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    Advice needed, Radian RXT & 2013 Subaru Impreza

    Hi everyone, I'm looking for some help with installing a convertible car seat in our 2013 Subaru Impreza hatchback. Before I started reading threads about subaru's I had no idea they had trickier than average car installs.

    We've been using a chicco keyfit that goes to 22 pounds. DD is 7 months, 20 pounds and about 28 inches. She is close to outgrowing it so I am getting anxious for a solution. Unfortunately I just learned that subaru's do not have UAS in the center seat, we had been borrowing from the sides which I now know is incorrect. Subaru doesn't recommend installing in the middle seat, but it sounds like it's doable with some car seats using the seat belt. After making that mistake I want to be absolutely sure we have proper installation moving forward. I want to keep her RF as long as possible and in the center.

    We bought a Radian RXT which I tried test install yesterday, we don't have the angler yet, so it sticks way into the front seats. From what I've read on this forum it's possible to install in the center after "twisting the seat belt stalk" can someone explain how that works and why it's needed? The subaru also has a weird seat bight that is a few inches up from the actual curve in the seat. It makes it so that there is no split in the seat to work the feet of the boot into. Does it matter if they feet are not actually inserted into the seat? Any suggestions on getting the Radian into this car properly are much appreciated.

    Also I may be able to exchange the Radian for something else. Does anyone know of a car seat that may be more suitable for our car?

    Are there any car seat techs out there in the B.C. lower mainland that could help me?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Advice needed, Radian RXT & 2013 Subaru Impreza

    Hello, and welcome to!

    Radians and Subarus are a challenging combination, but it CAN be done!
    This thread helps a bit. Here is another thread: (Cryssy Jane posted photos in this thread. Hopefully that will help).

    I hope one of our BC techs comes along to help. We do have MANY Canadian techs, and I believe there are a fair number from BC.

    “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.” ~Carl Sandburg
    Learning to cope with the unexpected...

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    Re: Advice needed, Radian RXT & 2013 Subaru Impreza

    If this thread could be moved to the Canadian forum that would be great. Hopefully mod Pixelated will come along because she is also familiar with lower mainland techs.

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    Moderator - CPST Instructor Pixelated's Avatar
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    Re: Advice needed, Radian RXT & 2013 Subaru Impreza

    Hi there! There are many techs in the lower mainland, some of whom are on this board. Where exactly and I can hook you up with someone?

    The challenge with that raised bight you're describing is that you can either put the feet of the Radian in the actual 'corner/turn of the seat' or put them up a couple of inches and insert them into the bight. The problem then becomes whether or not the front edge of the Radian is making contact with the vehicle seat back, which it needs to do to be considered compatible.

    In the few Subarus I've worked in it's sometimes an issue and sometimes not. SUPER reclined if you put the feet up into that crease, and no front contact if you don't. The angle adjuster can help solve one or both problems. Sometimes it worked in the middle but not at all outboard. It's something that we'd need to see pictures of to evaluate, and of course meeting hands on with someone would help too.

    I'm going to leave the thread here as the issue is a technical one that others may benefit from later on, and separate from the need for local help.
    Jen ~ Canadian CPST-IT with CPSAC

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