Reviews and Problems with Sunshine Kids RadianXTSL
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Potentially good ... but not quite
14 July 2010
Summary: We went for this because it saved a lot of width in the car. On that count, it delivers. It's significantly narrower than all the other competing models and we have 2 seats back that adults could sit in. Also, our little guy likes the seat, he will climb in by himself now. That being said, there are a lot of downsides: * It's heavy. Seriously. Don't believe those pictures with those happy people putting this thing on your back.
Summary: I like that this car seat has a steel frame and lasts till 80lbs, I wouldn't have to buy another one...or so I thought. I drive a volvo s-60 and there is no way I could get this seat installed at the right incline without having my front seats pushed as far up to the dash as they would go. My husband is 6'3" so it just didn't work out.
Very sturdy and comfortable but won't fit in some vehicles
1 July 2010
Summary: I chose this car seat after much review. This company does independent auto crash studies and from what I have researched this is one of the safest. My 5 month old daughter loves it and falls asleep quickly when we buckle her in. The only bad part is that the rear facing installation won't fit a lot of vehicles. We had ours installed by a car seat certified officer from a nearby police dept.
Summary: We love this seat. We've had no problem installing it in 2 different cars. It seems to be a very durable seat that will fit our daughter until she no longer needs any seat (booster or 5 pt harness). I love that it can be used for extended RF. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is it seems the buckle between my daughter's legs gets tight and digs into her stomach before the shoulder/chest harness is tight.
Summary: Written on my wife's log on since she technically purchased it. Got this car seat after a long search for a car seat that didn't sit so high. My car is a little low profile with a low roof line and a very narrow and small back seat space (Nissan GTR). Our Britex for the minivan was fine but the elevated base would put my son's head too close to the roof in the GTR, imho. After getting a recommendation to check out the Radian XT, I thought it was perfect.
Summary: Pros: safe, sturdy, steel frame as opposed to plastic with most other car seats, can be used up to 8 years as opposed with most other seats that go to 6 years, can be installed rear facing up to 45 pounds I believe and front facing up to 80 pounds, has a high back to accomodate the growing child, has the side impact protective foam, is somewhat portable (one of the only seats that folds in half), is approved for airline use, my child can easily get in and out of the seat...
Summary: I bought this seat because my 5 month old grew much faster than expected and I needed a seat that will stay rear facing for as long as possible. As far as I know this is the only seat that goes up to 45 lbs for the rear facing position. Most seats go only up to 35 lbs. The seat is heavy (as a lot of reviews point out), but I'm not planning on carrying it around. The build looks solid and my baby is very comfortable in the chair.
Summary: My 5 year old is petite and still weighs less that 40 lbs. A booster seat does NOT position her safely. A trial fitting had the booster seat shoulder strap across the base of her neck, a very unsafe positon and a booster seat would not provide the impact protection of this 5 point harness which holds her securely in her seat. A child can't squirm and pull the shoulder strap behind her back like so many children do in booster seats.
Summary: It was not easy to install the first time, but it will be from now on if it needs to be moved. It is narrow enough to fit in my Jetta and still allow room for two adults to sit comfortably in the back seat. It is tight on leg space for the front passenger when rear-facing, but not impossible. Baby loves being able to see out of the window better. She sleeps much better in the car now, as I suspect she is far more comfortable. I would recommend it to anyone.