The Diono Radian R100 Convertible Car Seat Booster enjoys a loyal fan club of parents and caregivers who prize this premium car seat for its safety, passenger age versatility, and space-saving design.
With a frame constructed entirely of steel, aluminum reinforcing on the sides, and EPS foam cushioning for protection during side impact, the Radian R100 has been crash tested by the NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), which requires vehicle manufacturers to test not only cars but car seats, as well. It is also certified by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for use in aircraft.
The range of ages and sizes supported by the Diono Radian R100 is impressive. Children 5-40 pounds can sit in this car seat facing to the rear of the vehicle, then move to a forward-facing direction from 20-65 pounds (up to 57″ tall), using the seat’s 5-point harness.
For passengers between 65 and 100 pounds, the Radian R100 converts to a booster seat. The seat adjusts to a reclining position for infants and maintains a low profile for older riders in an upright orientation, making it easy to embark and disembark.
Parents who purchase this car seat will be able to use it from the first trip home from the hospital until a booster seat is no longer needed.
Drivers for more mature kids, who may be hopping in and out of several vehicles for carpooling or play dates and taking their portable car seats with them, will love the easy SuperLATCH installation system on the Diono, with its clearly marked belt paths and secure placement.
Rubber grips on the bottom of the unit prevent slipping on the vehicle seat, often an issue with car seats. For storage and travel purposes, the Radian R100 folds flat, a boon for airline travel, and a clip-on carry strap for this model may be purchased separately to facilitate its portability.
The Diono Radian R100 Convertible Car Seat Booster is a favorite with parents of multiple children. For all its sturdiness in impact testing and 23-pound weight, the seat’s slim design allows for three units to fit side by side, even in a mid-size automobile.
Many parents praise the Diono Radian R100 for allowing them to keep their existing vehicles with the addition of a third child car seat to the family travel routine, a significant savings with a new baby in the home.
The upholstered cover is able to be washed and dried in the machine, another benefit for families who are likely to use the seat year after year.
The seat comes with an easy-to-read instruction manual that explains installation for all three of the size settings, and the manufacturer’s website also offers a downloadable manual, which is a nice option to send along to the grandparents and babysitters that may also need to use the seat.