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    How do you know if too tall for RF?

    Last night I had insomnia and to occupy my time I read front ways and back ways a Marathon manual. I didn't see anything about a height limit for rear facing. I thought it was something like when the baby's head reaches the top or maybe the same as an infant seat which, I think is an inch in room to the end of the shell (we never got that far before the cat peed in the seat.) So how are you supposed to know if it isn't in the manual?
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    Re: How do you know if too tall for RF?

    Your manual might say tops of ears even with top of seat, even RF. Then the FAQ says 'top of head even with top of seat' and the *newest* manuals say top of head one inch from top of seat.
    Effectively, though, no kid can actually get too tall for that seat before hitting 33 pounds (even my 4 year old had a couple inches over her head when she finally hit 33 and had to FF, same with a lot of skinny kids).

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    Re: How do you know if too tall for RF?

    PS, yes, seriously, it was tops of ears even with top of seat, even RF... the old President of Britax was so sure that RF was absolutely safest that he thought that was best. Now they just bow to the pressures to conform and prevent confusion and adhere to the 'one inch rule' that's always been the case for infant seats and Evenflos, and now everyone seems to follow...
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    Re: How do you know if too tall for RF?

    Quote Originally Posted by joolsplus3 View Post
    PS, yes, seriously, it was tops of ears even with top of seat, even RF... the old President of Britax was so sure that RF was absolutely safest that he thought that was best. Now they just bow to the pressures to conform and prevent confusion and adhere to the 'one inch rule' that's always been the case for infant seats and Evenflos, and now everyone seems to follow...
    I was reading the manual I downloaded last night from the website. Are the FAQs on a different spot on the website.

    Another interesting factoid from the harness height section was this:

    IMPORTANT: Once the top slots become necessary, the child may continue to use the restraint until the top of the ears
    become level with the top of the restraint shell or child’s weight exceeds 65 pounds(29 .5 kg)

    I'm sure you all already know this but that statement leads me to believe that it's OK to use the seat if the shoulders are higher than the slots but the ears are still under the top of the shell.
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    Re: How do you know if too tall for RF?

    And BTW it's just not fair that rules change and a larger announcement isn't made about it. It's no wonder there is so much misuse if you can't even get all the correct info from your manual.
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    Re: How do you know if too tall for RF?

    Quote Originally Posted by brightredmtn View Post
    I was reading the manual I downloaded last night from the website. Are the FAQs on a different spot on the website.

    Another interesting factoid from the harness height section was this:

    IMPORTANT: Once the top slots become necessary, the child may continue to use the restraint until the top of the ears
    become level with the top of the restraint shell or child’s weight exceeds 65 pounds(29 .5 kg)

    I'm sure you all already know this but that statement leads me to believe that it's OK to use the seat if the shoulders are higher than the slots but the ears are still under the top of the shell.
    It does lead you to believe that, but it's been confirmed by Britax that this is NOT okay. Once shoulders go over the top slots, the seat is outgrown... it also mentions this in another section of the manual.
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    Re: How do you know if too tall for RF?

    Quote Originally Posted by aidensmom02 View Post
    It does lead you to believe that, but it's been confirmed by Britax that this is NOT okay. Once shoulders go over the top slots, the seat is outgrown... it also mentions this in another section of the manual.
    Yes, I am pretty sure the Radian is the only seat that allows you to keep using it over the top slots. Am I correct in that thinking?
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    Re: How do you know if too tall for RF?

    Even my Scenera says it... I think it might be an FMVSS 213 standard?...Kind of like..."this is your FINAL WARNING, the seat is NOW TOO SMALL!!!!"

    The Radian is the only one where they swear and declare from here to there that you can use it over the top slots outside of the manual
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