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    Radian Successful Install Thread

    If you want to see if your vehicle has had a successful install please use the search feature. There is a google search bar included on every page at car-seat.org.

    Since the thread has grown so large, it would take forever to comb through each page to find your specific vehicle. Search for your Model first. Put "Radian Successful Install Thread" in quotes in the search bar, along with your other search terms, so that it will search THIS THREAD. That is..."Radian Successful Install Thread" and "Ford Escort" BOTH in the search box. That should narrow it down to manageable number.

    If your model is included, but it's a different year than your or it's a different body (say you drive a sedan and it's for a station wagon)--post a NEW thread to see if it applies to your particular car.

    Don't forget that some vehicles seem to be named different things--but the same car. Like the Mercury Tracer/Ford Escort. If you can't find your particular car, but can find it's sister vehicle-- post a NEW thread to see if it applies to your particular vehicle.




    Please post here if you have successfully installed a radian in your vehicle.


    Please include the year, make and model of your vehicle, which method of install you used (LATCH, lap belt, lap/shoulder belt), AND the direction of the seat (rear-facing or forward facing).

    And the location of the seat (which I didn't think of until doriansmummy replied. Thank you!)

    And let us know whether or not you're installing on bench seats or captains chairs.

    I don't ask for much. lol

    ETA:
    If you are not a CPST, also include whether or not you've had your install verified by a CPST?

    If you see your vehicle listed here and have questions about it, start a new thread, so that we can keep this one for just the yay/nays for good installs.
    Last edited by Simplysomething; 06-09-2008 at 04:49 PM. Reason: told people hold to search the mammoth thread.
    apparently, people put stuff here.
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    posted from my computer using the internet...
    Super SEEEEKRIT stuff here.

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    Year: 2002
    Make/Model: Ford Focus
    Method of install: LATCH and top anchor
    Direction of seat: Foward facing
    Position: Middle and outboard

    Great install, I do need my hubbys extra muscles to get it in there rock solid.
    In our love nest with TWO!!
    DS(11) & our newest hatchling, DD (7-16-13)

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 2003 with a 50/50 split bench in the 3rd row
    Captain's chair - LATCH rock solid FF & RF, Seatbelt acceptable RF
    Rear Bench outboard - Seatbelt acceptable FF (2.5 twists to the stalk), Seatbelt solid RF

    FORD FOCUS WAGON 2002
    Outboard - LATCH rock solid FF & RF
    Center - LATCH rock solid FF & RF (allowed to borrow anchors per vehicle owner's manual and carseat manual)

    FORD F150 SUPER CREW CAB 2004 (i think that's the right year)
    Outboard - LATCH rock solid FF

    MAZDASPEED3 2007
    Outboard - LATCH rock solid FF & RF (although there is no front passenger space at all if RF)

    BUICK RENDEVOUS 2006
    Outboard - LATCH rock solid FF, Seatbelt rock solid FF

    HONDA ODDYSEY 2007
    Captains chair - LATCH rock solid FF & RF

    MAZDA CX-9 2007
    Outboard - LATCH rock solid FF & RF, Seatbelt rock solid FF & RF
    Center - Seatbelt rock solid FF & RF

    ACURA MDX 2007
    Outboard - LATCH rock solid FF

    SATURN OUTLOOK 2007
    Center - Seatbelt solid FF

    CHEVY UPLANDER (newer model - not sure of the year)
    Captains chair - Seatbelt solid FF... need to move plastic housing around the belt stalk so that you can move the belt stalk back (current positioning causes it to be forward of the bight and next to impossible to install)
    3rd Row Center - Seatbelt solid FF... need to twist down the buckle stalk (sorry can't remember how many twists I did on that one - at least two)

    If I think of any others I've done... I'll add them.
    Last edited by CDNTech; 06-14-2007 at 01:52 PM.
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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    Year: 2001
    Make/Model: dodge stratus
    Method of install: LATCH and top anchor and d-ring
    Direction of seat: Foward facing and Rear-Facing
    Position: Middle only for the FF install,it did not install FF outerboard well...
    I got a great install RF outerboard and Middle with latch
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    DS~3.5 years old/ Graco Nautilus in Bravo
    DD~2 years old/ Graco Nautilus in Mariposa


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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    Oldsmobile Silhouette 2001
    2nd row Captains chair w/Latch, easy rock solid install
    3rd row bench with seatbelt, fairly easy Rock solid install center and outboard


    Oldsmoblie Intrigue 1998
    NOT Successful, only tried outboard, maybe different center install
    Jane -
    DD - January 03-Seat belt
    DS1 - November 04- Seat belt
    DS2 - April 08- Graco Affix or Evenflo Amp

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    Year: 1996
    Model: Honda Accord
    Location: Middle
    Type: lapbelt
    FF

    Year: 2003
    Model: Dodge Caravan
    Location: Side Captains chair, 2nd row
    Type: LATCH
    FF

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2000 subaru legacy wagon
    rf in center w/seatbelt

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2004 honda odyssey -
    ff with seatbelt in driver's side captain's chair. (tip: twist female buckle 3 times and recline the seatback while installing. Raise the seatback when done)

    1990 Toyota corolla -
    FF with lapbelt in center. female buckle is twisted 2 times. Easy install

    FF with lap/shoulder belt outboard. Must use locking clip and twist buckle 3 times.
    Angie mama to R 4 years, 33 lbs/38 inches in a radian
    W 7 years,66 lbs/51 inches in a parkway
    M 9 years, 58 lbs/51 inches in a parkway

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2000 Nissan Maxima
    FF Center lap/shoulder belt - rock solid
    FF outboard driver/passenger lap/shoulder belt - rock solid
    RF had too much recline, but it was a tight install with lap/shoulder belt

    2004 Nissan Maxima
    FF outboard latch and top tether - rock solid

    Early 90's Nissan Quest
    FF 2nd row bench seats outboard lap/shoulder belt - rock solid

    1988 Ford Mustang
    FF back seat lap belt only - rock solid

    1993 Ford Escort
    FF center lap belt only - rock solid
    FF outboard lap/shoulder belt - rock solid with a locking clip
    Jamii ~ CPST ~ Foster Mom
    DS1 / 14 / Seatbelt * DS2 / 11 / Seatblet * DD / 8 / Spectrum and Rodifix * And a RF Headwise for Tiny

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2007 Honda Civic
    FF Passanger outboard lap/shoulder belt with ALR
    didn't need any help; twisted the belt stalk 1 or 2 times; used the more reclined setting; removed headrest

    * editing to add - I did use non-slip liner underneath, I will try later if it still sits as tightly without it...
    Not as tight without the liner, and it has not been checked by a tech - I will be much happier with it if a tech verifies that it is ok.

    * editing again - I still haven't been able to get it checked, I reinstalled using LATCH and DH to help clip it, it is VERY solid, didn't use the non-slip mat for this. Maybe I could have done better with the belt with his help. I hear tell others are able to get good installs in 06 and 07 Civics...
    Last edited by mommycat; 07-11-2007 at 08:19 AM.
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    DS2 4 yo - 34.5 lbs (40"/15"t/??"top of head) - FF in CowmooMA/TrueFit/2Radians/2Nautiluses/HarmonyV7
    Also in possession of: Graco SafeSeat1 and MyRide (loaned out) + 1 demo seat: SnugRide.

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2002 Saturn L300
    FF outboard, both sides with LATCH and top tether...rock solid

    2007 Dodge Caliber
    FF outboard, both sides with LATCH and top tether...rock solid

    1999 Lincoln Navigator
    FF Second row, outboard, with seatbelt and no available tether (not our vehicle)...pretty close to rock solid, but I could have done better with some shelf liner since they had slippery leather seats.

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    Year: 2002
    Model: Honda CRV
    Location: Passenger Outboard, Middle, Drivers Outboard
    Type: Both Latch and lap/shoulder belt in all positions
    FF EXCELLANT (2.5 turns with lap/shoulder belt and help from reclining seat)
    RFing:no acceptabe install in any seating position

    Year: 2003
    Model: Ford Windstar
    Location: Captains Chair, both drivers and passenger outboard, middle 3rd row
    Type: LATCH and Lap/shoulder belt in all positions (must removed headrest in all positions)
    FF Excellant in all 3 positions

    Year: 2003
    Model: Ford Windstar
    Location: Captains Chair, both drivers and passenger outboard
    Type: Latch
    RFing Excellant

    Year: 2000
    Model: Honda Accord
    Location: Passenger Outboard
    Type: Lap/shoulder belt, 2.5 twists female buckle
    FF Barely Acceptable

    Year: 2004
    Model: Ford 500
    Type Lap/shoulder belt and LATCH, tried twisting female buckle and all three rear seating positions
    FF NOT acceptable, I was really surprised and tried on 3 separate occaisions..

    I am not a tech and these were not checked by a tech...
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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2003 Pontiac Montana 8 pass van:
    -RF - all positions are great with or without LATCH, but couldn't find any tehter points for the middle row of seats (nothing below the front seats to tehter to, no visable belt stalks)
    -FF - 2nd row outboard both sides easily with LATCH
    -FF - 2nd row middle and outboard with seatbelt with a GREAT DEAL of difficulty but is rock solid now that it's in (middle).
    -3rd row - UNSUCCESSFUL in any FF position in back row of seats, didn't try Rf back there.

    1999 Ford F-150 extend-a-cab (kind with one set regular doors one set suicide doors)
    -RF center ONLY of back 'seat', either side is not enough room behind front seats for the recline, and no way to make the radian more upright....no way to tehter this either (at least that I could find)
    -FF not acceptable in any location - tried center and outboard rear, and side passanger (airbags can be turned off) could not get even close to acceptable install (but didn't try overly hard either, was just for curiousity sake)

    2006 Chevy uplander:
    -FF - 2nd row captains seats with LATCH - great and easy install
    -FF - 2rd row captains seats, unable to get acceptable install with seatbelt
    -FF - 3rd row unable to get acceptable install with seatbelt (no latch there)
    -didn't try rf in this van

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    Year: 2004
    Make/Model: Hyundai Santa Fe
    FF, outboard driver's side
    seatbelt and tether--rock solid install.

    Not checked by tech.
    Last edited by Leila; 06-14-2007 at 09:41 PM.


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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2002 Grand Caravan
    Captain's Chairs middle row - RF and FF with LATCH successful
    RF and FF with seatbelt successful
    Rear OB - RF and FF with seatbelt successful
    Rear Center - RF and FF with seatbelt successful
    RF and FF with LATCH successful

    1996 Suburban I did not try RF in this vehicle
    Rear OB - FF successful
    Rear Center - FF successful

    1998? or so Dodge Neon
    Outbord - FF with seatbelt - successful did not attempt RF
    Center FF and RF successful with seatbelt (when RF, the seat fits right in between the front seats and it installed nicely next to a RF Touriva)
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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2002 Saturn L100 sedan:

    -FF in center using lap-shoulder belt. Extended Radian's FF-only recline foot, twisted female buckle stalk once, and locked shoulder belt at the retractor to get a solid install.

    2008 Scion xB:

    -FF in center using lap-shoulder belt and extended Radian's FF-only recline foot. Not as solid as the install in the above Saturn, but less than 1" of movement at the belt path.

    -FF outboard passenger side using LATCH or the lap-shoulder belt locked at the shoulder belt retractor. Twisted female buckle stalk once for seatbelt install.

    2005 8-passenger Toyota Sienna LE:

    -FF third row passenger side using LATCH.

    -FF second row center using LATCH.

    2007 Cadillac Escalade:

    -FF on second row passenger side captain's chair using lap-shoulder belt with switchable retractor's locking mechanism engaged. Fast, easy, rock solid installation, checked by me and several techs.
    Last edited by Jeanum; 09-04-2010 at 01:53 PM. Reason: added more xB and Sienna installs
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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    1996 Ford Windstar
    FF Back bench seat, outboard, with seat belt, tethered
    FF Middle bench seat, both positions, with seat belt, tethered
    RF Middle bench seat, with seat belt, tethered to anchor on the back of the driver's seat. I think it would be fine RF in any position.
    *All Windstar installs are with the belt stalk twisted. The best FF location for a rock solid install is in the middle bench seat closest to the door.

    1999 Toyota Corolla
    RF Outboard, with seat belt, tethered
    *With belt stalk twisted
    *Cannot install FF in any seating position in the Corolla

    2003 (or 2004?) Ford Escape
    RF outboard, with seat belt, tethered

    1996 Toyota Camry
    RF outboard, with seat belt, tethered
    *I think I had to twist the belt stalk for this one too.

    2005 (or 2006?) Dodge Durango with 3rd row seats
    FF middle row of seats, outboard, with seat belt, tethered - Perfect quick install!

    I think that's all I've tried!
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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    2006 Honda Civic
    Installed driver outboard
    Installed FF
    Installed using seatbelt
    ROCK-SOLID.


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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by aidensmom02 View Post
    CHEVYY UPLANDER[/B] (newer model - not sure of the year)
    Captains chair - Seatbelt solid FF... need to move plastic housing around the belt stalk so that you can move the belt stalk back (current positioning causes it to be forward of the bight and next to impossible to install)
    You would need to do the same thing in the Olds Silhouette 2001 captains chairs. I was going to put that in my post earlier but decided against it because I haven't actually tried it....

    I have also installed in a
    2007 F150 Crew Cab w/latch, rock solid outboard position
    2006 Chevy Impala, outboard with latch, rock solid

    2003 or 2004 Suburban w/latch rock solid, could not do Seatbelt as I tried in the 3rd row outboard
    Jane -
    DD - January 03-Seat belt
    DS1 - November 04- Seat belt
    DS2 - April 08- Graco Affix or Evenflo Amp

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    Re: Radian Successful Install Thread

    I have mine in a 2007 Toyota Camry. We used latch and it's on the left side in the backseat behind the drivers seat! I got it 100% rock solid tight by myself and I went and had a Cosco Scenera installed professionally rearfacing on the right side behind the passenger seat and while there, the lady commented that the Radian was in there really good, no need for any adjustments, it was solid she said! Made me feel good!

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