The story behind the RXT is that it was voluntarily recalled in late 2017. Diono renamed their products 3RXT (RXT), 3RX (R120), 3R (R100) and so on (for other recalled versions), to project a “new image” of the seat.
|Rear-Facing Weight:||5-45 pounds|
|Forward-Facing Weight:||20-65 pounds|
|Booster Weight:||Up to 120 pounds|
|Rear-Facing Height Limit:||Up to 44 inches|
|Forward-Facing Height Limit:||57 inches|
|Booster Weight Requirement:||50 pounds|
One main reason to get this seat is that it will allow you to have your baby seated rear-facing for as long as possible. The longer a child is rear-faced, the safer they are.
You can have them rear faced until they are 44 inches before having them forward facing until around 57 inches.
This is one of the few car seats that can have your child seated rear-facing the longest.
Although it states that it can be used for children as young as five pounds, I feel it can be too upright for newborns. The lack of reclining function would mean that your child’s head can fall forward especially for those who don’t have proper head and neck control yet.
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Will It Fit In My Car?
|Diono Radian 3RXT|
While reclining it more will achieve a “safe” degree of recline for young babies, note that doing so will mean more vehicle space length-wise. Its height is 28.5 inches by default. Add the amount of recline you will be doing and you will have the front seat directly across it moved all the way to the front.
If you have a large vehicle, that might not be a problem. However, do note of it if you have a small vehicle. It may be narrow, yes. But installing it with the proper recline rear-facing mode will need all the space it can eat especially if you are indeed using it for younger babies.
For older children who can sit more upright, a seat angle adjuster can help raise the seat so that it doesn’t eat up too much space in rear-facing mode.
Forward-facing, this is probably where you will come to appreciate how much of a space-saver it is.
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The Diono Radian 3RXT Installation
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||No|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing?||Relatively|
|Easy To Install Forward-Facing?||Relatively|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
It is worth noting that the new Diono 3RXT has a new fabric cover on the back of the seat. This cover somehow affects the accessibility to remove and thread the LATCH connectors.
The detachable base with colored dots must be aligned to the 3RXT’s colored dots under the seat. This base must be installed in the rear-facing mode.
The Diono SuperLATCH connectors have a new look (and better audible click) as well as new weight limits for its usage.
Installing a seat can be a pain especially for clueless, first-time parents. Watch the following videos to help you with the installation.
How To Install The Diono Radian 3RXT Rear-Facing
How To Install The Diono Radian 3RXT Forward-Facing
|Country Of Origin:||USA|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||Yes|
The Safe Stop is an added element in the Radian 3RXT. It comes hanging at the back of the seat which is now covered. In the rear-facing mode, the 3RXT does not come with the Safe Stop installed since it cannot be used in that mode. It is required to be attached to the harness once your child is in a forward-facing way and under 40 pounds.
Aside from the steel body frame, the seat also comes with enough protective padding and head support.
Old users of Diono Radian seats will come to appreciate the new way to tighten the harness straps which is – just to pull it away, LOL. The former seat used to have a “ratcheting” system.
|Is The Material Breathable?||Yes|
|Seat Weight:||28.1 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Yes|
|Comes With A Cup Holder?||Yes|
|Shoulder Harness Have Pads?||Yes|
|Leg Straps Have Pads?||No|
The seat is made of breathable material so you don’t have to worry that your child will overheat in it.
It weighs 28.1 pounds – it’s heavy, yes. But it’s not the heaviest yet. The Clek Foonf, an equally-narrow but better seat weighs 38 pounds!
One thing that is worth noting is that although the seat cover is machine washable, you cannot take it off while installed forward facing in the car. However, the cover can be easily removed while installed in the rear-facing mode.
It is roomy but it will be too roomy for newborns. One good thing about the sides of the seat is that they can fold in or out to give more room for your child’s legs as they grow.
You will have to manually remove the seat harness and slot them into the next higher slot as your child needs more room. This seat does not come with a no-rethread harness.
It comes with an infant body support should you decide to use it for a young baby.
The cup holder can be placed in any of the four slots, depending on where your toddler can reach it the easiest.
How To Fold The Diono Radian 3RXT Seat
The fact that it folds up for travel is a huge plus. You will just have to deal with carrying such a heavy load.
It’s expected with a full body built with steel. Although you can fold it and carry it with you using the given straps, it might feel like going camping with a fully-packed camping bag.
I feel that it is best to use the Diono Radian 3RXT only after your child gains a proper head and neck control. It will not need too much recline by then so you can raise the seat with an angle adjuster so that the space inside the vehicle won’t be a problem even if your vehicle is small.
The lack of reclining function is something unique for this seat, especially that most convertible seats come with 2, 3, 7 or 9 recline positions and even have indicators telling you that your angle is correct for certain weights.
With Diono Radian 3RXT, you are left to gauge the proper recline and adjust it accordingly. That makes the tightening of the straps to the vehicle tricky. It can be a tough job sometimes, but as you see in the above installation videos, it can be done.
Good use of the Diono Radian 3RXT is for transitioning your child from an infant car seat to this seat.
3RXT seat’s main goal is to have your child seated rear-facing for as long as possible, and you can definitely do that in this seat.
That is something that is not easily found in other convertible car seats.
I highly suggest that you check out the feedbacks of parents who got this seat to help you decide further.
What do you think?
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