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Does anyone have them (NOT the integrated kind) and care to answer my questions?<p>How comfortable are they? I looked on the local stores for a booster seat and they are all hard plastic with a textile cover on them. I would hate to sit on that for hours so I would not want my kid to sit on it.<p>Do they have the isofix system? I like the isofix because it keeps the seat in place, is more comfortable for my child preventing the leather abrasion on the seats.<p>Is the cover removable for washing?<p>Here is the booster that I'm asking about: <A HREF="http://www.volvocarcampaigns.co.uk/accessories/accessories.asp?model=v70&category=4&list_id=20051025052911705547" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvocarcampaigns.c...05547</A><p>Thanks<br>
 

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Re: Child booster (doru)

I don't have any children (yet . . . one on the way!), but I am familiar with the product as I've had numerous customer purchase it. <p>I've noticed that the cushion has actual foam padding. It's not quite as soft as the Volvo padding in seats, but it's not ridiculously firm. I don't think I'd have any qualms about sitting on one if I could transport myself back in time 20 some years. I think the outer shell (not the area where your child sits) is of a firm material for stability, but that's it. <p>The isofix system was a guide to assist latching in vehicles from 2001 through 2004. It was more to comply with federal regulations because the "latches" weren't clearly marked on those model years. In 2005, Volvo came out with the little LATCH system symbols on the seats themselves, and did away with the isofix guide. While not necessary for proper function of the booster seat, I believe you can purchase the isofix guide seperately (it is NOT included in the price of the booster seat). <p>Some stores sell booster seat pads that are designed to go underneath the booster seat and on top of the car's leather seat. I would <i>highly</i> recommend you also consider this. It helps prevent indentations in the leather, and also keeps the booster seat in place much more effectively than isofix alone.<p>I don't know for sure, but I do want to say the cover is removeable for washing. I do know that both the booster cushion and booster back have zippers on them so that the fabric can be easily removed.<p>I hope that info helps.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>doru</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Does anyone have them (NOT the integrated kind) and care to answer my questions?<p>How comfortable are they? I looked on the local stores for a booster seat and they are all hard plastic with a textile cover on them. I would hate to sit on that for hours so I would not want my kid to sit on it.<p>Do they have the isofix system? I like the isofix because it keeps the seat in place, is more comfortable for my child preventing the leather abrasion on the seats.<p>Is the cover removable for washing?<p>Here is the booster that I'm asking about: <A HREF="http://www.volvocarcampaigns.co.uk/accessories/accessories.asp?model=v70&category=4&list_id=20051025052911705547" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvocarcampaigns.c...05547</A><p>Thanks</TD></TR></TABLE><p>We've got about 4 different brands of booster seats, including the blue Volvo one (why? 4 kids, 2 cars, occasional visits by cousins who also need boosters, etc). The kids rarely complain about the comfort of the Volvo seat or the Evenflo Right Fit (this one was--is?--highly rated by Consumer Reports), though on long trips the bigger kids don't like the Graco Turbobooster as much for comfort, but do like the built-in cup holders. The Volvo seat is very pricey for what it is, but has the virtue of the narrowest "footprint"--it doesn't have as big a base as the others. This counts when putting 3 kids in boosters across the back seat of the wagon. If you have 1 or 2 kids, and not planning on more, it doesn't matter a bit. The cover appears to be removable but we haven't needed to wash it in the year that we've owned, so I can't say how easily it comes off. <p>I've never seen a platform booster with the isofix system--maybe I've just missed it. That said, platform boosters rely on using the car's seatbelts, so a latch/isofix system doesn't really add much to how well anchored it is. If you are using a convertible carseat (goes from infant to toddler to booster) then the latch/isofix system obviously is key for anchoring the seat in the infant and toddler stage, and I suppose you could use it to anchor it when it transitions to the booster stage too-- I just don't have any experience with that.<p>bottom line, for my money the Evenflo Right Fit is the best all around if you don't need to cram them 3 across (platform is just too wide for a V70)<p>any other questions, please ask<p>Ken
 

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Re: Child booster (kenschel)

Thanks all for the info.<p>I went to the dealer and did a price match and got the seat. Still the price is double compared with any cushion-only boosters in the stores.<p>Here is why I still got it. Maybe it will be of use to others searching the forum for answers.<p>It has some foam padding (better than most other seats) and the material can be taken off for cleaning (nothing special here). It has indeed a smaller foot print than everything I saw and the base is made of polystyrene reinforced with tick metal wire. This structure makes it the lighter one that I saw.<p>The sides are a little taller than the middle of the cushion and that makes for an ideal place to add some more padding. I have a piece of foam used in automotive upholstery that will be perfect for that. The cover stays a little lifted there so it will fit perfect even with large amount of padding. The cover is a stretch design.<p>The "handles" or "horns" that stabilize the seat belt are not so tall and not so long as in many other boosters and that makes for a nice booster to take with me when I'm traveling.<p>The small foot print allows two adults to travel next to the child in the rear, and that is not possible with many others or with the current booster/car seat that I have.<p>Note that I do not care about cup holders. I already have the Volvo child backpack/activity center that attaches in the back of the front seats, and also the central plastic tray that attaches under the rear seat backrest. The latter one is a very, very practical accessory. Both of those offer plenty of space for drinks, food, toys, etc.<p>Again thanks Lee and Ken for help.<br>
 

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I have the volvo booster for my 60R and my daughter loves it! I have the whole deal with the back too. The booster I had was too damn wide for the seat... this booster is definately made for the volvo seats!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>doru</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>. . .<br>Note that I do not care about cup holders. I already have the Volvo child backpack/activity center that attaches in the back of the front seats, and also the central plastic tray that attaches under the rear seat backrest. The latter one is a very, very practical accessory. Both of those offer plenty of space for drinks, food, toys, etc.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Doru, do you have any pics/#'s or a source for these parts? I am not familiar with them.
 

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<A HREF="http://www.volvocars.us/models/Accessories/V70" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvocars.us/models/Accessories/V70</A>/<p>scroll down to "child safety", both the booster seat and the activity bag are there
 

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Re: Child booster (kenschel)

The console tray is listed as "Center Armrest Table".<p>Between this one and the activity center I'll chose this one because it is used all the time: food, drinks, toys, crayons, trash, you name it. Easy to take off put on and made of rigid plastic (ABS?) so you can just wash the dirt off. My 4.5 year old can reach it fine from her car seat (she is using the car belt not the 5 point one that comes with the seat).<p>For pictures and prices you can search on eBay<br><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Booster-Cushion-NO-backrest_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ42612QQihZ019QQitemZ8015352689QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...ZWD1V</A><br><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8015353233&ssPageName=MERC_VI_ReBay_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores_IT&refitem=8015352689&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=active_view_item&usedrule1=CategoryProximity&refwidgettype=cross_promot_widget" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...idget</A><br><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VOLVO-V70-XC70-REAR-CENTER-ARMREST-TABLE_W0QQitemZ8072491932QQihZ019QQcategoryZ63691QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...wItem</A><br><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8072491812&ssPageName=MERC_VI_ReBay_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores_IT&refitem=8063296268&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=active_view_item&usedrule1=CategoryProximity&refwidgettype=cross_promot_widget" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...idget</A><p>or shop online at various Volvo dealers:<br><A HREF="http://www.volvopartspeople.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvopartspeople.com</A><br><A HREF="http://www.borton.com/parts_land_frameset.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.borton.com/parts_land_frameset.html</A><br><A HREF="http://www.bostonvolvo.com/about.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.bostonvolvo.com/about.htm</A><p>In the past I got most of my stuff worth a few thousands from Jaffarian Volvo (http://www.volvopartsworld.com) but their web site is down for half a year now. You can call them and mention the internet to get the discount price 800.323.6805.<p>Later I go with Sandberg Volvo (http://www.volvopartspeople.com). Disadvantage for me is that I'm in the same state with them and I have to pay sales tax.<p>I got the seat (base only) from local dealer with price matching. You should be able to get yours with $59.95 from your dealer.<p><i>Modified by doru at 12:20 PM 8-17-2006</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by doru at 12:23 PM 8-17-2006</i>
 

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Re: Child booster (pktojd)

I just bought the volvo booster (cushion only) yesterday to replace my big clunky Britax Husky after driving an XC90 this weekend with built in booster in the center which was nice. My son is 3 1/2 and is 3'8" and 47 lbs. He could still stay in the Britax Husky with 5 pt. restraint until 80 lbs. or 57 inches, but I wanted something less bulky and that would save my rear seat.<p>My question is what is the best place for this booster cushion (ie. no back)...center or side? Do you really need the back part for it. Is it safe enough for my kid at this stage or should I put the "monster" Britax back in?
 

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Re: Child booster (soledoc)

According to Volvo and from my experience with my kid (about the same height and weight) it is safe. Of course nothing is too safe.<p>You do not need the back. The only advantage the back has is the lateral support for the head if they fall asleep but I do not know how useful actually is. I'm not using it. Volvo has nice backrests on the rear seats.<p>I keep the seat on the side because it stays in place better and my child loves to be able to open the window (after asking daddy for approval) and put on the sun shade if needed. The only problem with the center is how well/comfortable the child back rests against the area where the armrest folds into the back seat. The advantage of the center position is that the child can actually see out of the windshield and you can argue that is a more protected location in case of lateral collision.<p>In the end is more of what works for you and your child.
 

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well, the back is useful not only as a cushion, it is designed to help track the shoulder belt in the proper location; depending on the height of the kid this may not be necessary (the shortest ones probably get a better fit with it). As far as where to place the seat, from crash safety perspective that's a no-brainer--middle. Even in a Volvo your kid will be at least marginally safer there, and if you only have child to find a space for, that's where I'd put him.
 

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Well then I'd say you definitely do not need the back if you're using the volvo booster only in the middle position. I of course would prefer that position also. Plus he's been riding on the side in his Britax Husky because that one is so large, but is also probably the safest because it can keep them in a 5 point harness until 80 lbs. or 57 inches, but again, it's on the side and maybe in the middle is really the safest.
 
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