It was released yesterday that newer Sunshine Kids Radians can rear face up to 40 pounds!! So exciting. The Radian has almost the tallest shell of any RF seat, so it will even get older children to 40 pounds. Sofi could rear face until she's 6 or 7 with her growth pattern.
Radians (65, 80, and XT) manufactured in or after Septemeber 2008 can now RF up to 40 pounds. Seats manufactured before Sept 2008 can not. There were some structural changes to the seat in September, making the pre and post Sept seats different.
Wow! I am researching a new car seat for my 3.5 year old and I'm starting to get overwhelmed. To be clear, the highest weight limit on ANY rear facing seat available is 40 pounds?
Yes, 40 pounds is the maximum weight limit for rear facing (in the US). And there are currently only 3 seats that can do it. Most others can RF up to 30, 33, or 35 pounds.
If you want help wading through the many seats on the market, I encourage you to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.car-seat.org.
An update.... Radian 80SL and Radian XTSL will rear face up to 45 pounds.
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