Diono radian rXT—Safety, Comfort and an Easy Install

By Lise Merle of FeistyFrugalAndFabulous.com on November 28, 2016

When it comes to car seat safety, there’s one brand I trust above all others: Diono.

Constructed of premium materials, the quality of the Diono radian rXT all-in-one car seat is obvious (and felt) throughout.

Take its weight, for instance. The first thing I noticed about it when I was given a chance to review the radian rXT , was how heavy and solid it is—exactly the opposite of a featherweight car seat.

With a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls and energy absorbing EPS foam, this is the car seat you’d feel right about installing in the middle or back row of a fighter jet—if you could only find parking for one at the grocery store!

Add to this a five-point harness and an adjustable head support that provides additional side impact protection, and what you have is a safe little nest for your little one.

We have three children in forward-facing car seats, so size is definitely a factor—and one that the Diono has taken into consideration. Because the seat is only 15 inches wide, the Diono radian rXT is slim enough to fit three across in most mid-size vehicles, including my Ford Flex.

To me this makes it the perfect choice for larger families and especially families of multiples. And let’s be honest, not every family wants to buy a mini van when a third child comes along! Besides, it’s usually pretty costly to purchase a larger vehicle to accommodate a growing family, and that cost comes at a time when there are plenty of other constraints on your budget, too. When you do that math, purchasing three top-of-the-line, slim-profile car seats to fit three children in the back of your current vehicle makes good economic sense.

The great news is that this car seat goes the distance from when you bring your newborn home from the hospital to when they’re big enough to safely travel without a booster. It’s appropriate for rear-facing babies from 2.3 to 20.5 kg (5 to 45 lbs) and forward-facing babies and kids from 10 to 29.5 kg (22 to 65 lbs) up to 144 cm (57″) in a 5-point harness. Then using your vehicle seat belt, the Diono radian rXT then converts to a booster for older kids weighing between 23 and 54 kg (50 to 120 lbs). It is quite literally the only car seat your child need’s from newborn to big kid.

It bears mentioning that the installation instructions are a breeze to follow. From opening the box to complete installation, it took less than 10 minutes to get the radian rXT installed with Diono’s UAS LATCH system. That’s critical given that correct installation is so important to safe car seat use and complicated instructions can get in the way of an optimal, correct installation.

Given that growing babies and toddlers may need their straps adjusted several times a year, the easy re-installation is as important as the initial one.

We’re really reassured by having this car seat in our family vehicle. To learn more about Diono, and the radian rXT, please visit the company website here.

Brought to you by Diono.
The radian® rXT car seats are designed with your child's security and safety as top priorities.

By Lise Merle of FeistyFrugalAndFabulous.com| November 28, 2016

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