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Re: rear facing car seat?

I too have diono radians. 2 in my Camry and 2 of the older version(different name: sunshine kids radian). I need these to fit three across both my vehicles. So if you plan on more kids think ahead unlike I did and buy narrow seats like the radians
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Re: rear facing car seat?

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Yeah I'm pretty sure you can't use the latch system in the middle seat as I don't even think the latches are there anyway. Atleast that's what I remember. Either way it worked sooo much better behind the passenger side front seat and that say I get to use the latch system which seems much better IMO. We use the Diono Radian seats. One in my car and one in the wife's. They aren't cheap but one of the best from my understanding.
A little off topic - but as to the car seats themselves.

We originally bought a Graco infant seat and then ended up buying a Chicco Keyfit 30 that we just liked a whole lot better after trying both. Used a base in each of our cars that just stayed in there. It worked really well and we'll use the same seat for our upcoming kiddo.

When it came time to buy convertible seats I bought a Radian XTSL (this was right before Sunshine Kids became Diono, so this model now called the Diono Radian RTX). My wife liked the patterns better on the Britax Blvd. 70 so we got her one of those.

After a few months we liked the Radian so much more that the $300 Britax got taken out and we got a Diono RTX for her. As the previous poster said, they aren't cheap (also about $250-300) but are a heck of a seat.
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Re: rear facing car seat?

You cannot LATCH in the center of the GC. You can use the center but you must use the seatbelt to secure carseat. We currently have a Britax Marathon 70 rear facing behind driver seat. We cannot put seat all the way back nor can we have too much of a recline because the back of the seat cannot touch the carseat, you have to leave about 1-2" between them. I am 5'7" and my husband is 5'11" and we both fit fine with the driver seat how it is, don't feel squished at all. Before we had the convertible seat, we had a Graco Snugride 30 and it also fit with room to spare.
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Re: rear facing car seat?

The 2014 manual does say that you can brace (allow car seat to touch front seats when rear facing). I don't know if your Britax allows it, the Radian does. Some automakers don't allow this as it can mess with the airbag sensors in the front seats, apparently this isn't a problem on the '14s, you'd have to look in your manual for older ones.
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Re: rear facing car seat?

It was according to Britax it is not supposed to touch, sorry I should have clarified.
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I have our baby seat in the center of the rear seat using LATCH. I put it there because it didn't say anywhere in the manual that you cold to use LATCH in the center. It fits fine, nice and tight.
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I have our baby seat in the center of the rear seat using LATCH. I put it there because it didn't say anywhere in the manual that you cold to use LATCH in the center. It fits fine, nice and tight.
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Page 96 of the 2013 manual .

Can a child seat be installed in the center
position using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?

No

Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install
a child seat in the center seating position
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It's a big chart - look at it. There are not LATCH anchors to use there. What you are doing is borrowing one from each of the side seats. Don't do that. It's not made for it.
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Re: rear facing car seat?

There are no LATCH hooks for the center in the GC. I am assuming you put the clasps on the LATCH designated for both of the outside seats? If so, the seat is incorrectly installed as these are too far apart. You could bring it to your local police department and they will check it but if there are no LATCH hooks specifically for the center seat, the seat is installed incorrectly.
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There are no LATCH hooks for the center in the GC. I am assuming you put the clasps on the LATCH designated for both of the outside seats? If so, the seat is incorrectly installed as these are too far apart. You could bring it to your local police department and they will check it but if there are no LATCH hooks specifically for the center seat, the seat is installed incorrectly.
Then That's what it says, I was wrong on it and must have missed that, but, the installation of the baby seat instructions that came with the seat is what I followed. It said if the straps reach without the adjustment strap being all the way extended, and the angle gauge on the side is in the green zone for my child's weight, and excessive movement of the seat base is not experienced, it's ok. I didn't go to my police department, but my local fire department (who the police station refers us to) is what referred to the child seat manual, and said that the center was the safest position to use.
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Then That's what it says, I was wrong on it and must have missed that, but, the installation of the baby seat instructions that came with the seat is what I followed. It said if the straps reach without the adjustment strap being all the way extended, and the angle gauge on the side is in the green zone for my child's weight, and excessive movement of the seat base is not experienced, it's ok. I didn't go to my police department, but my local fire department (who the police station refers us to) is what referred to the child seat manual, and said that the center was the safest position to use.
No big deal - just go out and switch it over from LATCH to the seat belt installation.
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Re: rear facing car seat?

When possible, avoid baby seats on the driver's side. When I handled auto claims I handled accidents where baby started screaming in other than a typical scream. Mom or Dad pulled over and opened the rear door on the traffic side. In the panic (maybe too strong a word) to see what was wrong, they picked up baby and while doing their exam stepped back into traffic.

It wasn't a common occurrence, but I'll never forget dealing with the parent who got herself and her infant injured, or the surviving spouse who lost her husband and daughter.

It's easy to say "I would never do that", but when a baby sounds like they are in distress ...



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