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Initial post: Mar 5, 2008 12:10:32 PM PST
K. B. says:
I have a Hyundai Tucson and need to fit a booster seat, an infant car seat and a Graco convertible car seat. My children are ages 6 and 2 1/2 and I am 32 weeks pregnant with baby number 3. We don't want to have to buy a new vehicle to fit the car seats in but we will if we have to. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2008 9:03:57 PM PST
D. Williams says:
I would look into the Sunshine Kids Radian car seats. They are narrow and safe, and the weight limits are 65 and 85 pounds (they have two different models).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2008 12:53:00 PM PDT
zodiac711 says:
I second D. William's suggestion. The Sunshine Kids Radian car seats (Radian 65 and Radian 85 respectively) have a very slim profile. They state that you can fit three of them in a back-seat. While I can't speak to your vehicle, I have a Mercury Mountainer (same as a Ford Explorer); we have the Radian 65 in the middle and fully believe we could put one on either-side if we wanted to.

BTW - The Radian 65 and 85 weight minimums are (I believe) 5 pounds. Therefore you could use it with a newborn. Of course, if you do that, you can't use the removable seat to plug-in to a stroller/shopping cart (which does make life quite easy), but just thought I'd mention it as an FYI.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2008 5:29:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2008 5:31:44 AM PDT
I also say Radian carseat, be prepared in case you order it online and it is backordered. I just got mine and absolutely love it. We had an Evenflo Triumph and switching that to the Radian is amazing how much more room my back seat has. We also have the Fisher Price Voyager as the booster, it also has a width adjuster which you can make narrow or wider.

Having this seat, I couldn't imagine using it with a baby, the typical converter seats I think are better. The carrying car seats I think are best to about 6 months, then the convertible ones to around 4, and the Radian past that to keep the kid harnessed.

I have 3 kids, an 11, 9, and 4 year old. The 9 year old is the booster (for his weight-60 pounds) and the 4 year old just got the Radian car seat and the 11 year old gets stuck with however much room is left. She says it is much more comfy with the Radian. I have a 2007 Nissan Versa and these fit.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2008 12:17:07 PM PDT
Christy - have you traveled on a plane with your Radian car seat? It says 'airline approved', but looks to be a bit wider than the recommended width to fit in most plane seats. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2008 1:17:41 PM PDT
i have a saturn vue and found out i was having twins at 19 weeks. my 2yr old was riding in a sweet britax seat but it was too big, the smallest seat we could find that was affordable to us was a graco booster. it's 17'' wide and the smallest infant seats we could find were also graco, comfort sport(?). my oldest is 3.5 and i'm going to put her in a new booster and buy another carseat like her old one for the twins. i feel like it is a safe seat

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2008 4:13:01 PM PDT
A. Moore says:
I have 2 Radian 80s side by side in my Saturn Outlook and still have enough room to slide the last seat in the row forward so my other kids can get in the back. They are pricey, but sturdy. They are also quite tall so if you are both tall parents then consider what will happen if you use this car seat facing the back and you have to slide the front seat to increase leg room. Good Luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2009 8:37:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2009 8:51:37 PM PDT
Emama says:
will a rear facing infant car seat fit in the middle seat with a sunshine radian on the side? i have a honda odyssey. also is it comfortable for the kids to sleep in? or does their head slump forward?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2010 5:02:43 PM PDT
Lauren says:
Yes, and infant seat will fit. We had a graco snugride 32 and a radian on either side in our sunfire and they fit. I'm sure you shouldn't have a problem in your van. The seat is very reclined while rear facing so head slumping shouldn't be a problem. If your child is forward facing, there is no seat that will prevent head slumping that I know of.

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Posted on May 17, 2012 10:40:33 AM PDT
Becca B says:
I don't know if anyone is still following this old thread. We have a Suzuki SX4 sport I have a 4yr old 35lbs, and 15mo. old still in his baby bucket at 21.5 lbs and we hope to have another child in the next year or so. I love my little car. We really need a new carseat for my 15 mo. old since the limit is 22lbs. We don't have a Toys R Us nearby where I can try carseats out in the car. We have a cosco convert. seat up to 40lbs for my 4y.o. it is narrow but won't fit her in 5 more lbs. Are there any other narrow seats for her that still have a harness and a backrest etc. but without a $200 price tag? I'm pretty sure anything more than 18" wide won't fit (when we plan to have the cosco seat and our graco snugride 22 seat in the car too). I already returned one seat "for small cars" to walmart because we couldn't shut the doors. If there are no other options I need to hurry and order the radian online and wait for it to ship.

Posted on May 17, 2012 5:02:36 PM PDT
Lauren says:
Are her shoulders still under the top harness slots? If not, she needs a seat now. The cheapest option that will work for 3 across is the Evenflo Maestro. It's about $80, but you can usually find it on sale for cheaper.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 7:30:36 AM PDT
Becca B says:
I'll have to check her shoulders, I know they are close... I'll see about the maestro... thanks!

Posted on May 23, 2012 10:23:49 AM PDT
Becca B says:
I looked into the maestro. 18.5" wide... I don't want to go through the trouble of ordering it from Walmart, trying it out and then having to take it back. The Radian is only 17" wide. I'm quite certain it will fit since it is narrower than the Cosco Scenera 17.5"(which 2 of them fit with the infant seat but a very tight fit.) The $189 price tag is high but it's cheaper than having to get a new car in a year or two. Plus I've heard since it has a metal frame it expires in around 11 yrs versus the 6 yrs for plastic seats. So we can likely use it as long as we need it. I love my SX4 it is 4WD(for icy roads) but still gets over 30 MPG. We'll try to hold on to it as long as we can.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 6:50:08 PM PDT
Lauren says:
Radians have a 7 year expiration date, not 11. Just make sure you're not using the lower anchors to install the Radian. They fail a lot and the company has denied that it happens and has refused to do anything about it. Seatbelt is much easier for 3 across anyway, but just so you know!
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