Sunshine Kids: Radian 80 Car Seat

12/15/2007 at 06:18 AM ET

Zm11187_princess I’d heard about the Radian 80 Convertible Car Seat ($249) by Sunshine Kids for a while and was lucky enough to test it out recently. You can use it rear-facing from 5- 33 pounds and forward facing until your child reaches 80 pounds. Since we are having a baby girl soon, I knew we would have to find another car seat we liked. And we really like the Radian 80.

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to install (okay, my husband did it – but it took him no time! We used the seat belt method). Several readers have commented that it is a good idea to get this seat’s installation checked by a certified car seat technician (which is a great idea). It folds flat (when not in use), which is terrific for traveling or storing this car seat. This is the first company to make a folding car seat (and there is a padded strap you can get to make it easier for carrying). As any parent can tell you, carrying a bulky car seat across an airport is not fun. We used to balance ours on the stroller, while wearing or carrying our son. Imagine having one that you can fold up and balance on your luggage or even carry with a strap? At this point, I’m about to give birth, so I can’t test it out at the airport (no traveling for a while).

It was so easy to get my 23 lb toddler,Ben, in and out of it – something I wasn’t used it with my current car seat. He loved it and was very comfortable in it.  I liked how secure the harness was. My little houndini, who can now get in and out of his Fisher Price Healthy Care booster seat harness, could not unsnap this one! The width of the seat was a little narrower than Ben’s other car seat (so you could fit three of them in the backseat of your car).

Features and Benefits:

  • For children from 5 lbs to 80 lbs in 5-point harness. Use rear-facing from 5 – 33 pounds.
  • Steel alloy frame
  • SafeStop harness system 
  • 4-panel system EPS safety foam which gives total side-impact protection, more than any other seat
  • 5 shoulder and 3 buckle positions- this proper harness fit for all ages and weights
  • Infant body support which converts to pillow cushions for older child
  • Folds to 7 (17.8 cm) thick   
  • Low profile –  Easier to get child in and out, plus safer positioning for child.
  • Comes in Princess (pictured above), Manhattan (grey/black) – which we actually tested, Monaco (tan), and SuperCool (grey) – pictured below.

Radian80_supercool_folded Technical Specifications:

  • Weight: 20.5 pounds
  • Materials: 100% polyester Ultra Suede cover
  • Dimensions: Open: 28.5"H x 17"W x 16"D (724mm x 432mm x 406mm), Closed: 28.5"H x 17"W x 7"D (724mm x 432mm x 165mm)

Sunshine Kids’ products are available in the US, Canada and Europe. Click here to find a retailer or shop online here.

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perfectsadie on

I have this car seat for my five year old daughter and we LOVE it! I SO prefer it over my two year old’s Britax!!! It is heavy to carry but being able to fold flat is a major bonus. Plus, I love the low profile, the cute Princess fabric and the buckles are easy enough for my daughter to buckle herself at this age but would be too hard for a younger child. The best part for me though, is the super safety rating. I would put up with some inconvenience for a high safety rating but I get the best of both worlds with this seat! It fits older children so they can stay in a five point harness and I really love that, too. The only drawback is the fabric is not washable. Not a big deal…

Analyse on

I absolutely love this carseat!!! I recently had triplets in november and I am in love with this carseat. It has the great safety ratings that I wanted and the design in fabulous. I drive a regular sized car and I can fit all three of the carseats in the backseat with no problem at all. The carseats have a narrower size which makes it easier to fit them all in my backseat. It is also so easy to get them all into their carseats, and I can feel and see how safe they are. Plus I can tell the babies are so comfortable in them, the fabric is soft and the padding is great and not hard like other carseats. I would highly recommend this carseat to all parents.

Dana on

I really love this carseat. Everything about it is great. The only complaint I have is that the fabric is not washable. My husband shot cum on in one time during our Thursday date night, and I’ve get to be able to get the stain out. Other than that this carseat is nice.

Carolyn on

What in the heck do you mean by:
“You can use LATCH, tether or SuperLock to install it.”
The tether isn’t an installation method, it is there to reduce head excursion.
And what is SuperLock?

The Radian can be installed with either LATCH or Seatbelt – those are the ONLY installation methods.

S on

Just a couple of things. This carseat is known for being a booger to install, so make sure you have it checked by a tech. Also, the tether is not a method of installation, and neither is SuperLock. SuperLock is a locking clip that is used on the seatbelt when lockoff’s are not included on the seat itself. Definitly do not assume that the the tether is a method of installation. It is absolutly not.

Keralin on

Actually the instruction manual says it is

Claria on

The top tether is part of the installation of the car seat, but is not a substitute for the seatbelt. The seat must always be properly installed with the seatbelt (or LATCH system if you’re using the lower anchors,) and then the top tether tightened. Properly installed = 1″ of movement or less if you try to move the seat side to side or front to back by hanging onto the shell of the car seat where the seatbelt routes through the shell and pushing/pulling gently. So yes, the tether is part of the installation, but it can’t be used by itself. Having the seat checked by a tech is always a good idea too. 🙂

Maryiliyina Krumpet on

Hey Y’all. This is great. My twin girls use this and they are 12 and they still love it. I like the fact that it is built so that at their age it is still comfortable for them but i know they are truly safe.

Mindy on

I have the Radian 65 for both my boys (ages 2 1/2 and 5) and love both seats. My 5 year old could probably use it for 2 years (at 7 he should be save enough in a booster). I also heard this company is coming out with a booster that has LATCH so it doesn’t slide around the car! Great.