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    Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    I had Abby's radian buckled in the van before yesterday but I was worried about it being unbuckled on accident (it happened once before but I don't think that time was an accident).
    Her seat had regular latch but Josh's had super latch so I swapped the covers and put the super latch seat in for her.
    I'm not so sure I'm comfortable with the super latch though and I think I want to switch back to seat belt install.

    Sometimes I drive a 10 year old girl to or from school and she likes to sit in the back between the girls, so I want to cover Abby's buckled buckle stalk so it's not accidentally pushed.
    I was thinking of cutting the toes off an old sock, but I don't know if that would be too loose and just fall down. Someone mentioned a baby leg recently, I don't have any of those, how tight are they? Do they stay up?
    Where is the cheapest place to get some? I only need one, by the time Josh is too heavy for the old style latch, Abby will be in a booster and I can use the same baby leg to cover his buckled seatbelt.
    Or other ideas for covering it up?
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    The regular latch and your van's latch can go up to 48 pounds, so if you like regular latch better, you may as well switch the seats back.

    As for unbuckling, I'd say it wouldn't be likely since the 10 yo would be buckling and unbuckling on the opposite side of Abby's seat. You can put some rough sticky velcro on the release button and that way a person would really have to try to unbuckle the seatbelt.
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    Toes cut off of a sock and babylegs are essentially the same.
    You can try a paper towel roll or a toilet paper roll. Even if it becomes flimsy over time it will still serve as a reminder.
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    Quote Originally Posted by christineka View Post
    The regular latch and your van's latch can go up to 48 pounds, so if you like regular latch better, you may as well switch the seats back.
    I thought the regular latch limit was 40 lbs?
    She weighs 43 lbs, I just weighed her the other day.
    Is it possible to get another old latch strap from Diono? I really like having Josh Latched in too because his seat is more upright than it is with the seatbelt and because for the past 2 days I've also given a ride to a 6 year old and she's been riding in a literider in the middle seat right next to Josh and I don't want him unbuckled on accident either. Hannah accidentally unbuckled him the day after we got the van when she was riding in the middle seat.
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    If you reinstall with the seatbelt can you flip the buckle one half turn so the button is on the inside? That's my go to when installing with a chance of unbuckling!
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsta1005 View Post
    If you reinstall with the seatbelt can you flip the buckle one half turn so the button is on the inside? That's my go to when installing with a chance of unbuckling!
    I can't in that position, the buckle stalk is fixed and can't move. It's also the kind of buckle that pushes from the top, not the side so turning wouldn't help anyway. Good idea though!
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    You can also cut a Styrofoam or plastic cut and put around the buckle and stalk.
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    I thought the regular latch limit was 40 lbs?
    She weighs 43 lbs, I just weighed her the other day.
    Is it possible to get another old latch strap from Diono? I really like having Josh Latched in too because his seat is more upright than it is with the seatbelt and because for the past 2 days I've also given a ride to a 6 year old and she's been riding in a literider in the middle seat right next to Josh and I don't want him unbuckled on accident either. Hannah accidentally unbuckled him the day after we got the van when she was riding in the middle seat.
    On the LATCH limit question, you can LATCH either of your Radians up to 48 lbs. in your van because the non-SL/regular Radian's lower LATCH anchor installation weight limit is 48 lbs. (weight of the child) per Sunshine Kids/Diono, and it's also 48 lbs. for Radian SuperLATCH (SL) models in vehicles manufactured before Sept. 2005 such as your 2005 Sienna. Toyota states to follow the carseat manufacturer's instructions regarding LATCH weight limits.
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    Covering it would bother me...I would be worried that it would be harder to see if it was unbuckled. But that's me.

    The cardboard tube sounds like it would work the best.
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    Aluminum foil would also work. If you used a kids sock it would be tighter, thus less likely to be loose and fall down.
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    I can't in that position, the buckle stalk is fixed and can't move. It's also the kind of buckle that pushes from the top, not the side so turning wouldn't help anyway. Good idea though!
    When I install with seatbelt, I flip the female buckle before buckling. My release button is on the top. Flipping it places the button between the male buckle and the child restraint, so you definitely have to make an effort to get a finger between the two to unbuckle. It is enough of a deterrent for my DD, who otherwise likes to push the big red button.
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    Re: Covering up a buckled seatbelt buckle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pixels View Post
    When I install with seatbelt, I flip the female buckle before buckling. My release button is on the top. Flipping it places the button between the male buckle and the child restraint, so you definitely have to make an effort to get a finger between the two to unbuckle. It is enough of a deterrent for my DD, who otherwise likes to push the big red button.
    The buckle stalks in the middle row are inflexible, so they can't be turned backward anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanum

    On the LATCH limit question, you can LATCH either of your Radians up to 48 lbs. in your van because the non-SL/regular Radian's lower LATCH anchor installation weight limit is 48 lbs. (weight of the child) per Sunshine Kids/Diono, and it's also 48 lbs. for Radian SuperLATCH (SL) models in vehicles manufactured before Sept. 2005 such as your 2005 Sienna. Toyota states to follow the carseat manufacturer's instructions regarding LATCH weight limits.
    Thanks! I was thinking only superlatch was higher than 40 lbs! I emailed diono about getting another old style latch strap if they have any, but haven't heard anything yet. I have the old style latch on my oldest radian too but that seat is going to my friend for her son. She probably won't install with latch though, if she doesn't, maybe I can use that strap.
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