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Old 10-16-2000, 06:00 AM   #1
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Question Question for all you parents out there...

My wife and I are expecting our first in about 7 months and being the dilligent (read: anal retentive) people we are, we've started looking into child car seats. So, my question to you all is - what car seats work well with the RS sedan? Or, in the alternative, what car seats work horribly with the RS sedan, so we know what to avoid? TIA.
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Old 10-16-2000, 07:17 AM   #2
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I don't know about fitting in the car, since my two are teenagers now, but some things to look for:

Can you open and close it with one hand in one motion?

Pinchability - can the kids' fingers/toes/legs/arms or any other body parts get pinched in the opening/closing process?

Washability - does the cover come off the frame easily so it can be put in the washing machine?

I'd put all of these over ease of installing and removing the seat. If you have more than one car buy one for each vehicle.

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Old 10-16-2000, 07:33 AM   #3
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Hey I am no dad.. but the racing clothing manufacturer Simpsons makes a child seat with a 5 point racing harness. Looks just like a racing car seat. It passes all the safety standards, and looks good to boot.

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Old 10-16-2000, 07:51 AM   #4
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We've recently purchased an intersting combination of stroller, carrier, and car seat. For infants this thing is wonderful and will continue to be useful as the child gets bigger.

My favorite part is the way the car seat connects. The 'base' for the car seat is always in the car. You don't have to remove it unless you want to. You take the stroller, pop out the infant seat portion, and pop it into the car seat base. Easy.

Hold on, let get the brand name for it...

Its made by Cosco and is called the Explorer All-Terrian Stroller, Model 01-877.

Here is a link with more info: http://www.coscoinc.com/products/juv...l#explorermate

Or simply goto www.coscoinc.com Lots of cool stuff!

By the way, Congratulations!!!!


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Old 10-16-2000, 07:51 AM   #5
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Yeah a guy at my church has one of those for his kids, looks pretty cool.........for a car seat.
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Old 10-16-2000, 09:34 AM   #6
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While we're mentioning race-equipment manufacturers, Recaro also has a child-safety seat. While I've seen the Simpson (It looks a tad gimmicky to me), the Recaro looks more like it's just a well-designed child seat.
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Old 10-16-2000, 09:50 AM   #7
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Our first car seat was the Even-Flo Medallion, it seats children (including infants) 5lbs to 40lbs. It fits in the car fine, but was a little awkward(sp) when it was rear-facing (infant) in both of our 2 door Impreza's. It would have been much easier with a sedan (4-door). Now that my daughter is in the toddler stage, my wife uses the Even-Flo in her Impreza (forward facing now) and I bought a Century toddler seat for the RS.

The Simpson seat IIRC is a toddler seat only, it's not made for newborns or infants.

Also be sure when you install the seats you do them correctly and as tightly as possible, they are only as good as their install.

And finally congratulations DAD! Wecome to the club

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Old 10-16-2000, 10:36 AM   #8
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Thumbs up

I just got one of the best carseats I've ever come across. I've used a few but this one is honestly the best and will fit the RS nicely. It's called a Britax Roundabout. E-mail me direct if you need specifics I don't want to bore anyone here about what is good about it. But I have a few good links where to buy it and some info in it. One of the best features though is you can use a tether even when it's in the rear facing position. It has this special tether, it's like the damn seat is welded in place. Very nice (read not too cheap either but like a helmet 5 dollar helmet 5 dollar head)
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Old 10-16-2000, 10:44 AM   #9
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I have absolutely no helpful advice on car seats but I do wanna say congrats!
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Old 10-16-2000, 10:53 AM   #10
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Congrats AudiGuy!!!

Both of my kids are in booster seats for awhile now, so I have no experience with them in my RS, however, anything from Fisher Price is great quality and usually very safe.

We have two FP booster seats and they are rated #1 for booster seats by consumers reports (at least they were when we bought them two years ago).

Hope this helps.

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Old 10-17-2000, 12:17 AM   #11
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I've seen a child seat by TRD. Looks good. The "harness" for it is mighty safe as well...and the entire seat is very well bolstered and cushioned.
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Old 10-17-2000, 12:54 AM   #12
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I'd like to add my Congradulations as well AudiGuy.

I'd Also Like to Comment on the Recaro Child Seat someone mentioned. I warn that I am not a parent (well, okay I have a four legged girl that runs the house, but I'm not sure she qualifies: Rottweiller). However, I have read about them, and apparently they have taken top honors in European testing, bettering other offerings by far when it comes to both safety and longevity, as this seat converts and is suppose to be good up through the booster seat years. And not only the safety aspect, but hell, its the only Kewl lookig Safety seat I've yet seen...

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