Replacing seats after very minor accident.

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Replacing seats after very minor accident.
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 1:59pm
Hubby was in a very low speed (10-15 mph max) accident. Unfortunately it was SUV versus wall, and the wall did major damage to my front quarter panel. I have three Radian 65SL that, according to Diono and the NTSB guidelines are still safe. However, because the damage was pricey, insurance is willing to replace the seats. Now my questions:

My twins are 3.5, around 35 lbs and 36/37" tall. My older daughter is almost 6, 44" and 44lbs. These are my possible options (so far, feel free to give me more/better options)
1. Replace the twins with the equivalent seats (Radian r100) and put ODD in a Monterey.

2. Put twins in Graco Nautilus and ODD in a Monterey.

3. Put all three in Nautilus, get another few months of 5 pt harness for ODD before converting to a booster.

4. Use the current seats and buy a booster ODD and boosters for future use for the twins. That's my least favorite option for several reasons.

I have an '08 Chevy Tahoe. The twins are in the middle row, out board each. ODD is in the third row on the driver's side where there is a rear tether. Three across was only a concern in the early days when ODD was still a toddler and unable to buckle herself but now it isn't an issue.

Thank you in advance!!

Elissa
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Registered: 10-23-2003
Wed, 08-08-2012 - 3:19pm
Honestly I like the all 3 in a Graco Nautilius. The only thing though is try your kids out in it first. It does have high harness heights but the biggest complaint I have seen is the crouch buckle. It's a bit close and some kids don't like it. So try it out first and see how it fits. Since odd is only turning 6 soon and only 44 lbs I would keep here in a 5 pt till she turns 7 at least. Gl Dawn
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 6:17pm
Thank you. Seems that the insurance is going to give me what I paid for the radians, so I have about $650 to play with. Would you go with a Frontier or a Parkway for the older one?
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Registered: 10-23-2003
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:00pm
The Frontier is nice but a bit over kill on the weight limit. Your daughter is on the lighter side. That's why I think the Nautilius is a bit better. As long as it fits in the crouch area. Try it out first and see what you think about.

When does she turn 6? She is old enough for a booster though if you did want to do the booster seat. Then I think the Parkway is a good booster. It has an extra strap to make it a 4 pt seat. You don't have to use it and the name escapes me right now. Gl Dawn
Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:21pm
Hi Dawn, she turns six in November. She said the nautilus made her feel "squished" so we're going to go look at the Parkway for her. I figured a Frontier was a little bit of overkill, I just don't know anything but harnesses at this point. ;-)

Thanks again :-)
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Registered: 10-23-2003
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 12:01am
Here is a thought. Your twins are most likely heavier at there age the odd. Maybe buy them both a Frontier and odd a Parkway. The harness height is taller then the Graco seat. It also becomes a very tall high back booster seat. That seat would keep them harnessed till 7 and the keep them in a booster seat till they fit in an adult seat belt. Dawn
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