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I just tried to install our Britax Roundabout into our 2007 Acadia, 2nd row w/Captains chairs. The carseat manual states that the carseat has to be at a 45degree angle and I cannot get it to this angle because the seat is not flat. Has anyone else had this problem when installing a rear facing convertible carseat? I have the seat back reclined all the way and the seat bottom will not go flat for a correct install. If you have the Cpts chairs, do you know what I'm trying to describe about the seats not being "flat?" The carseat manual says if its not at the correct angle to put a rolled up towel in the crease but this doesn't work because it pushes the base of the carseat back up onto the higher part of the seat.

We did not have a problem when my daughter was in her infant seat because I was able to adjust the base of it. When we bought the car my son was already forward facing.

PLEASE HELP!!!
 

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Sue0213 said:
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The carseat manual says if its not at the correct angle to put a rolled up towel in the crease but this doesn't work because it pushes the base of the carseat back up onto the higher part of the seat.
Using the rolled towel works fine in my 2nd row. I'm not sure I understand what "up onto the higher part of the seat" means?? ??? ??? A picture would help. :thumb:
 

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What car seat do you have? Does anyone have the Roundabout? I solved the level problem (with a towel) but now I'm having an issue with the base of the car seat and the LATCH anchors.
 

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Sue0213 said:
What car seat do you have? Does anyone have the Roundabout? I solved the level problem (with a towel) but now I'm having an issue with the base of the car seat and the LATCH anchors.
What is the problem with the latch anchors?
 

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There's nothing physically wrong with the LATCH anchors. The problem I'm having is when I attach the car seats LATCH straps to the anchors they do not go on either side of the car seat (so that the car seat is in the middle of the 2 LATCH straps). The front base of the car seat is a little bit wider so it is not allowing the LATCH straps to get tight enough because they are hitting the front sides of the base (the straps are infront of the car seat rather than on either side of the car seat). Does that make sense? If the LATCH anchors were about 1/2" closer to the outsides of the seat it would be fine. I installed my infant seat because I needed a car seat or I would take pictures.

I'm going to take it to my local police department and see if they can install it. I will probably have to use the lap belt (and prop it up on pool noodles) instead of the LATCH anchors. I'd rather use the LATCH but it doesn't seem like it's going to be possible with my car seat.

I'm extremely frustrated. My son was already in a forward facing car seat when we bought the Acadia and it never occurred to me to try the car seat rear facing.
 

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There's nothing physically wrong with the LATCH anchors.

I'm extremely frustrated. My son was already in a forward facing car seat when we bought the Acadia and it never occurred to me to try the car seat rear facing.

I would buy a different carseat.
Why are you going back to rear facing, if he was already forward facing?
 

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We have the roundabout as well. Honestly, my husband & i can't remember if we had it rear facing when we bought the acadia or if we had turned our DD around by then.

BUT .. a few things. Use the noodle (or towel), recline the seat slightly to allow more room for the base (this will be even more important when you turn it around), and finally, if the seat installs correctly with the belt, then it is safe & can be used. Take a deep breath & use it that way. I'm sure the police station will tell you the same thing.

Bonk - respectfully, I would not recommend someone throw away $150. Also, it is proven that it is safer for children to face rear than forward, and many parents chose to leave their child rear-facing for longer than the required 1 year.
 

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Bonk - respectfully, I would not recommend someone throw away $150. Also, it is proven that it is safer for children to face rear than forward, and many parents chose to leave their child rear-facing for longer than the required 1 year.
Anyone should throw away $150 if the seat is not fitting properly and it isn't safe.
She is the one that stated the seat was facing forward before,
If the kid doesn't fit in it then you shouldn't have it rear facing? We (you and I) don't know the weight or size of the kid, I was just asking the question, why is she going back to rear facing?
 

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I personally don't recommend using anything (towels, swimming noodles, etc.) that are not called out in the owners manual of the seat and/or the car. I know our local fire department will help people with the proper install. I would seek help from a local place like that to ensure your child is really safe. I do know that there have been times that certain seats just won't work in certain cars. If that is the case it will be cheaper to replace the seat than the car. :)
 

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I know our local fire department will help people with the proper install.
Are you sure about this? Because even up here in "don't sue everyone for every little thing" (canada) land, fire/police dept have stopped doing this because of the liability involved.

I've heard of "trained" professionals who will install the child car seats. But even those people being able to get all the different car seats into every make of car is a long shot.

I would google your location with child car seat install, and see what they recommend.

When I installed my rear facing in the Acadia, I was also having issues trying to get a certain line on the carseat level, til I read further in the manual that indicated that the line only needed to be level for new borns. Since my son was 5 months at the time and not a newborn by any means (age/weight/height), I ignored that line. I rolled up a towel and placed it on the seat and made sure to check it a couple time after. the seat is not going anywhere.

One other question. is there a removable base. My convertible child seat would not pull tight at all with the removable base. As soon as I removed it, the seat pulls really tight to the chair using LATCH. BTW, the removable base is not the type that stays in the car for the bucket seats, it's semi-permenantly on the chair.

Hope that helps.
 

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It took us 4 different car seats before I was happy with the way it fit. And I would throw away 150 dollars before I put my child in a seat that wasn't installed properly. If you can afford to drive any car over 20k you should be able to go spend another 100-150 for a child seat.
 

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coloradoGM - I agree. Although it is a pain to buy one, try it, take it back, try again, etc. etc. If I was to do it all over again, I would buy all 4 of them at one time, and then return the 3 I did not like. That would save me many trips and time waiting in the return lines.
 

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coloradoGM said:
It took us 4 different car seats before I was happy with the way it fit. And I would throw away 150 dollars before I put my child in a seat that wasn't installed properly. If you can afford to drive any car over 20k you should be able to go spend another 100-150 for a child seat.
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coloradoGM - I agree. Although it is a pain to buy one, try it, take it back, try again, etc. etc. If I was to do it all over again, I would buy all 4 of them at one time, and then return the 3 I did not like. That would save me many trips and time waiting in the return lines.
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Well you could always do what I saw a group of 5 adults and two children; they we all trying to get into an Envoy (without 3rd row) so they put the two car seats with infants UNRESTRAINED in the cargo area and the five adults jumped in :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:.

I quickly called my buddy with Tucson PD and reported the license plate of the vehicle and location. He called back later to say they found the vehicle, pulled it over for a *minor infraction* and proceeded to arrest everyone in the vehicle. He never did say what happened to the two infants :angryfire: :angryfire:
 

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Well you could always do what I saw a group of 5 adults and two children; they we all trying to get into an Envoy (without 3rd row) so they put the two car seats with infants UNRESTRAINED in the cargo area and the five adults jumped in :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:.

I quickly called my buddy with Tucson PD and reported the license plate of the vehicle and location. He called back later to say they found the vehicle, pulled it over for a *minor infraction* and proceeded to arrest everyone in the vehicle. He never did say what happened to the two infants :angryfire: :angryfire:
That's awesome I wish I had a friend in the PD so I could do that. I could probably turn someone in every day.
 

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coloradoGM - I agree. Although it is a pain to buy one, try it, take it back, try again, etc. etc. If I was to do it all over again, I would buy all 4 of them at one time, and then return the 3 I did not like. That would save me many trips and time waiting in the return lines.
I think the third time we went back we actually did buy two.
 

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I just put a rear facing infant seat in 2 weeks ago. My base had adjustments to raise and lower the base. Not sure if it is the same seat (Britax). The hospital nurse inspected it and said it was good to go. I had no idea about the 45 degree angle issue. I will double check mine now.
 
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