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Several years ago I posted on this board seeking advice for carseats and learned a lot about RFing, proper installs, safest positions in the car, etc. Yesterday I was involved in a 4 car accident. It was very bad. The front end of my car was crushed, airbags deployed, and rescue personnel would have had to cut me out except I slithered out a window in a mad panic to get to my 9 month old baby who was in the car at the time. She was rear facing in a top-rated seat that was properly installed at the appropriate angle with properly secured harness straps and chest clip. And she was fine. Not one single bump, scratch, bruise, or anything. She isn't sore today (though Mama is feeling pretty rough) and stopped crying as soon as I pulled her out of the car - in no pain whatsoever. Thank you ladies for devoting your time to this board. You save lives
In other new, I am aware that both car seats that were in the car must be replaced immediately. I want one for the infant that will be suitable for ERF'ing but I need to eventually fit 3 across in the backseat. Unfortunately Radians stick too far into the front seat when RFing and don't allow enough leg room for me to operate the pedals.
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So glad to hear baby was ok! I hope you feel better too! Way to use your seat properly. I'm very passionate about this, all the time I'm still learning as I go.
I have recently posted about my struggles to find a good seat, and although I can't answer re. 3 across, I have settled on buying The First Years True Fit seat with the removable head rest. It'll stay in the car, but will have the proper recline for an infant without losing my front seat. As well as with the headrest attached can RF to 35lbs (not the max on the market, but by that point I may move baby #1 into a Diono if we have #2 around that time) because they won't need such a sharp recline.
Hope that helps, and be sure to stretch lots and possibly see a physiotherapist to help with any aches and pains from the accident!
Did you use the angle adjuster with the Radian? What vehicle will the seats be installed in? What are the ages, heights, and weights of the kiddos? Do you have a budget in mind?
Just a note for the future. You're actually NOT supposed to take the kids out of the car seats until they're medically cleared. If there's any damage to the spinal cord, keeping the kiddo in the seat will help preserve it, kind of like a back board. If EMTs try to take your kids out of the seats, tell them no. They can cut the seat belt or LATCH straps and transport your kiddo in the car seat to the hospital.