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    CPS Technician keri1292's Avatar
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    Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    design our own car seats!

    One of my ideas is an actual seat (normal car sized but designed to properly fit a child) for a minivan for all of us with removable seats. We could just pop out the old seat and install a captains seat with a built in 5 point harness. Unrealistic financially but, oh the convenience! It would have an infinite harness adjust, multiple crotch buckle positions, TSIP all over ~ sides and head wings. And of course, you would just snap it in backwards to RF. Oh what the heck, let's make it a 12 point harness to indulge my fantasy. It would also be crash tested RFing so my kids could ride safer even after 35lbs! A RFing 12 year old! I'm in heaven.
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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    My ideal forward-facing harnessed carseat would be a combination harness/booster, it would look like a Britax Monarch booster, with nice head and torso wings, but those wings would be adjustable, like those on the Jane Indy booster.

    The seating area would be a little wider than the Monarch's seating area, though (allowing older, wider kids to fit comfortably and making it a little less tippy), AND most importantly it would be much deeper in the seating area for leg support.

    There would be no armrests, instead in booster mode the lapbelt would be held low by the deep torso wings, like with the Parkway. It would look like the Monarch, with those close-fitting (but adjustable) wings, but it would have a five point harness up to 80 pounds.

    It would adjust, with the harness, as tall as the Monarch adjusts, so many kids could make it to the full harnessed weight limit.

    It would also become a backless booster, since lots of kids would utilize the harness to the full highback booster height. Hmm, that might not work out now that I think about it, because a backless booster needs armrests or some type of "nubs" to hold the lapbelt low; with my design the torso wings hold the lapbelt low, like on the Parkway, so it probably wouldn't work as a backless.

    Still, I think a Monarch-looking/deeper-seated/adustable-winged/harnessed-to-80-pounds-combo-seat would be AWESOME.
    ~Jenny

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    A recaro sport with 20 in top slots and a 70 lb limit PERFECT!!!
    J-10.5 yrs, 100 lbs, 4 ft 10.5 ins-adult seatbelt
    C-9yrs-Britax Parkway SG, Clek ozzi, Incognito
    S-6.5 yrs -Britax Parkway SG,

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    A seat that when you sit the child in it, it tightens and forms to fit the child perfectly each and every time. It would be absolutely fool proof to install and fit to any child.
    DD Jan 2005
    RF to 3 1/2 years; Harnessed to 7 1/2 years; Now Boostered

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    It would have to be available world-wide, meeting the strictest standards world-wide (so, rear-facing to what : 50lbs ?, forward-facing to 80+ lbs ?), and affordable too !
    Mama to :
    Boo (2002), apramo backless booster
    Bug (2004), Parkway SGL
    Bear (2006), Parkway SGL

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    I have two "dream seats":

    Seat #1
    • RF to 50 pounds
    • Very low bottom slots
    • 23" top slots (yes, I know, adults could sit in it!)
    • FF to 150 pounds
    • TSIP with width and height-adjustable wings
    • Infinite adjust harness
    • At least four crotch strap positions
    • IMMI-style LATCH
    • RF and FF tether



    Seat #2
    • FF only
    • Harness to 150 pounds
    • TSIP with width and height-adjustable wings
    • Infinite adjust harness
    • IMMI-style LATCH
    • Length adjustable seating area
    • 23" inch top slots


    BOTH seats need to cost less than $350 (U.S.) and MUST come with TOP-notch customer service.

    BOTH seats need to have at least ten cover choices and need to have harnesses that CAN be replaced.

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    I love everyone's ideas. And Patriot, you would be the one to make sure of the wide variety of cover options, lol, you should become a cover design consultant. All I want to add is guaranteed installation compatibility in any vehicles, speaking from the standpoint of not just a Regent owner, but a Radian owner as well. A carseat enthusiast can dream, right?
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    Car-Seat.org Ambassador Patriot201's Avatar
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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanum View Post
    I love everyone's ideas. And Patriot, you would be the one to make sure of the wide variety of cover options, lol, you should become a cover design consultant.
    Thanks! That would be a lot of fun!

    I am definitely opinionated enough!

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    Wow! You guys have some great ideas! I'd be pre-ordering those for sure! Personally, I'd love a RF to 50 lbs seat that is tethered and braced and big enough for big kids. Baseless would be nice (similar to the Radian & Regent) so that it sits nice & low on the vehicle seat. Of course it needs to have some nice deep SIP wings and be fully lined with EPS foam. I like the idea of a harness that automatically adjusts, like you would put the kid in, push a button and the harness tightens automatically to just the right tension. I think Scatterbunny's FF only seat sounds awesome! Really, what I would like to see is RF only seats and FF only seats, no more of these seats that claim to do everything.
    SAHM to my silly six: X (12, seatbelt), R (11, seatbelt), E (9, Evenflo Amp),
    Z (6, Frontier 85 in booster mode), G (4, FF TFP) and M (2, RF Pavilion)

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    What is an "IMMI-style" latch ?
    Mama to :
    Boo (2002), apramo backless booster
    Bug (2004), Parkway SGL
    Bear (2006), Parkway SGL

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kashi View Post
    What is an "IMMI-style" latch ?
    The IMMI-style LATCH is the type that is on the Safeguard, Britax, Radian, etc. It looks the LATCH on the left.

    The other style LATCH is the type that is on Graco, Cosco, etc. It looks like the LATCH on the right.



    I like the IMMI-style because I find it easier to use.
    Last edited by Patriot201; 08-01-2007 at 08:13 PM.

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    Re: Just for a nice stress reliever...let's...

    ITA...I LOVE that style of LATCH. It is soooo much easier for me to release than the graco etc. style.
    Abbysnail ~ 11 ~ Maui FR85 (booster mode) and Leopard Olli
    Chica ~ 9.5 ~ Pink Monterey and Julius Olli
    Loveybug ~ 3.5 ~ rfing in a Cranberry TFP and ffing in a FR85

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