Confessions of a Middleagedmom

surviving motherhood in the “middle ages”

Car Seat Confusion July 10, 2008

Filed under: baby,children,dad,family,moms,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 9:32 pm
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When I begin reading a car seat installation manual, it might as well be written in greek! No offense to the people of Greece. I just can’t figure out why car seat installation is so difficult for a college graduate. Trying to follow the installation directions in the manual is of little assitance.

We recently purchased a 2nd carseat for Princess so that Mr. MaD could drop her off or pick her up from preschool on some days. After doing some research, we decided to purchase the Britax Frontier Combination Harness-2-Booster. Last night Mr. MaD tried to install in in his car. After almost 1 hour of trying, he gave up and brought it back in the house. We did a mad search online to get some tips for installing it. Interestingly, a lot of people have trouble installing this car seat in their cars. Some have even said they were returning it.

We aren’t going to return it since we like the features. Plus, there are too many others that we don’t like. We heard that the Radian (spelling?) is also difficult to install.

Why in the world does Britax make such terrible directions? We have 2 other Britax carseats. One is the Regent which Princess is using now and a Roundabout which she used earlier. The Regent wasn’t exactly easy to install either but it was easier than the Frontier. The Roundabout wasn’t so easy to install in the rear facing position. I mean I feel like I need to be a rocket scientist or engineer to be able to get these darn carseats into our cars. The pictures aren’t detailed enough and the directions aren’t clear enough.

Also, most of the carseat safety sites in our neighborhood do not install carseats. They do check if you installed it correctly and give you tips how to do it but they don’t do it for you. I think it has something to do with liability.

I hope someone out there who works for Britax is listening to all of us parents who are struggling with their carseats. I mean they really have a good product but if we can’t get it installed properly how much use will it be to our families! I’m not sure how other manufacturers directions are but Mr. MaD thinks the Graco instructions for our infant carseat is great compared to the Britax instructions.

Anyone out there have any advice?

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