Car Seat Questions

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Car Seat Questions
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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 2:22pm

I am starting to research Convertible Car Seats. I looked on carseatdata.org and found a few that were recommended for my vechile (I have a mazda 6). I had emailed some friends of mine to see what they had and one of my friends offered to sell me her car seat.

She has the Evenflo Triumph. It was bought 2 years ago, but has only been used for about 6 months. I was looking at Consumer Reports and it got a 70 out of 100, which was the highest they gave any of the car seats (including the britax's). But I did notice that it said the following: Some Evenflo Triumph Advance seats manufactured prior to 12/4/2008 exhibited cracking in simulated crash tests with a toddler-sized dummy in a rear-facing position. Although some of these cracks resulted in the shoulder belt leaving the seat's belt path, the seats still would have scored 'good' for crash protection. Evenflo has since modified the seats at issue and samples of the Triumph Advance seats manufactured from 12/4/2008 forward did not crack in our tests.

This has made me nervous, since hers was bought 2 years ago, it was before the 12/4/2008 mark and so I am wondering if it would be worth the deal she is giving me on it. I don't care how much I spend I want Gabby to be safe.

So I have some questions for you ladies

1. Would you buy a used car seat from a friend knowing that it wasn't in any accidents etc?

2. Would you buy this used car seat knowing the above information from consumer reports?

3. What did you look for in a convertible car seat when you had to buy one?

Thanks in advance!



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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 2:59pm

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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 4:06pm

1. Would you buy a used car seat from a friend knowing that it wasn't in any accidents etc?

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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 8:05pm

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Sat, 11-06-2010 - 10:23am

1. Would you buy a used car seat from a friend knowing that it wasn't in any accidents etc?




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Registered: 02-26-2008
Sat, 11-06-2010 - 11:28pm

Thanks ladies! I knew you would have some advice.


Sarah - Great point on the length of the car seat. I totally was forgetting that they expire. Something that will fit into our discussion about the car seat.

SO many things to keep in mind. Good thing I am starting now!



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Mon, 11-08-2010 - 9:08am

This is a late reply to this question, but I thought I'd respond to #3 since I actually have a Evenflo Triumph

We liked the Graco Myride 65, and the Evenflo Triumph and Symphony (I think the symphony, whatever their other convertible is).

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Registered: 07-07-2003
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 2:18pm

This is another late reply... but I thought that I would share anyway.

I would never buy a used car seat, regardless of whether or not you know the previous owner.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 4:14pm
Just a quick point almost no 3 year old has mature enough bones to go to a high back booster no matter how tall they are. Also the Alpha Omega make a bad booster and tends to get bad ratings in the National Highway Safety tests. Their bones are just not mature enough no matter how big they are. They have a far likelier change of submarining under the seat belt in an accident, and they are rarely mature enough to sit correctly 100% of the time.

You can get a forward facing harness to booster seat that should last a long time. The Nautilus is a great seat and will harness him most likely till at least 4, which is really the bare minimum for booster usage though 5 is normally better because the child is more mature and able to sit correctly more often.

Also depending on the seat you can rear-face a long time. DS rear-faced to 2 1/2 when he was 36 inches and 32 pounds and at 3 1/2 if I wanted to turn him rear-facing again I could and he would fit with room in our Radian and still have at least a year more he could rear-face. He would have outgrown the Alpha Omega harnessed forward facing at 2 1/2 fyi. He was 20 pounds by 6 months too, so technically he weighed enough to go forward facing then, it just won't have been safe.

FYI if I put my 19 pound 20 month old forward facing in the minivan we rented this summer she could have kicked the front passenger seat too, but that doesn't mean she is big enough to be forward facing.



Thank you for the sig Mary