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    Non-FAA approved seats

    This might be a dumb question but I want to be sure. Is any convertible seat currently sold that is not FAA approved?

    I know the Regent isn't but it's no longer manufactured.

    The other seats I've seen are either technically boosters or need a tether/shoulder belt to be used in the car.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Graco SmartSeat is not.
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    Re: Non-FAA approved seats

    Combi Zeus 360 and Graco SmartSeat iirc and poss the orbit baby toddler seat.
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    Re: Non-FAA approved seats

    Thanks!

    The Orbit and the Zeus rotate. I assume that it's the reason why it's not approved.

    I can't see why the Graco Smart Seat isn't. Any ideas?
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    Re: Non-FAA approved seats

    The rotating has nothing to do with FAA approval.

    For FAA approval, after a seat passes the testing for motor vehicle standards, they put the carseat on any standard airplane seat, and then turn it over. They rotate it forward, backward, left, right. If the dummy stays in the seat, then it gains FAA approval.

    I believe the SmartSeat is too wide to fit on an airplane seat. The other two seats might have the same problem.
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    The Combi rep insinuated that the Zeus could be FAA approved, but they didn't bother because they couldn't imagine anyone actually lugging it onto a plane.

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    Re: Non-FAA approved seats

    Quote Originally Posted by LISmama810 View Post
    The Combi rep insinuated that the Zeus could be FAA approved, but they didn't bother because they couldn't imagine anyone actually lugging it onto a plane.
    Yeah, I can see that. The Orbit Toddler Seat is FAA-approved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipsepearl

    I can't see why the Graco Smart Seat isn't. Any ideas?
    Most likely because the buckle of a plane belt is smack dab in the middle of the base. The lockoff won't close and the seat won't snap into the base.
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