For those of you who have been around for a while, you know I’ve been debating what car seat to get Mason for months and months. Heck, if I debate and research forever over a $100 electronics item, I’m definitely going to do the same with a $200+ car seat that protects my kid’s life and that’s going to be around hopefully for many many years. As most of you know, my only real huge soapbox topic around here is extended rear-facing. I believe every child should be rear facing until they are at least 2 years old. So a carseat that realistically could make that happen for us had to have a rear facing weight of 40 lbs (hopefully more) and a decent height as well.
So after endless debate, a fellow mommy’s rave reviews, and more endless debate, we decided on the Sunshine Radian XTSL. Steel body, 45 pound rear facing limit, and the ONLY negative reviews I read anywhere were that it was insanely hard to install….
Well, to make a long story short, ordered it, got it, and after over 5 hours of trying, we can’t get the thing to work safely in my Lumina. It won’t fit in an outboard position and the center lapbelt can not get tight enough to make the seat work properly. So, so much for all of my hard work and research *sigh*
But, being that we were starting to feel like Mason’s car seat straps were going to turn him into a hunchback, I didn’t have another 5 months to spend researching carseats, so I went with our number two choice. Mason would like to introduce you to his new friend.