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    Seat shopping and would love to know your top picks

    I was glad I went with my daughter and parents today because I found out her seat in their car is due to be replaced this fall. So I get to go seat shopping!! I'm excited. DD rides FF in a Complete Air in my car now but that will most likely move into their car and I want to get her something with a high 5point limit. My first thought was the Radian XLST, played with a RF radian 80 in a friends car and loved it. But I'm open to other suggestions. I have a 00 Volvo s40, so no latch and she rides in the middle at 30lbs and 38 inches tall if that helps.
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    Re: Seat shopping and would love to know your top picks

    How old is she?

    For a 30# 5yo, my top pick would be a Nautilus or Frontier -- no point in buying a convertible if you aren't going to take advantage of rear-facing capability.

    For a 30# 18mo, my top pick would be a rear-facing *anything*.
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    If you are not rf, I wouldn't waste money on a rf seat. I would get a ff only seat (meastro, nautilus, frontier85).

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    Re: Seat shopping and would love to know your top picks

    She is 3 sorry, thought I got all the stats in

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    Re: Seat shopping and would love to know your top picks

    But would the BF 85 expire before she could even use it as a booster? They are 6 years right?

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    Re: Seat shopping and would love to know your top picks

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugmama View Post
    But would the BF 85 expire before she could even use it as a booster? They are 6 years right?
    The F85 is good for 9 years

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    The frontier has a 9 year expiration, I believe.

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    Re: Seat shopping and would love to know your top picks

    The Frontier 85 has a 9 year lifespan (from date of manufacture). So, figuring it's not rated for use until 2 years old, has the highest harness top slots on the current market, has an 85-lb harness weight limit, and converts to a highback booster (which happens to also be, I think, the tallest highback booster on the current market), it should very well be the last child seat you need.
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    WOW! Thanks! The expiration was what had me flip flopping for the most part. If it was 6 then I figured I could use the Radian with a future kiddo and move her to a booster or something else. But 9 is awesome and I think she will get the full use of it!
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