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Does anyone know how old/heavy a child has to be before they can use the integrated center booster seat?<p>My son is on the verge of growing out of his infant car seat and I have to decide between the Britax Roundabout which has a weight limit of 40 lbs and the Marathon that has a weight limit of 65 lbs. If he is able to go from the Roundabout straight to the booster seat, that would be ideal, but I'm not sure how old/heavy a child has to be before using the integrated booster seat safely.<p>Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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Re: Integrated Center Booster Seat (tonytong01)

According to <A HREF="http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/2006/2006_XC90/06xc90_01b.htm#pg18" TARGET="_blank">http://new.volvocars.com/owner...#pg18</A>, the booster seat is for children who weigh between 33 and 80 lbs (15 and 36 kg) and whose height is between 38 and 54 in (97 and 137 cm).<p>They sent an addendum recently but I can't find it online.
 

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Re: Integrated Center Booster Seat (tonytong01)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tonytong01</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If he is able to go from the Roundabout straight to the booster seat, that would be ideal, but I'm not sure how old/heavy a child has to be before using the integrated booster seat safely.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My first daughter went from the Roundabout to the booster when my second daughter was ready to graduate from the infant seat and take over the Roundabout. They are exactly 2 years apart, so she was 3 years old and within Volvo's weight/height specifications. Note, she was not yet within an external booster seat specs, which generally call for 40 pounds.<p>Regarding the integrated booster seat, why on earth did Volvo have to put it in the middle, and why is there not one on each side? My two daughters seem to fight all the time since they are on top of each other and there is an empty seat next to them. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> Only solution is to put an external booster or bigger car seat on the opposite side, kind of defeating one of the selling points of this car for us. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Integrated Center Booster Seat (NASTY)

Great, so it sounds like if we get a Roundabout, once our son reaches that 40 lb weight limit, he'll be at the perfect age to transition to the integrated booster seat. <p>So for XC90 owners who bought the Marathon, what was your rationale over the Roundabout?
 

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Re: Integrated Center Booster Seat (tonytong01)

Transport Canada has determined that what volvo states ("child must be at least 33lbs") is not safe enough. They have forced Volvo to send out stickers to placed on the rear passenger windows that state child must be at least 40lbs.
 

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Re: Integrated Center Booster Seat (fosman316)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>fosman316</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Transport Canada has determined that what volvo states ("child must be at least 33lbs") is not safe enough. They have forced Volvo to send out stickers to placed on the rear passenger windows that state child must be at least 40lbs.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ahh, thanks for the update. Reluctantly, I have to say I agree w/ the 40 lb limit for Volvo's booster, especially since there's no lateral protection (just a boost). I guess I'm now leaning towards the Marathon since that has a 65 lb limit.
 

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Re: Integrated Center Booster Seat (tonytong01)

We used the integrated booster seat in a pinch when we are carrying more kids around. However, my kids are usually in external booster seats on the outboard positions of the 2nd row because our boosters have much better lateral and head protection and the seat coddles their bodies much better than the centre integrated booster. My kids can also sleep in their boosters (as they have lateral head protectors). In the integrated seat, your kid's head will<br>'bob' around if they are asleep there is no lateral head support.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Trevor</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">We used the integrated booster seat in a pinch when we are carrying more kids around. However, my kids are usually in external booster seats on the outboard positions of the 2nd row because our boosters have much better lateral and head protection and the seat coddles their bodies much better than the centre integrated booster. My kids can also sleep in their boosters (as they have lateral head protectors). In the integrated seat, your kid's head will<br>'bob' around if they are asleep there is no lateral head support.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Perhaps this might be of interest to some of you:<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=61519" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=61519</A><p>As noted, I'm not sure what integrated booster seats it fits, other than it definitely does NOT fit the outboard boosters on my 04 V70R.<p>PM/IM me if interested<br>
 

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Re: Integrated Center Booster Seat (canuck-R)

I'm getting the impression that the integrated booster seat is not an ideal option for most and should be used sparingly at best given the lack of side protection (not necessarily protection from direct impact given its central position, but protection from violent lateral shaking - lateral whiplash?). <p>Anyhow, I jumped in and got the Britax Marathon last night and am more grateful I did because I hadn't thought of the ease of sleeping aspect over the integrated booster. <p>Thanks everyone for your thoughts.
 
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