Question Best (hbb) Booster for fixed, angled, headrests? (Prius and Miata)


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Short Question is in the title: What is the best hbb for fixed, angled, headrests?

Long version:
My ILs bought a new Prius. The Turbo I had for DD in their car, has a HUGE gap, so I swapped out our Vivo for their Turbo. The Vivo works for now, but will also have a huge gap as soon as DD needs the next click up (still at least few months away). What is likely to work long-term outboard in a 2012 Prius?

My other problem is DH's Miata. DD rides in this car VERY rarely, so we had been moving her Vivo in there and it fits for now (will have gap in 1-2 clicks). Now that the Vivo is at my ILs house, we tried the Turbo, but the Turbo works even worse in there than in the Prius. We've tried the RSTV, but it also doesn't have the best belt fit in that car (it's great in the middle of our Jetta Sportwagen). What is likely to work long-term in the Miata?

I would consider a Combination seat for the Miata only b/c DH travels windy roads at higher speeds in that car (within the speed limit, but faster than most people in most cars could safely take those turns. The Miata is designed for it). However, she does great in a booster, so my pref would be to find a hbb for this car.

I will not consider a harnessed seat for my ILs car. They only drive her occasionally (2-6x/mth, but often pick her up directly from school, so using one of our seats is out), struggle with buckling harnessed seats (they try hard) and always drive her during the daytime (no sleeping).

I will also not consider a nbb at this time (besides, DD doesn't weigh enough for most of them and my MIL would be terrified to have DD outboard in a nbb).


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I don't have any suggestions, but the new Prius cars have non-removable headrests?!?! That knocks a newer version right off my list. :(


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As far as we could tell. The middle seat headrest is removable, but the seat is raised and narrow, so we couldn't get a good booster install. The outboard headrests raise/lower, but instead of removing, fold forward so that the seatbacks can be folded flat for more cargo room.

I wanted to look at the manual to make sure there wasn't a trick that would allow it to be removed, but didn't have time and the Vivo fits for now. I'll try to get a look tomorrow when we travel down to their house.


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Just Updating:

We read my ILs manual for their Prius and the headrests ARE removable. Now that we know how, it is actually quite easy.

We removed the headrest b/c we needed to raise the headrest on DD's Vivo anyway. The next time we see them, we plan to trade back. We'll take back the Vivo which fits (for now anyway) in DH's Miata and put the Turbo back in their Prius with the headrest removed.

Still looking for a long-term booster for the Miata. . . .

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