Re: compact car seat
- From: Anne Rogers <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2007 20:43:56 -0700
We just got a Fisher Price Safe Voyage carseat for the Bug. It's
actually made by Britax and is basically a stripped-down version of
the Marathon for around $180 (on sale at one website now for $130).
Since it's a convertible carseat you can start using it at any age and
they can stay in 5 point restraints to 55 pounds. It's big but very
well-proportioned -- the base is narrower than her Roundabout and when
I sit next to her in the back of our compact car there's more room for
me to sit comfortably.
You might want to consider it for your son too. We got it for the Bug
because she's nearing the 40lb limit for most carseats but since much
of her height is in her legs, the seatbelt straps hit a little too
high in the booster. When I looked at her well-check records and
realized how much slower they gain weight at this age spending the
money on a new convertible carseat didn't seem quite as unreasonable.
That's really helpful thanks, the seat we were thinking of for DS is the Safeguard Go Portable Booster, according to it's specifications it's 17inches wide at the base, compared to 19inches for the one you suggest, so I'm inclined to stick with that one. It has lots of other features that would be a bonus for us, it kind of rolls up, so it can be put in a suitcase, it also looks like a booster, with extra bits to turn it into a 5 point harness - which with a 4year old who's very aware that other kids his age have booster, is particularly advantageous, particularly as I'd guess he'd be 7 or 8 before hitting 40lb.
I measured our current seats, which are a Britax model not available in the US and I get 17inches, I wish I could find a manufacturer measurement so I knew I was comparing like with like, but there seems to be a different level of info provided on UK websites about car seats and even on the manufacturer's page I could only get weight, not dimensions. But looking at the shape of this one, it looks like it's a bit narrower on the base with the maximum width being higher up.
The one difference between this and the marathon is "The Safe Voyage Deluxe does NOT have built in belt lock-offs like the Marathon ", as what I imagine to be a belt lock off would be essential to securing it with a belt and the instructions say you can do this if LATCH is not available. On the other hand, been as this is going to be paid for by someone else and the one we currently have seems to be roughly equivalent to the Marathon on the British range of Britax seats, it would be justifiable - though on the other hand, it appears to weigh more and I expect to have to fly with it, so the lighter weight of the other one is an advantage.
I think I've figured out the locking thingy, it gives different instructions and requires purchase and use of a locking clip if you use it with a belt that doesn't have a locking clip - I've never come across a seat belt that doesn't have a locking mechanism, it's probably a non issue the only time I could think it would get used without the LATCH system would be if we went to the UK and we'd get a hire car which would be newish and would definitely have locking seat belts! Trying to think through all possible permutations!
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