Britax vs Diano or Anything Else?

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Registered: 01-03-2013
Britax vs Diano or Anything Else?
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Thu, 01-03-2013 - 4:46pm

I need to buy new seats for my girls and am stuck between the Diano Raiden and the Britax Frontier or is there something else I should be considering? 

My girls are 3 and 5 and weigh 30 and 35 pounds respectivly. One is 38 inches the other is 42, they are both forward faceing now. I just can't figure out which seat is best. I asked a carseat tech and they said the Britax but didn't know why so that wasn't a huge help. I like both but am not tied to anything I just have to make a decision LOL. Help! 

Not worried about size or cost I just want them to be in whatever is safest. Thank you in advance for any ideas! 

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Registered: 03-05-2013
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 7:28pm

Sorry for late reply, you may have already made this purchase.  Keeyamah's reply referenced what is probably the 3 most popular "convertible" boosters.  The IIHS rates all three as "Best Bet" boosters (http://www.iihs.org/research/topics/boosters/best_bets.aspx) which means that all three meet or exceed NHTSA safety requirements.

The Graco 3-in-1 converts from a FF harness to a FF backless, belt positioning booster that is rated up to 100 lbs and 57 inches.

The Radian RXT is the most versatile of the three as it accommodates children from 5 lbs to 120 lbs.  However, it remains a highback, belt positioning booster and is rated to 120 lbs and 57 inches.

The Britax Frontier 85 is also a highback, belt positioning booster rated to 120 lbs but goes up to 65 inches.  The Frontier 85 SICT offers a little more side impact protection but both models are safe.

So it looks like you might get a little longer use out of the Britax since it is rated to 65 inches but in the end it is what best fits your child.  One common complaint of the Britax is that the crotch belt does not have enough adjustment and becomes uncomfortable. 

In the end I think it would be best to actually go to the store and have your children sit in the seats and see if there is one that fits best.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 10:41am

Safest is what fits your kids, your car and will be used properly every time the kids are in it. I honestly think that either seat would be, in a sense, overkill for your girls. The Radian would allow them to Rearface still, I've heard and seen (in photos) of kids up to 44 inches still RFing. The Frontier would keep them harnessed until they are around 8 years old, most likely. Also the Radian doesn't make a good booster (if you're looking at that model), the seat belt routing in booster mode tends to hold the seat belt away from kids. The Frontier is a great booster, but it is only a High Back Booster (HBB). Of course it lasts to 120lbs as a booster. One seat you could also look at is the Graco Nautilus, it would harness your girls until 6 or 7, then its a HBB, then a NBB (no back).

I'd bet the reason the sales person said that Britax is better is because several years ago they were THE top of the line in car seat safety. Now, in many car seat technication's mind, other brands have surpassed them in many ways. RFing length by height, RFing leg room, time lasting FF due to height, other things that my lack of coffee mind can't think of, lol.

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