Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: XS
More questions about car seats
I'm a little late in seeing this post. Can you believe it's been almost 2 years since I last logged in? Blame it on work and family responsibilities. I love my 04 XS Forester, but need advice about car seats, so I'm glad someone started this topic. Long post, so I'm going to try and boldface my questions so ya'll can just scan what I write.
I am currently using a Britax Roundabout for my almost 2 year-old daughter. It sits front facing in the center rear with seat belt to hold the seat securely in place. Car seat is very secure and won't move. If I remember correctly though, the manual wants me to install the seat at the sides, but I'm very concerned about the side air bags deploying so close to my daughter. I bought a Recaro Start at such a great price so I'm saving it for when she needs to move to a booster and will put her in the center also. Will the side airbags hurt kids when they deploy?
The Roundabout will last up to 40 lbs, but I am debating on whether I should get the Safeguard Go Hybrid car seat instead, because the Roundabout is a big seat. It places my daughter close enough to the front seats so she pushes her feet against the seats.
My concern is that she will get hurt in an accident. Will her legs absorb some of the impact? Seats are soft, so am I worrying over nothing? Should I switch car seats because my daughter can push her feet against the front seats?
The way the Safeguard is designed, my daughter sits directly against the car's back seat cushion for support, so she won't be pushed so close to me. The seat's 5 point harness is good for kids up to 60 lbs and uses the top tether, but what is the maximum weight limit of the '04 Forester's top tether? I'm concerned that the Forester's top tether limit is not enough to protect her in a Safeguard seat.
I love my Forester, but I wish my model Forester came with more leg room :(