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My son is in a My Ride 65 RF, his legs are getting longer but he only weighs 27lbs so I don't want to FF him yet. Is is safe to recline the actual seat in my van to allow for more leg room. I was thinking about how it could give a child with longer legs more room, but I don't know how safe that is. Anyone know?
It's ok for his legs to touch the vehicle seat, and it's ok for his legs to be bent. It doesn't make him unsafe, or uncomfortable. And no, you can't recline the vehicle seat a ton to make for more leg room. My older DD comfortably chose to RF in our MR65 when she was 4.5 years old, and 43 inches tall, she has long legs. The MR65 already provides a ton of leg room, compared to some other seats, because of the depth of the seating area.
Over the last 5-6 years, some vehicle manufacturers have developed some very specific rules with regards to seat recline when child restraints are installed. Some cars allow it, some don't. Some allow a few clicks, some allow none. Read your vehicle manual, it will tell you if you can or can not.
My 2yr9mo old daughter, who is outgrowing 4T jeans by length (38.5 inches, 36.5 pounds), is still happily rear facing in our My Ride 65 and our vehicle seats don't recline, since I have a car.
Last edited by ::er!ca::; March 20th, 2011 at 06:00 AM.
Just a note, in SOME vans, it is actually required to recline the seat a little bit if you use LATCH. My neighbor has a grand caravan and it has to be reclined 2 "clicks" since she uses LATCH. So double check the manual. They aren't always super clear about their *rules* lol.
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