Britax makes a seat in Sweden called the Two Way Elite. It rear faces from 20 to 50 lbs, and can be used forward facing from 33 to 50 lbs. I think it’s a very sweet seat. Unfortunately for me (and many others), it’s not technically legal to use here in the US. It hasn’t been tested to NHTSA’s criteria. For about $500, I could import one, but that’s a A LOT of money for one child seat. A fellow tech in my area happens to have one and was willing to let me borrow it for a week. I didn’t get measurements, unfortunately. And I forgot to take pictures until I was waiting to meet her to return it to her, so all I have is cell pics. And Mr Orange was quite grumpy. But here they are!
Here’s the seat uninstalled sitting in the back of my Pilot:
I never installed it forward facing, with the assumption that if I were to import this seat, I would only be using it rear facing. With a 50 lb rearfacing limit and a 50 lb forward facing limit, I saw no reason I would use it forward facing.
The cover goes all the way around and zips down the back. Totally awesome!
It has a little flippy foot that you either leave tucked under the seat (like above) or flip out to change the recline angle. There’s a locking adjuster with a strap on it so you can lock it in any position in the range of tucked and fully flipped. It also has two rear facing tether straps, which are totally different than the tethers we use on US seats.
I know it’s hard to see, but the female end of the tether strap wraps around the leg of the front seat just like the Britax and Sunshine Kids rearfacing tether D-ring on US seats does.
The harness is a little different also. First, you’ll notice it doesn’t have a chest clip. At all. The European regulations require that their seats have only one mechanism to unlatch to remove a child from their seat.
It also buckles the opposite direction as our US seats. Our lap portion comes from behind the buckle part and our shoulder straps come from in front. This seat is not threaded incorrectly-this is how it is from the manufacturer. I didn’t get a good picture of it, but it has a puzzle buckle. That means that you put the two metal buckle tongues together before plugging them into the buckle.
The apparently gigantic harness pads supposedly keep the harness straps in the correct position.
The “long belt bath” went over the “arm”, under the seat, and back over the “arm”.
Overall, I really liked this seat. I mean REALLY liked it. But for $500 for a 50 lb seat, I just couldn’t justify importing when I can get a $300 US seat with a 45 lbs rear facing limit. Even if the Two Way does install easier and takes up less front to back room than the Radian.