Disclosure: The Radian RXT Car Seat in the feature below was sent compliments of Diono!
With the birth of Emmitt, fitting three car seats in my car was a must. Finding car seats that my children were safe in and would fit three across, was a bit harder than I expected. So when I finally got my hands on a few Diono seats I was more than excited. The Diono Radian RXT is a 3-in-1 (rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster) convertible seat that all of my kids can fit in and it easily fits three across in most
The Diono Radian RXT Allows You To-
-Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs.
-Easily forward-face children from 20 – 80 lbs, keeping them harnessed longer.
-Booster mode from 50 – 120 lbs (40 to 57 inches)
The 45 pound rear-facing weight limit is currently the highest on the market, which makes extended rear facing easier than ever. The high 80 pound weight limit means that heavier children will be able to stay in the seat longer before moving to a booster, which makes extended harnessing easier than ever!
My seven year old is in the 85th percentile for weight and can still fit in the RXT perfectly. The RXT also has three crotch strap positions located approximately 3.5”, 5.5”, and 7” from the back of the seat which allows the seat to grow with your child. Nothing more annoying than having to dig under a five or six year old to find a buckle.
The harness height is not so easy to adjust. It adjusts from the back of the seat, so you do have to uninstall the seat. Each strap is removed from the metal plate and rethreaded through the correct harness slot.
Installing the Diono Radian RXT was very easy. It has the deluxe push-on style LATCH connectors that I love. They store at the top of the shell when not in use. The manual says that the tether strap can be used rear- or forward-facing, but for the life of me I can not figure out how to use it rear-facing. I love the instruction manual though. I don’t often rave about a manual in a review- but the Diono Radian RXT manual comes with nifty QWERTY codes that I can scan with my phone and watch a video that shows me how to do it!
If your looking for a car seat that will last for a long time, or one that you can pass down from child to child, this is the seat. he RXT has 2 separate expiration dates. If you use the harness (up to 80lbs) the RXT expires 8 years from date of manufacture. When used as a booster without the harness, the seat expires 10 years from date of manufacture.
This is not a light weight car seat! It weighs in at a whopping 24 lbs but comes with a padded shoulder strap for carrying.To be honest it being this heavy only makes me feel safer putting my little one (or big one) in it! I have a Sunshine Kids Radian as well and not much has changed from one seat to another. If you are looking for a safe car seat that is going to last you a very hard time, the Diono Radian RXT is definitely a seat to check out!