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Old 12-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

1. What type of vehicle do you have?
2. RF, FF, or both?
3. Why do YOU think Consumer Reports put the RXT near the bottom of their ratings for ease of use, RF fit to vehicle, and FF fit to vehicle?

**ETA one more:
4. How do you feel about the Radian? Love it, hate it, indifferent?

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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Re: If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

I don't own an RXT but I'm a tech that has worked with them and I have a 65SL.

1. '03 Jeep Liberty. I have installed it in an '02 Expedition and an '09 G8
2. Rear facing only in all but the Liberty. I have installed it RF and FF in the Liberty.
3. Honestly? Because Consumer Reports doesn't bother to read manufacturer instructions when "testing" car seats. I don't trust anything they have to say about them. The Radian has quirks and there are people that straight up hate it for various reasons. I like our Radian and I haven't had any problems installing it. With the angle adjuster, the Radian fits in a lot of places it didn't fit before.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:42 PM   #3
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Re: If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

I have an XTSL, not a RXT, but I'll answer your questions:

1. We have a 2001 Jetta and a 2005 Jeep Liberty
2. We've used it RFing and FFing in both cars.
3. WNot sure. It's very easy to instal rear facing and forward facing in both of our vehicles, and my DD loves it. The only thing I don't like about it is how hard it is to tighten the harness.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:48 PM   #4
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Re: If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

I have an 07 accord.
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It's a beast! It's heavy and the angle and height of the slot where the buckle goes is awkward. Most buckles either want to suck inside of it or get stuck on the edge. But I love how narrow it as and it works great. I don't use the latch install after reading about it coming loose.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:03 AM   #5
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I have an xtsl that's been RFing in our 2005 corolla and 2007 Prius, with and without the AA.
RFing only so far, except on an airplane.
I think it's got a slight learning curve, but honestly that's true of most carseats, IMO. I think consumer reports ratings on carseats are pretty bogus.
Eta: I lean more towards love than hate, but it's got a few quirks that irritate me.
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Re: If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

I just added another question - do you like your Radian?

I've had Britax, BabyTrend, and Chicco seats and I've had mixed feelings about a couple of them (one of my 3 Britax seats is terrible to tighten/release the harness and we are thinking of replacing it; the BabyTrend was not easy to use at all; Loved 2 Britax, Loved the Chicco).

My goal is to replace the evil-harness seat with something that DS can grow with (he's currently RF, 3.75 years and 33lb), but I need a seat that will also fit in narrow spaces. The Radian seems to fit those needs, but I don't want to be frustrated with another seat. If that's the case I'll just keep him in the seat he has and deal with the rough harness.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:11 AM   #7
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Re: If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

I agree that CR ratings don't always mean much, especially since all seats they test have already met standard safety requirements/ratings. However, I have found their "ease of use" rating to be accurate for all the seats I've owned (good and bad). As far as "fit to vehicle," I think that 100% depends on the vehicle and the seat.
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Re: If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

Fit to vehicle is completely dependent on the vehicle so it's pretty absurd that they even have that as a category. Consumer Reports is one of the big reasons so many people bought Dorel 3 in 1 seats. CR thought those were the end all be all and we all know what most techs think of them .

I really like our Radian. Know that the harness adjuster is a ratcheting motion rather than a smooth pull. Some parents get really frustrated at that, especially if they didn't know about it going in.
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Re: If you have a Radian RXT - a few questions.

Our Radian harnesses are nearly impossible to tighten (and yes, I've tried all the tricks, and yes, I know it is a ratcheting adjuster). I use them only when I need them for 3 across, or if all our other seats are in use.

ETA: OP, what seat do you have now?

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1. What type of vehicle do you have? 2010 Dodge Ram extended/crew cab? Whichever has the most room in the backseat.
2. RF and briefly FF since we lost the base at the airport and had to wait for a replacement.
3. I think its easy to use, but it is a beast and has been hard to fit in some rental cars IME. It seems super easy to fit FF, though, so not surr about that one. My only beef with it is tightening the straps. Its a pita.
4. I like mine except for the strap tightening issue. I cant say I love it because I dont have much experience with other car seats.
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