Three across and upper tether question

krasota

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I'm doing favors for two friends on Monday. This is really a one-time thing for one trip across town and back. I need to be able to transport a 5mo infant and two 3.5yo kiddos in my 97 Crown Vic. No lower anchors, so no LATCH installs.

I own three seats: Cosco Scenera 40RF, SS1, Britax Boulevard. My 3.5yo son usually RF in his Boulevard, but I don't mind FF for a trip to make this easier. I only have one upper tether anchor point (retrofit on the rear passenger side)

I have solid, independent installs on all three as follows: Scenera FF, SS1 in the middle (lapbelt), Blvd FF. The convertibles are installed with the lap/shoulder belt. Since I only have one upper anchor, would it be better for the Scenera or Blvd to be tethered? I can't get the bucket and blvd RF side by side. They puzzle just fine with the blvd FF.

I can get the seats these children normally ride in. The baby is in a keyfit, the older girl is in a Radian of one flavor or another.

I *might* be able to get the Scenera in RF, but I'll need to go cut some noodles into a pyramid. I don't think it will puzzle, though. The other 3.5yo can only FF on this trip (she might be too tall for the Scenera RF and she's over the 33lb RF limit on the Blvd). My child fits RF in either convertible.

So, thoughts?
 
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Keeanh

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Well, my first thought is, give the RF Scenera a try. I'm pretty sure you don't need noodles. I don't. I just jam the "foot" into the vehicle seatback, like a baseless infant seat install. Or maybe RF the Radian?

Sorry, I don't know enough of the science to make a decision about tethering -- it's a moot point for me since I live in Canada.
 

krasota

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Wwithout noodles, the Scenera is extremely upright in my vehicle. It's about 25-30° with one noodle. I'll see if it puzzles tomorrow.

I won't be able to get the Radian until the day of, so there's no way to know ahead of time whether it will make things easier.
 

Keeanh

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Wwithout noodles, the Scenera is extremely upright in my vehicle. It's about 25-30° with one noodle. I'll see if it puzzles tomorrow.

I won't be able to get the Radian until the day of, so there's no way to know ahead of time whether it will make things easier.

Yeah, I know. Okay, the "foot" at the front of the Scenera, where the child's feet would be if FF... you get behind the RF seat and jam that "foot" into the vehicle's seatback. It's okay if there's a gap underneath it. Just cinch it in good and it won't go anywhere. The first time I did it, my Scenera was over-reclined, LOL! Give it a try.

I hope someone else has opinions for you on not tethering. I understand it has to do with head excursion, so I think it would depend greatly on what is in front of the seats.
 

krasota

Well-known member
DS made it easier for me. He told me in no uncertain terms that he would NOT ride in a car with a baby. DS was my carseat screamer (until 2y) and he's not keen on younger children making noises in the car. Having a non-compliant 3.5yo next to a 5mo baby would be kind of hairy.

So he's staying home with DH (WAHD) and I'm taking the baby with me in the bucket. Friend's 3.5yo DD can ride in the tethered FF Blvd. No need for a three across.
 

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