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We have a Britax Frontier and I was looking for a combination booster seat for our second vehicle. Since the Evenflo Maestro was listed as a "best bet" in the Highway Safety Research study […] , and the price was so reasonable, I decided to try it. It is definitely less roomy than my Britax Frontier. However, it is quite well padded and adjusting the restraint strap and the crotch strap to fit my 4 year old, 40 lb. son was easy.
I decided to try installing it in my 2004 Honda Odyssey. Installation using the LATCH system was also easy and I was pleased with the extremely snug fit. No budging at all once installed. The only DRAWBACK was that the tether strap is not long enough to reach the tether component which is under the seat. After such a good experience overall, I was really disappointed. I will try it in our other vehicle and hope that it will reach. That's my only complaint, but it's not a minor matter to me.
Overall, nice seat, excellent safety ratings, great price. Be aware that the tether strap may not be long enough if you have a van or SUV.
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Initial post: Apr 3, 2011 7:22:35 AM PDT
Dara L. Ehrman says:
FYI: Honda's LATCH limit is 40lbs (still use the top tether) and a good seatbelt install is no less safe then a good LATCH install.
Posted on May 27, 2011 8:12:59 PM PDT
We also have a 2004 Odyssey and we have the same problem with the tether strap on other car seats as well. The tether anchor is several inches underneath the bottom of the van seat. Not sure why they put it so far under there. On other vans it is often on the bottom of the back of the seat, which means the strap doesn't have to reach as far. With a Graco car seat I installed the tether strap would not reach at all, and with our current Evenflo Triumph seat the strap has to be loosened to the very end for it to reach. I have noticed that on other vans the tether anchor is much closer and the strap reaches more easily. Long story short, from an Odyssey owner, the van's design is a big part of the tether strap problem. Not sure if this has been changed in newer models.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2011 7:53:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2011 7:53:47 PM PDT
Tether extenders are available for this seat from Evenflo.
I think they cost about $12(?).
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