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    Recommendations for FF harness seat

    We are looking for a seat to put in our second vehicle to use for when one of our older kids has an activity we're not all going to. This would be for, ideally, both our 8-year-old and 6-year-old to use (at different times, obviously). I was thinking it would be nice to have a no-rethread harness so we could easily adjust between the 2 kids. The 8-year-old is just under 52" and based on measuring when he's sitting, I think we'd need harness slots at 18" (and higher if possible). Both kids are very scrawny so weight is not a problem.

    So far I have found:
    Harmony Defender
    Britax Pioneer/Frontier
    Chicco MyFit

    Are there any others I need to look at? Especially any less than $100?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

    Hi there.

    At eight and six, most kids are booster ready. That'd be a viable option, unless there's something we don't know about your kids.

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    laine 9/16/09, 50", 70#, Nuna Aaces, Safety 1st Incognito
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic


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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

    No, they're just normal skinny kids. I thought a 5 point harness would be safer? They're both harnessed in our minivan (Diono Pacifica and Rainier).

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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

    There's no evidence a harness is safer at their age. I'd probably pick up a booster well known for fitting normal skinny kids like the Evenflo Big Kid, Evenflo Spectrum, Chicco KidFit, Graco Turbobooster. If you like the Dionos, you could try a Diono Monterey. If you get one with lower anchors, you can use them so the booster is not a projectile when it's not in use. If you get one without lower anchors, buckle it in when it's not in use.

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    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 100#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 50", 70#, Nuna Aaces, Safety 1st Incognito
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic


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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

    Thank you!!

    Any thoughts on if one in particular will work well in a 2003 Toyota Echo?

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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

    No, sorry. Though if it has low or no headrests, my first choice would be the Evenflo Spectrum. It doesn't require a headrest, will supply your kids with a headrest for a long time through the booster (whiplash protection), but it doesn't have lower anchors, so you'll need to buckle it in when it's empty.

    Wendy
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    laine 9/16/09, 50", 70#, Nuna Aaces, Safety 1st Incognito
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic


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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

    Any reasons you prefer that one over the Turbobooster or one of the others?

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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

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    Any reasons you prefer that one over the Turbobooster or one of the others?
    I'm just guessing and I hope Wendy corrects me if I'm wrong, but I think that is her first choice because it is much taller than the others.

    If the car doesn't provide adequate head support, that job will need to be done by a high back booster, so getting the tallest will provide that protection the longest.

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    Re: Recommendations for FF harness seat

    How much does the 6-year-old weigh?

    The Echo has head restraints for the outboard seats so you have lots of options. If the 6yo is at least 40 lb, even more options.

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