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Radian Car Seat Debuts

We’ve just received our first shipment of the new Radian car seat, a convertible seat designed for children from 5-65 lbs. and up to 49″. There are many good reasons to be wary of a brand new car seat design, and I spent a lot of time with this seat before I agreed to carry it. But I really liked what I saw, and I think this will be a great new addition to the marketplace.

The Radian was designed by a team of serious safety geeks who use a litany of technical terms to describe their process and their results. There are serveral interesting documents available on their website ( for anyone who is interested in the details. For the rest of us, let’s just say they did their homework with this product, and they have the test results to proove it.

The seat has a steel alloy frame, which makes it incredibly heavy (20.5 lbs), but also very strong. The child sits quite low, which was a conscious decision based on the optimal center of gravity in a crash. Although the seat is very roomy at the shoulders, it is also one of the narrowest seats on the market, making it an optimal choice for families who need to fit three car seats into the back seat of a car.

With all of this to offer, the seat also folds. It is airline approved, and with the optional backpack carrybag, it is a good choice for travel. The seat comes in four colors, and although the blue is my personal favorite, all of them are really nice, sueded fabrics in colors that will coordinate with practically any car interior. This is the first generation of a really innovative product, and I hope we’ll continue to see great things from this team.


  1. I was curious if you had seen this carseat successfully installed in a Volvo XC90?

  2. Will this fit in the back seat of a 2003 Ford Mustang? Having trouble finding a car seat for my granddaughter. She’s due June 4th 2006. Help!!!

  3. It’s hard to say if a seat will fit in any particular car without seeing it in front of me. I would recommend speaking with a local car seat installation technician. I just installed a Radian in my own car to see if I could find any potential issues, but it seemed to work out great. I used the seatbelt instead of the LATCH connectors, and it was really easy and it seems to be quite secure. With a newborn, you may want to consider an infant car seat. The Graco Snugride fits well in most cars. You could also consider any of the Britax seats, since they are pretty easy to install.

    For grandparents who are buying a seat for their own car, I usually recommend the Britax Boulevard. You can adjust the height of the straps by turning a knob, which is a lot simpler than rethreading the straps, as you would have to do on almost any other seat. It’s especially convenient when the seat will only be used periodically, or by children of varying sizes.

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