Post car accident replace. of Diplomat
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|Fri, 09-24-2010 - 12:01pm|
Two weeks ago, my DH and oldest DD were in a rollover accident in our Grand Caravan. Thankfully, neither of them was hurt - not a scratch.
The van has been totaled out by the insurance company and they'll be reimbursing us to replace DD's retired Britax Diplomat, which we'll be destroying this weekend.
DH and I both recognize the severity of that crash and he 100% credits the Britax seat w/ keeping DD safe and unhurt. And, while I mostly agree w/ him, I also know that proper installation is to be credited too, since the most expensive seat can be useless if not installed correctly, while a less expensive one can be as effective as our Britax one was, if it's installed correctly.
So, I can't seem to sway him away from the Britax models ... except that the model we had (Diplomat) had the True Side Impact Protection (the crash was a side impact) and he'd like to have that feature again - but Britax doesn't seem to have that feature anymore w/ any of their seats. :(
We're not terribly fond of the Boulevard anymore, or much of Britax's new lineup of seats. And, I know that DH will not agree to buy a lesser-expensive seat - at least not after that wreck, which I can understand and respect.
But, that means we have NO idea what seat is a comparable replacement for the Diplomat we loved so much. We initially thought we'd replace w/ a Britax model, but the more we read, the less impressed we are w/ their current offerings. He "heard" about the Radian seats, so he wanted me to ask for opinions on those - or on any others that might be a suitable replacement. We're looking to spend in the $200-$275 range.
Thanks in advance! :)