br>
But I'm pulling that out of my bum <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
And there ARE boosters that allow themselves to be latched.<br><br>
That's not one... but still...<br><br>
Might be easiest to just get a dedicated booster you can use there like a turbobooster that's pretty inexpensive.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I wouldn't do it simply because you are still having him sit on top of the straps, correct? This coupled with LATCHing in the booster would be considered misuse-- not catastrophic misuse probably, but still misuse. The seat makes an awful booster due to belt fit anyway, so I would probably pick up a dedicated booster to use on those odd days.<br><br>
Also if you have a version of the seat made before 2009 (the 40 pound weight limit version) make sure the headrest is not on the top setting-- that setting is for booster mode only and cannot be used with the harness.
 

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One other thing to consider is the weight limit for your LATCH, your older child may exceed that limit.<br><br>
If it were me I would just buy a separate booster for your older child.
 

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LATCH limits do not apply to LATCHed boosters, but it's a moot point because that seat can't be LATCHed as a booster. I agree with an_aurora that while what the OP described is far from the worst I've seen, it still isn't a good idea in many ways.
 
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