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July 21st, 2008, 11:39 PM
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I drive a 2-door Toyota Echo.
Kaitlyn, my 7yr old (48in, 52lb) uses a backless booster, she rides behind the driver.
Sean, my 3mo old (24in, 15lb) is in a Chicco Keyfit 30, and he rides behind the passenger seat.
With the Keyfit in the car, a short person (~5'4 or less?) can ride in the front passenger seat, but if the car seat was any longer, the passenger seat would not lock into place. I want to keep Sean RF until he's at least 30lbs (35 would be great), but I think he will be too tall for his Keyfit long before that (height limit of 30"). I don't know if there are any convertibles that will fit in my car RF... and that's without considering that I would have to be able to get back there to buckle/unbuckle him.

I would love to put him in a Radian when he outgrows the Keyfit, but I don't think it will fit RF. I haven't been able to find them locally to try it. Does anyone have any experience with convertible seats in a 2-door car? I have thought about trying to put a Radian RF in the center position, but I think it would be in my way when I'm driving, assuming that the top of the seat would fit between the two front seats.

I'd appreciate any help and suggestions. The only suggestion that I'm going to veto right away is getting a different car.


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July 22nd, 2008, 02:12 AM
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Yeah, I've done the rear-facing with a 2-door dance before. NOT fun, so I hear ya.

Well, considering that Britax and Radian's are the only models that can brace on the seat behind it (meaning the top of the shell can touch the passenger or driver's seat) you're pretty good going with those. Honestly, I don't think you'll get a Radian in there comfortably.

I've seen 2 RFing Marathons in an Echo. I've also seen the Compass True Fit in the Echo. Both had good installs. The True Fit has a removable head rest before 22 lbs. so that's a bonus. And also remember, once your baby has good head control (around 6 months old) he can be at a 30 degree angle. The 45 degree angle recline is for newborns.

I recommend a Marathon or a True Fit.
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July 22nd, 2008, 08:19 AM
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My mom uses an Evenflo Titan Elite in her Mustang, and it fits RF where I can ride (slightly cramped, at 5'4 and pregnant!) in the passenger seat. It goes up to 35lbs RF, and 50lbs FF. The slots seem pretty low to me, IMO. I don't think a child could make it to 50 lbs in there, but at only $99, usually (I bought it on sale for $69.99!) it's not a bad price for only using it for RF.

ETA: I think the harness slots are about 16 inches, but don't quote me on that.
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July 26th, 2008, 06:52 PM
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The Triumph advance slides down on the base while rear facing so it takes up less room front to back. It has much higher top slots tham the titan and will probably fit better and WILL most likely fit a 50 lb kiddo. The Radian may fit well in the center. I dont have a 2 dor but my car is TINY and it fits well, I don;t think that it will come too far forward as to affect your driving, but I would not buy one until you could try it out in your car.
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August 2nd, 2008, 08:02 PM
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What about a Roundabout? I know they are smaller than the marathon.

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