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We're about to upgrade to a Britax Marathon from a snugride. Snugride is installed with the belt, and we got it done at AAA at a car seat check event. It was totally rock solid, nothing can move it. Without ever touching the belt, its already loosened up quite a bit and I've had to tighten it a couple times. I've heard that seats tend to test better when installed with the belt rather than LATCH, but I'm sort of second guessing that because mine loosens up so much over time. So, is your seat installed with the belt or LATCH and why?
 

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Did you use a locking clip? My seats are all installed with belt, since I don't have LATCH in my vehicles. I get a good, tight installation and it doesn't loosen. If you're getting loosening, it sounds to me (and I'm NOT a carseat tech) like the seat belt isn't properly locked - either via a locking clip or a builtin locking mechanism or both.
 

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They are equally safe. I use LATCH when I can simply because I HATE installing the boulevard with a belt. It's a huge pain. But when I just had DD, she was in the center and my car didn't have LATCH in the center. Now with the van, DD is FFing in the boulevard in the center of the rear seat (LATCH) and DS is rear-facing in the snugride with LATCH in one of the bucket seats. If your seat is loosening up, I'm inclined to agree with boscopup that it must not be locked. Most seatbelts lock in some fashion, either by extending the belt all the way out and switching it to locking mode (listen for a clicking/ratcheting sound) or on the buckle plate itself. READ your car manual and learn how your seats lock.
 

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you HAVE to read the manual for your car. we were doing the latch in the center position with the snugride. it was super tight and great. then when we took the convertible seat to the technician, he looked at our car manual and it specifically says NOT to use the latch in the center position. it says to use the BELT ONLY with the lock clip. i had no idea!
 

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funny thing is, i thought it needed the locking clip. When I did it myself, I used the locking clip. the tech at AAA took it off and said we didnt need it. Weird. I'll check the manual next time we're in the car to see if latch is "allowed" in the center. I dont want to move her to the side.
 

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We used to have a Marathon (it was stolen along with our car). We used it rear-facing and it went much more tightly and reliably into my mom's car with LATCH than into our older car with the belt.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If your car was made after 1997, it locks automatically. If not, you'll need a locking clip.</div>
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i have an 01. the tech said we had to use the locking clip for rear facing position. she said something about it not being safe with the belt locking on its own...i cant remember.
 

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Mine is with the belt. LATCH doesn't work in the center seat of my car, and we wanted her in the center. It's still tethered and very secure. It definitely depends on the car and carseat though.
 

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Okay,<br><br>
I think that my car has LATCH in the center---- and we have the Boulevard... I'm now wondering if it will even fit rear-facing in the backseat of our car without moving the front seats up too far. DH and I are both 6 feet or taller and we have to have our seat back quite a bit.... other than the obvious of the center is farther away from the doors should there be a crash... is there another reason that the center is better?<br><br>
Because if we may have to use it in the side spot - so we can move the passenger seat up to make room for the carseat RFing.....<br><br>
-Jodi
 

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i just had my car seat inspected by the fire department yesterday. the belt and latch are equally safe as pp's have said. i have an '04 x-terra and cannot use the latch in the center position. the lap belt in the center, oddly enough gets the car seat base tighter than the latch system on either side. so, needless to say, we went with the lap belt in the center position.
 

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Evan is rfing w/ tether in his Boulevard w/ LATCH, Ilana is in her Graco Safeseat w/ LATCH, and AJ is ffing in his Radian 65 w/ a lap belt and tether. I also recently put a rfing Marathon, same size as Boulevard, rfing the in middle of a 2dr Civic w/ no seat problems so it can be done.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i have an 01. the tech said we had to use the locking clip for rear facing position. she said something about it not being safe with the belt locking on its own...i cant remember.</div>
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What seat did you have? I often use locking clips w/ the Snugride bases b/c they tend to pull up on the base and make it lopsided.
 

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i have an 01. the tech said we had to use the locking clip for rear facing position. she said something about it not being safe with the belt locking on its own...i cant remember.<br><br>
What seat did you have? I often use locking clips w/ the Snugride bases b/c they tend to pull up on the base and make it lopsided.<br><br>
we are using the alpha omega. i think that is what she was talking about-the reason we had to use the locking clip was because the belt would push the seat sideways.
 

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I've never had to use one w/ an alpha omega before and I've instaled a lot of those.
 
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