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    Radian harness pads

    I just bought a second Radian RXT, and it has a few, seemingly minor, differences from my other one (the crotch buckle is lighter and seems flimsier, the harness pads are bulkier and made with memory foam). My local CPST had told me, with my older Radian, that the harness pads were necessary for forward facing, but optional for rear facing. I'm hoping that the same is true for this new seat because I HATE these awful, bulky, huge harness pads. They make it difficult to get the harness snug enough and my son complains that they are uncomfortable.
    The manual says, "Always utilize harness pads and attach them as shown." It doesn't say anything about forward versus rear facing.
    Does anybody know? Should I call Diono?
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    Ugh, and by "harbess" I meant "harness" :-/

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    They are optional RF and mandatory FF. I've called Diono and they sent me the small harness cover for free!
    Mary Ann - Maman franco
    Sorry for my broken English
    DD1: 10/2008 - Rides FF in a Plum RXT or PW's
    DD2: 02/2013 - Rides RF in a Flamingo Foonf
    DS: 07/2015 - Rides RF in a cowmoo Boulevard

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    Re: Radian harbess pads

    When I asked this here, I was told that the huge pads are required for FF in Canada but not in the US - because of how the testing was done. They are optional for RF.

    I agree they are awful but worse than that they are unexpected - they are not pictured in the stock photos, on the box, or even in the manual. My manual only shows the smaller pads. No mention of the monsters. No explanation.

    I understand the theory behind them, they compress in an accident and they keep the chest clip positioned, but they are so unwieldy and so unexpected.

    I also got free smaller pads when I contacted Diono.

    I think in the US you are supposed to use SOME pad, either small or big, if FF.

    eta - this is the email I got from Diono. Of note, Diono doesn't seem to be consistant with what they tell people calling with the same question. But this is what they told me, and the Canadian requirement part, I read on the forum here.

    Thank you for your inquiry. Both styles of harness pads are for forward facing and rear facing. Forward facing you are required to have harness pads not just the longer pad covers.

    We do have smaller harness pads but with the high demand of consumers wanting them we are out of stock on mostly all colors. We only have tan, shadow and spring.


    This was a couple months ago so the stock availability part is not current. I ended up getting my cobalt set (included a second belly pad) shortly after requesting them.
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    Re: Radian harbess pads

    I'm in Canada. In August I called and was told the harness pads are only required forward facing and are optional rear facing. They sent me a free pair of the smaller pads. We are not using any pads rear facing right now and the straps seem to be comfortable enough on their own.

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    Re: Radian harness pads

    Quote Originally Posted by mairep View Post
    Ugh, and by "harbess" I meant "harness" :-/
    Fixed...since you sort of asked It IS something that you can fix yourself but it's not obvious, just for next time. You go to 'edit' (blue button at the bottom) and then 'go advanced' and you should be able to to edit that way.
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    Re: Radian harness pads

    I believe the latest for the US is that they are req'd for both rf and ff. there was a recent thread about it by Skiersnowborder, I believe.

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    Re: Radian harness pads

    It seems like this should be one of the FAQs on Diono's page but it isn't.

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