I've never had it loosen one tiny bit, so I'm happy to use it up to my vehicle's limits, which is 40 lbs. I have to take the Safe Stop off then anyway, so I'll reinstall with the seat belt at that point.
:yeahthat: And only if I coldn't get a good seatbelt install. Our RN has been out of circulation for about a year now, since DS turned FF at 4.5. I occasionally use it in a friends car, or if I need to do 3 across in the middle row of my van (I can't get the FR to install there with the lap belt). I just don't trust the SL beyond the vehicle limits (and DS is at the limit now).I'll use it up to the weight limits set by the car (or 48 lbs--whichever comes first), but not beyond.
this is my general latch rule (no matter what the CR manufacturer said).I'll use it up to the weight limits set by the car (or 48 lbs--whichever comes first), but not beyond.
An 06 Caravan has cinchable latchplates, but the Radian may not be compatible with the seatbelt because of the fixed forward tilting buckle stalks. I have an 02 Caravan and the Radian only installs acceptably with the seatbelt in the third row. Second row only works with latch (IME).I use the latch but now you have me worried. I don't like the non-locking seat belt in our van ('06) caravan and it never seems to stay locked when I try with just the seat belt.
Seatbelts have been used for decades to hold weights far greater than car seats.Car seats themselves aren't tested in every vehicle on the market. There is a good deal of extrapolation that goes on. I don't understand why a 3 point belt is assumed to be safer when we really don't have proof that it's safe either, with diono, or anyone else for that matter. Aren't they only required to test with uas and lap belt?
Yeah, I was referring to connectors on the seats, but speculating that it might be due to the strength of the anchors.Jennie, I thought that the rule was going to say car seats couldn't be labeled to higher than that, not the anchors. FWIW, Diono is apparently lobbying to get an exemption to that labeling requirement. Not that I entirely disagree on the audacity assessment.
What is the kabblosh anyway?Seatbelts have been used for decades to hold weights far greater than car seats.
LATCH is a relatively very new system, and, for whatever reason, has very low limits placed on it. Next year, new regulation is going to set ALL LATCH connectors (going forward) at 65 lbs max TOTAL weight of child plus restraint. Is that because the anchors truly can't hold more? Or because it's just easier to make things artificially low? Some other reason? I don't know.
But the fact that the federal government is essentially putting the kabblosh on SuperLATCH says something.
FTR, the SuperLATCH loosening is less of a concern to me than the fact that Sunshine Kids/Diono is telling people to disregard their vehicles' instructions. I don't like that kind of audacity.
Would the connectors be the part that is on the restraint, that hooks to the anchors?LATCH is a relatively very new system, and, for whatever reason, has very low limits placed on it. Next year, new regulation is going to set ALL LATCH connectors (going forward) at 65 lbs max TOTAL weight of child plus restraint. Is that because the anchors truly can't hold more? Or because it's just easier to make things artificially low? Some other reason? I don't know.
What is the kabblosh anyway?
LOL, yes. Thank you, iPhone. It will also rock the casbah.I think she meant kibosh.
The new regulations will require child restraints to set LATCH limits not to exceed 65 lbs for the total weight of the child and the seat. (I was speculating on the reasons why--whether it's connector-on-the-seat strength, anchor strength, just because they need some number, etc.)Would the connectors be the part that is on the restraint, that hooks to the anchors?
I know the new regulations have been discussed at length, and will be hunting up threads to do more reading, just wanted to see if I was reading that one bit right.
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