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  1. #1
    Carseat Crazy
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    Mar 2012

    Am I over-tightening the harness?

    I have read about so many of you who seem to never loosen or tighten the harness straps. I have tried this with the seats we have owned and can't ever make it work. It never feels tight enough to me, but maybe I am tightening too much? I have seen pictures of the pinch test, is there a video of it somewhere I could check out? Any other tips I can try to know if it is too tight or too loose?

    Dahlia - 11/09 - FF Nautilus
    Reier - 7/12 - RF RXT
    All crammed into our mighty little Honda Fit

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    Senior Community Member poohbearkrazy's Avatar
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    Sep 2008

    Re: Am I over-tightening the harness?

    The way I make sure that it's not to tight is, I tighten it and then pull up on the release lever and let the natural slack into it. That way I know it's not too tight and he can breath comfortably.
    Christine:Mommy to: Anthony 10.2, Caleb 8.11, Jacob 5.10, Katelynn our newbie 6/18/13
    and our angel Nevaeh 1/1/07-1/1/07

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    CPS Technician cookie123's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    Mpls MN

    Re: Am I over-tightening the harness?

    I like to loosen when I take the kiddo out and tight when putting him in. The Radian gave me issues, and eventually I gave up, left it tightened and Matthew started putting the harness on himself, and eventually buckled himself up too. He can always manage to get himself in there. He wears no coat at all though. He insists.
    PEG - Gramma to:
    Hannah - 16 - Seatbelt! Reya - 1.5 4Ever/BLVD/Peg
    Brett - 15 - Seatbelt Nolan - 2.5 - 4Ever/Fllo
    Matt- 11 - Seatbelt Baby Boy due 1/17/19 Pipa
    Griffin - 6 - Parkway SG

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    CPS Fanatic MommyShannon's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    I rarely loosen harnesses. With seats without a continuous harness, I get their shoulder in the strap then pull the arm through by pulling the upper arm. Does that make any sense? I don't put their hand through first.
    DD (11.5) Seatbelt; DS (9) Incognito; DD2 (7) Britax Parkway; DD3 (4.5) Graco Nautilus



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