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    Admin - CPST Instructor wendytthomas's Avatar
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    You don't see one of these too often

    Good thing, too.



    Looks like a Dorel Explorer, maybe? Which would have been last made in 1996. The car looked newer than that. But it's so hard to tell. You know, all those Mercedes E class wagons look the same from 1995-2002. Maybe they bought the car and the booster new together in 1996. I suspect, though, that the booster is older than the car.

    This was outside of one my local Targets. Inside I helped a mom buy a cheapie Cosco backless for her visiting five year old nephew, and convinced her to return the Nautilus she had just bought for her 1 year/20 pound son and buy him an EFTA or a True Fit instead and rear face him again. :-)

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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    I had a seat like that when I was little, and I am 23 now!! I actually see a lot of people use seats like that around me.
    Glad some people were willing to listen to your advice!
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    Yuck!
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    ICK!

    My mom had one of those for Josh. But his was oh so comfy blue vinyl.



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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    Lucky you that you don't see those too often - we see them all the time around here.

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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    My mom had those for us too - in the early 80s!
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    W(7/28) is rocking an Aton, S(3) rides in a Nextfit or RXT, O(6) has a Frontier 90, the big girls (9, 11) have Monterey Boosters and incognitos, and the oldest is 15, wears a seat belt and is driving!

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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    I should take a picture of my cousins. I believe she is about 8 or 9yrs old. Her seat is extra special! It's missing the cover, and doesn't have the top part at all.
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    I forgot what area I live in. I guess others would see these all the time. Not here, though. Here it's Britax central. I see people who aren't on car-seat.org driving around with two Regents. I do try to keep my feet on the ground and go out and do public checks often enough that I remember that my area is more affluent than the surrounding areas.

    It was just *so* gross! Ick ick ick.

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    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    Quote Originally Posted by desiree_leigh View Post
    Lucky you that you don't see those too often - we see them all the time around here.
    Yep. When people decide to use a seat at all.
    Mama to Madison 1/12 Johnathon 11/14

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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    I sat in one of those for a while, when I felt like it

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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    You'd think if they could afford a Mercedes, they could afford to update the car seat as well.

    Unless it's a grandparent who had the seat for a grandchild who has now outgrown it, but the grandparent never uninstalled teh seat cuz no one sits back there (back seat looks untouched).

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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    Quote Originally Posted by codex57 View Post
    You'd think if they could afford a Mercedes, they could afford to update the car seat as well.

    Unless it's a grandparent who had the seat for a grandchild who has now outgrown it, but the grandparent never uninstalled teh seat cuz no one sits back there (back seat looks untouched).
    I would say that is unlikely as there is a sippy cup on the floor.
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    YUCK! But yay for helping that mom!!



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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    I had one with that cover for Thomas. He was 2, I believe.

    I think the shell was different, though? It doesn't look right - I'm pretty sure it had belt guides for when you took the shield off. I know that's the same cover, though. I've got a pic of him in it somewhere, just haven't found it and scanned it yet!
    Debbie, CPST-I
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    yuck.
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    I saw what I'd bet was a 2yo in a vinyl-covered shield booster yesterday, rammed up against the car door and window, 2 other kids crammed in the backseat of a very small car. The booster was tipped almost sideways. And here I'm worrying about how much longer I can harness my 8yo in the Nauti? Gotta love New Mexico. That's normal around here.
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    My MIL has that same booster riding in her trunk. Just in case.

    She put my 2 year old daughter in that thing and went "down the road" once , unbeknownst to me.

    I need to confiscate it.
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    I had one with that cover for Thomas. He was 2, I believe.

    I think the shell was different, though? It doesn't look right - I'm pretty sure it had belt guides for when you took the shield off. I know that's the same cover, though. I've got a pic of him in it somewhere, just haven't found it and scanned it yet!
    The one Wendy posted was an Explorer I with a fixed shield. You likely had a Grand Explorer with the removable shield. Like this. I actually REALLY liked it as a backless booster. Josh was 5 there - ~44", 42#.



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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    Quote Originally Posted by TerisBoys View Post
    The one Wendy posted was an Explorer I with a fixed shield. You likely had a Grand Explorer with the removable shield. Like this. I actually REALLY liked it as a backless booster. Josh was 5 there - ~44", 42#.
    Yep, that looks more like it! Thanks!

    Am I right in remembering that the minimums on those were 1-and-30? Or was I actually using it too young? I can't imagine I'd have used that thing for my 2yo if he didn't meet the minimum requirements... although, anything's possible.
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    Re: You don't see one of these too often

    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    Yep, that looks more like it! Thanks!

    Am I right in remembering that the minimums on those were 1-and-30? Or was I actually using it too young? I can't imagine I'd have used that thing for my 2yo if he didn't meet the minimum requirements... although, anything's possible.
    I believe so. I know Josh used his w/ shield in Jeff's truck before we knew better. It was easy for Jeff to toss in the back of the cab (extended cab Sonoma) but have handy in case I got stuck at work and he had to pick Josh up from daycare. He kept using it as a backless until 2003 when he was riding in it when Jeff totaled the van (someone ran a light in front of him).



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