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    spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    I've heard a couple people say that using the harness straps to carry the seat like a backpack is okay to do.

    The instructor for my CPST course told me that's how she carries her seats when they travel (a MA and a RA). I thought it was kind of odd at the time...

    Will that not cause any damage to the straps?
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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    Britax CLEARLY warns against doing that. It can significantly damage the seat!!!

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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    I mentioned carrying the Radian by it's harness straps because it is allowed specifically IN the manual. I can find the quote and edit this with it in a few... seat is in the car and DH has it on a lift fixing a joint :-)

    I would not suggest it across the board, but for the Radian it is okay!

    ETA: Thanks Dillipop. I never got to my manual last night!
    Last edited by skipspin; 12-13-2006 at 09:18 AM.


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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    Britax used to have a warning on their website about carrying the restraint by the harness. I can't find it! Sorry!

    I will keep looking!

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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    This came from the same instructor who did have the HUGS on her FF MA. I let her know they needed to be on. I should have figured.

    Thanks for the info!
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    Sidney, 5yo, 47lbs, Graco TB
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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    Ugh--I must have missed that, Alicia. What an awful instructor, to be making two mistakes that Britax expressly forbids.
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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    Radian manual page #9, "Restraint may be carried by the red carry strap (fig. 1), the plastic side (fig 2), or by the shoulder harness strap (fig 3)." Right above this in red it states "WARNING: Do not carry restraint by harness adjuster strap (see diagram, page 3). This can damage the mechanism and the webbing."

    Britax marathon manual page 3 "Never use the adjuster strap to lift or carry this child restraint. Doing so could cause damage to the harness adjuster and webbing. Always carry this child restrain by the shell or tether straps."

    The marathon instructions are a little vague about carrying by the harness straps themselves. It does not expressly say that you can or can not use them to carry the seat, just that you can not use the adjuster strap. I guess you can infer that you can not carry it by the harness because it suggests carrying by the shell or tether straps. I really wish the britax manual were a bit clearer in important things like this and the rfing height limits and such!


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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alicia-N-2SafeBugs View Post
    I've heard a couple people say that using the harness straps to carry the seat like a backpack is okay to do.

    The instructor for my CPST course told me that's how she carries her seats when they travel (a MA and a RA). I thought it was kind of odd at the time...

    Will that not cause any damage to the straps?
    I just got my Radian and it says you CAN'T carry it by the the straps - only can carry it by the red carry strap or the shoulder strap that is sold separately by Sunshine kids.

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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    I tried it once just around the house for a couple of minutes and the straps cut into my shoulders and cut off the circulation to my arms. This was with a Marathon.
    4 1/2 y.o.; 41"; 36 lbs. in a Britax Marathon and Regent.

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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    I've looped the d-ring around the metal bar in the back of the seat and clipped the tether to it, then used the tether to carry it as a backpack. I'll never do it again, but I did do it once.

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    Question Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillipop View Post
    Radian manual page #9, "Restraint may be carried by the red carry strap (fig. 1), the plastic side (fig 2), or by the shoulder harness strap (fig 3)." Right above this in red it states "WARNING: Do not carry restraint by harness adjuster strap (see diagram, page 3). This can damage the mechanism and the webbing."

    Britax marathon manual page 3 "Never use the adjuster strap to lift or carry this child restraint. Doing so could cause damage to the harness adjuster and webbing. Always carry this child restrain by the shell or tether straps."

    The marathon instructions are a little vague about carrying by the harness straps themselves. It does not expressly say that you can or can not use them to carry the seat, just that you can not use the adjuster strap. I guess you can infer that you can not carry it by the harness because it suggests carrying by the shell or tether straps. I really wish the britax manual were a bit clearer in important things like this and the rfing height limits and such!


    Just to clarify - the SHOULDER HARNESS STRAP ( pg 9 radian manual) is the strap that does NOT come with the seat and has to be purchased separately? Just wanted to be sure.

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    Re: spin off...using harness straps to carry seat as a backpack?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamwith3bugs View Post
    Just to clarify - the SHOULDER HARNESS STRAP ( pg 9 radian manual) is the strap that does NOT come with the seat and has to be purchased separately? Just wanted to be sure.
    Nope. That is not what is in my manual. In my manual it shows a picture of a woman carrying the seat by the child's harness straps as they come out of the back of the seat.

    HOWEVER: I just checked the online manual and they have changed it since my seat was manufactured. It is no longer allowed and they show the optional strap instead. The new seats can be carried by the red strap, the plastic sides or the luggage like strap. My older seat does not have webbing for a strap to attach to like the new ones.

    I would call sunshine kids to see if the seat should come with the strap or not. And to find out where to buy it if it is not supposed to be sold with the seat.


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