Britax Roundabout

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Britax Roundabout
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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 6:28am
I've been looking for a gently used car seat so we can have one for my parents' car. A woman from my LLL group has a very gently used Britax Roundabout and is willing to sell it to me for $70. It expires 10/10/2013.

A few questions:

I've heard good things about Britax in general. Does anyone own this model? How do you like it?

I know Britax seats aren't cheap so does $70 sound like a reasonable offer?

Lastly, should I buy a seat that only has about 2-1/2 years left on it?

Thanks so much ladies!!

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Registered: 02-27-2008
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 1:10pm
We have a Britax Marathon and we like it - I got it for a reasonable price ($160 I think). The only thing I don't love about it is that it doesn't RF as high as others (ours goes to 35 lbs RFing), and given that Eliza is already off the growth charts, I'm concerned that she will get to be 35 lbs before I'm ready to turn her, which will force me to buy a new seat.

$70 is a great price as long as you are confident that it has not been in an accident.

That being said, I think most Britax go up to 60-65 lbs FFing (ours goes to 65 lbs) so, potentially, Selin could be using the seat for well past 2.5 years so you'd need to buy a new one (although I don't know much about expiration dates and car seats -- how important is it to replace them when they expire?).

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 1:56pm
Is it a roundabout or a roundabout 50? I would not buy a Roundabout, it has very low top slots, in fact if you are going to go with something like that just go ahead and get a Scenera for $50, it rear-faces longer then the old school roundabout and it forward faces just as long. Desmond would have been out of the old school roundabout, the one that only goes to 40 pounds forward facing, by 2 1/2 just like he was with the Scenera. It really is not worth the $70, there are seats you can get new that aren't Britax, but cost the same or less and last for longer.

If it is a roundabout 50 on the other hand it is a decent deal it has the same shell as an old school Marathon, and will rear-face and forward face for a reasonable amount of time. in 2 1/2 years Selin will be 3 1/2 and you can decide if you are getting her a new convertible or forward facing only seat at that point in time, that will last her to booster age, or even till she only needs a low back booster. It is a decent price for that type of use.



Thank you for the sig Mary

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 2:01pm
Ella it is very important to replace car seats when they expire. Plastic breaks down, sure using a car seat 1 or 2 months past expiration or even a year past the expiration date likely won't cause any harm in an accident, but do you want to take the risk that the plastic has broken down enough to no longer hold the harness in the shell in an accident?

Plus there are tons of new improvements in even 1 to 3 years in the car seat world, safety is always improving, by the time a car seat expires 6 or 8 years after it is made, there have likely been a ton of new safety improvements to car seats, that you can now take advantage of.

Just as an example, we have an old school Marathon that rear-faces to 33 pounds. Shortly after we got it they came out with the 35 pound rear-facing Marathons. Now they have a completely redesigned Marathon that has a new shell and is different from the old Marathon and rear-faces to 40 pounds. It has a new and improved shell, it has head type wings and a special change for forward facing to help when a child is thrown forward in a crash. It is a completely different seat then the one I got 3 years ago when Desmond was about to turn 1.



Thank you for the sig Mary

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 2:41pm

I have a Britax Roundabout 55, and I'm only lukewarm about.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 8:50pm
Thanks ladies. I confirmed that it is the 40lb Roundabout so guess I should pass. I didn't realize I could get a new one for $50!

Our two current car seats (Graco, exact same seats, great condition) were given to us by my friend who no
longer needed them so I haven't really done a lot of
research on car seats. Guess I have some shopping to do!

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 10:16pm
You can't get a Roundabout for $40, but there are a number of convertible seats, that you can get for under $70 new. Ask about them first though since some are better and last longer then others.

For example as a backup seat for under $70 the Scenera is from Target rear and forward faces to 40 pounds for around $40, it doesn't rear-face till 40 pounds if you get it from all stores though so you have to be careful to read the tags.

I don't remember all the car seats that are suggested in that price range but if you ask on car-seat.org someone will be able to help you or there maybe a link there can help.



Thank you for the sig Mary

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 02-12-2011 - 10:41am
Thanks so much, Sarah! You are a fountain of knowledge! I'll let you guys know what we end up buying. ;-)