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I have heard recently that it is safest to keep your LO rear facing until 2 years old. DD is 17 months and she is really seeming to not like being in the car at all, so I thought that turning her forward facing would help. But I don't wanna do it if the safety difference is that big a deal. What age did you put your LO forward facing? (and DD is 27 pounds and 17 months)

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 13 Sep 2011 8:53 PM
 4 Jun 2005
mama2boys
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With ODS, he was 15mths in my car, and 18mths in hubbys truck.

With YDS, my plan is to keep him RF until 2;

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 13 Sep 2011 8:53 PM
 5 Apr 2003
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DS was two and a half. He hit the 35lb RF limit so we turned him.

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 13 Sep 2011 8:55 PM
 1 Sep 2006
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DD was 12 months old. She was miserable and screaming in the car all the time, and I decided that the safety of our drive would be much greater if I wasn't distracted by her constant screaming. She's been FF and happy every since.

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 13 Sep 2011 8:56 PM
 2 May 2005
Maritime Mama
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DD was 2yrs9mths - she was around 27lbs. She hadn't met the RF limit of her seat yet but we bought a new car that didn't allow enough space for either DH or I to sit in front of her RF.

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 13 Sep 2011 9:01 PM
 25 May 2009
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One day shy of 12m old....she was a good rear facer but at 9m we had to turn her forward facing for 10 days and she was a terror RF after that. She got a new car seat for her birthday and when we installed it to try it out we just left it...

YDD will be switched as soon as we can as well...

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 13 Sep 2011 9:09 PM
 7 Sep 2008
 Ontario
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ODD is still rear facing at 27 months. She is only 24 lbs though so she only just recently hit the weight to be able to turn her. We will keep her rear-facing for a bit longer yet.

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 13 Sep 2011 9:14 PM
 14 Aug 2005
 Toronto
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We turned her at 2 years old and plan to do the same with DS.

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 13 Sep 2011 9:14 PM
 24 Oct 2005
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We still are at almost 3 years and plan to until about 4 yrs. She has never complained and we have a carseat that RF until 45 lbs. She likely won't weigh that until she is much older at this rate, so we kept her that way.

We also will keep YDD that way as long as we can as well.

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 13 Sep 2011 9:16 PM
 5 Jun 2005
 Vancouver, BC
sparklish
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I waited until he hit the limit for the seat we have - about 2 1/2. I plan on doing the same with DD as we have the same seat.

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 13 Sep 2011 9:17 PM
 16 Mar 2011
 Ottawa
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So is is actually safer to keep them rear facing until 2 ??

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 13 Sep 2011 9:28 PM
 15 Jul 2010
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DS is almost 19 months and is still RF. I'm not sure when I want to turn him. He is 30 lbs and the limit for his carseat is 35. I might switch him by December if he hasn't hit the limit. Car rides are ridiculous at this point, and I am holding out hope that he is a better traveler when he is FF

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 13 Sep 2011 9:31 PM
 30 Dec 2005
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Graham got switched at around 16 months, he outgrew the height limit on his seat for RF. Now that I know you can ignore the height restrictions for the most part and focus only on the weight I think the next one will be RF for longer.

Graham still RF's in my parent's van (the twice a year it happens) as he hasn't outgrown the weight limit for RF and they don't have tether bolts.

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 13 Sep 2011 9:32 PM
 29 Jul 2005
 Ottawa, ON
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Just today! So, about 23 months. Whatever my ticker says right now.
ETA: 1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 days.

She has been FF in DH's car for a few months now.

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 13 Sep 2011 10:13 PM
 28 Dec 2005
 Calgary, AB
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2 months before 3 we turned him around. When we installed the bucket back in for YDS we moved his seat and turned him around.

We couldn't have turned him around until close to two since he didn't hit the minimum weight until then (he was 20 lbs at 20 months) though he technically passed the height limit long before we switched him(heck I think he hit it even before he hit the minimum weight to turn around), but he had more then 1" of hard shell above his head which I went by.

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 13 Sep 2011 10:28 PM
 12 Dec 2006
 Lower Mainland, BC
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For Jack, he was RFing in my car until he was 2.5 yrs. He was FF in DH's car from about 13 months. He did request about 2 months ago (approx 40 months old) to go back RFing so we did for about a month as he was 1lb shy of the weight limit. Now he's over the limit so he's back FFing.

For Elliot, he is still RFing and I plan to keep him like that until he hits the limit. He too goes FFing when in DH's car (which is about once a month).

Elliot's head in gigantic compared to his body which is why I want to keep him RFing until he hits the limit. He hit a rough patch around 18 months where I thought I would have to turn him but after a couple of weeks he was fine RFing again.

Neither of the boys have/had a problem switching from FFing in DH's car to RFing in my car.

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 13 Sep 2011 10:32 PM
 18 May 2007
 BC
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DD was 2 years old.

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 13 Sep 2011 11:08 PM
 22 Apr 2008
 Edmonton, AB
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Just recently around 21 months and 32 lbs. It was getting so difficult for me to wrestle him in and out; I was hoping it would be easier FF. It is a little easier, but still a pain. But I love that I can see him! And we have ROOM again!

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 13 Sep 2011 11:11 PM
 8 Oct 2007
 Toronto
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We switched her August 20th... so less than a month ago (I remember the date because we were en route to my cousin's wedding in Peterborough and she was kicking the seat SO hard that it was loosening the UAS belts, so we pulled over and turned her around then and there, and we've not looked back, lol!). So she was 2 years 8.5 months old when we switched her (34 lbs and 36 inches tall).

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 13 Sep 2011 11:16 PM
 7 Jul 2006
 Central Alberta
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We just switched him last week - so just a few days shy of 23 months. He's about a lb shy of the 35 lb weight limit.

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 13 Sep 2011 11:51 PM
 12 May 2005
 Alberta
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We switched DD shortly after 18 mos, which is coincidentally when she (finally) started to walk, something that is now part of the new recommendation but wasn't at that time. We had a small convertible as we were in a sedan and didn't have the room for a larger seat.

Now that we have a more spacious vehicle, I'd like to keep DS RFing longer. Unfortunately this is a bit of a contentious issue as my MIL purchased us a convertible from a family member that didn't ERF. DH thinks we have a free seat, why wouldn't we use it...I'd rather get one I want, especially since we'd need to replace it eventually anyways.

I will say I find far more ERFs on BB than IRL, most people I know can't flip their kids Ff soon enough.

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 14 Sep 2011 12:33 AM
 24 Jun 2006
 The middle of the Pacific
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Rear facing is SO much safer (statistically speaking) though it can get to be quite a heated issue around here.

If you're looking for hard facts, www.carseat.org is a fantastic place to find certified techs who can answer any questions you have, or do some googling. There are some great youtube videos (tear jerkers though. Grab your kleenex) and plenty of great info on the interweebs about why RF is so much safer.

For us, DS is going to be 3 in October and he's still RF. He's happy that way, I'm happier with him that way and DH- well DH just kinda goes with what I say because he hasn't had a valid reason for turning him (that outweighs the safety factor). Convenience is one thing but in MY opinion, convenience doesn't outweigh my child's safety if I can continue to keep him in a safer position. I won't, however, be buying a higher RF limit seat when he outgrows his TrueFit but we've still got 4 or 5 lbs before he hits the limit.

And I agree with ldb. You'll find that on BB there is a disproportionately large number of people who ERF than in the general public. I think it has a lot to do with the high visibility of the issues on the forum. In normal life we don't all sit around debating the merits of RF and most people don't even realize that just because the law says that a child must be RF until 1 year and 22 (is it 22?) lbs (and I think it's now been ammended to walking unassisted, but I could well be wrong) that they don't HAVE to turn them then. That's simply the **minimum** requirements for switching to FF but Transport Canada (and many others) highly recommend RF until at least 2 and longer if possible.

I hope you find enough info to satisfy your curiosity. Just a warning though- often Drs, nurses and even people like police etc. aren't properly educated as far as RF safety and recommend that you turn your child when in fact they still fit the criteria for RF AND it's safer.

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 14 Sep 2011 12:51 AM
 2 Apr 2007
 Calgary
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2yrs8months. She outgrew the weight limit on her seat (we ignored the height limit) the fall before turning three.

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 14 Sep 2011 6:54 AM
 10 Jun 2011
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Both my kids on their 1st birthday, they were past the weight and height requirements to be FF

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 14 Sep 2011 7:08 AM
 23 Aug 2005
 Milford, Nova Scotia
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DD was around 19 months. She could still probably be RF but I got too tired of arguing with DH and his parents about it so we switched her.

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 14 Sep 2011 7:30 AM
 24 Apr 2007
 New Brunswick
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M is 22.5 months and is still RFing. I'm not sure when we'll switch her. No plans to do it anytime soon.

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 14 Sep 2011 9:25 AM
 7 Sep 2010
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A few weeks after his 2nd birthday.

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 14 Sep 2011 9:30 AM
 4 Jun 2006
 Kitchener, ON
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DS is still RFing at 21 months, and will be until we need that spot for another RFing carseat.

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 14 Sep 2011 9:42 AM
 16 Dec 2005
 Ottawa, ON
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20 months for DD, but only because DS was due the next month and we needed the passenger side for the bucket seat (DD's seat would not fit RF behind the driver's seat). With DS we plan to keep him RF as long as possible!

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 14 Sep 2011 10:14 AM
 8 Nov 2008
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DS is almost at the height limit of his Air Protect. We'll switch him when he reaches it. He's very tall for his age and very long waisted - his head is almost at the top of the side "wings" which I believe is the limit.

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 14 Sep 2011 10:25 AM
 1 Jan 2010
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Around 1 year for both my kids.

My thinking is that if you have an unhappy and distracting child in the car, that that is a risk factor you should consider in terms of whether to switch them FF.

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 14 Sep 2011 11:32 AM
 21 Mar 2006
 Toronto
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21 months for my eldest - this was before I knew about the 1" rule.

YDS, although we fully intended to ERF, suffered from horrible car sickness and would vomit almost every car ride that lasted over 15 minutes and we switched him around 14 months We tried every trick In the book and the only thing that stopped his screaming and vomiting was facing forward.

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 14 Sep 2011 11:40 AM
 22 Jan 2005
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DD was 3 in July and she is still RF. She weighs 30lbs and the seat goes up to 35lbs. I talked to her about switching her seat forward in the beginning of the summer and she said no way! I figure if it doesn't bother her than I will leave her RF until she reaches the weight limit (if that ever happens LOL!) Now if only her being RF didn't bother other people! I get a lot of strange looks from people when they see DD RF in the car.

Like everything else when it comes to raising a child - you have to do what is right for your family

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 14 Sep 2011 12:25 PM
 1 Sep 2008
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Around 2 years we started FF her. We did RF her for our vacation around that time though because we were driving a long distance on highways. I would have kept her RF if I drove alot but I don't so I felt comfortable doing FF at home.

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 14 Sep 2011 2:41 PM
 31 Jul 2003
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Around 2 years old.

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 14 Sep 2011 2:52 PM
 21 Jun 2005
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We switched DD around 22 months. She was having issues with her knees from the arthritis and the doctors recommended us turning her around so that she didn't have to keep her legs in a bent position.

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 14 Sep 2011 6:04 PM
 11 Sep 2007
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We are still RF at over three years old. She'll be RF until 4 years old. YDD will be the same unless we run into car sickness.

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 14 Sep 2011 8:12 PM
 5 May 2008
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She's still rf-ing at 27 months. She won't be switched until at least 3 years old (basically, am going to evaluate how it works when I have 2 LO's).

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 14 Sep 2011 8:17 PM
 27 Apr 2006
 Ottawa
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DS was 2.5 when he went FF in DH's car. He was RF in my car until the end of July, so, 2 yr 9 months.

DD will be RF for just as long, if not longer.

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 14 Sep 2011 8:19 PM
 6 Jun 2006
 Ottawa, ON
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I switched my eldest at 3.3yrs.

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 14 Sep 2011 8:21 PM
 16 Feb 2004
 Ontario
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We switched ODS when on his fourth birthday.

We plan to keep YDS rear facing for just as long.

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 14 Sep 2011 8:25 PM
 26 Feb 2009
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We have been debating this issue. DD is only 14 months but I am finding it looks like her legs are sort of scrunched up - isn't this an issue for most of your little ones when RF? We have a Britax Boulevard. She is for sure not 22 pounds yet though - is that the min weight for FF?

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 14 Sep 2011 8:57 PM
 23 Oct 2007
 Toronto
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DD is 28 months old and still RF. She's close to 30lbs and our True Fit goes up to 35lbs RF so we plan to keep her RF until she hits that limit (as long as she's happy). Knowing what I know about the safety issues, I wouldn't feel comfortable putting her FF until I have to.

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 15 Sep 2011 6:29 AM
 29 Sep 2010
 Burlington, ON
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We will turn DD sometime after her 2nd Birthday. She has gone through moments of screaming but if we are on a longer road trip, DH or I sit in the back and keep her company. She tolerates the short trips we make with her alone in town so never distracting.

Originally Posted By: Idgie
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 15 Sep 2011 9:56 AM
 28 Jan 2007
 Brampton, Ontario
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Sadly though, a recommendation is just not enough in the eyes of some people (most people, actually, outside of BB). If they made it the law for everyone, everwhere, then kids would be kept safer for a lot longer than they are. I have posted several times about how many people IRL just don't bother to even check the recommendations or even bother reading their car seat manuals. I'd say at least 4/5 families I know have switched their kids before they were a year old, simply because they outgrew the weight limits of their buckets. And far too many doctors, police officers, etc. are not educated on this either, and push the switch way too early too. If they implemented this law across the country, then there would be no question.

his.fallen.angel - I apologize. The last thing I read showed only BC having this law. I am definitely glad to hear Manitoba follows it as well. But then, I have family there that I know for certain does not follow that rule. Sad. Very sad.

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 15 Sep 2011 10:41 AM
 13 Aug 2008
 Ottawa
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I'm the minority here but we turned DD at 13 months. I always intended to keep her RF for as long as possible, but she's hated the car and screamed her head off every car trip since birth. We dreaded having to drive anywhere so we were at the point where we'd try anything. We turned her around and she's been happy ever since. I think the chances of me getting in an accident with a screaming child is higher since it's so distracting!

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 15 Sep 2011 12:26 PM
 28 Jan 2007
 Brampton, Ontario
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Good! So more are coming around. These must be relatively new laws though, because in 2008 they didn't exist.

See here

That was the most recent info I could find on CANADA's car seat legislation. So I'm glad more provinces have come around to changing their laws. I know Ontario hasn't yet, but I hope they do soon.

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 15 Sep 2011 1:20 PM
 30 Oct 2004
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First DS was a year old because he screamed the WHOLE first year of his life and would be sick (major reflux issues). We turned him and the motion sickness went away, so no more acid pain and no more screaming!

Second DS is still rear facing. He was FF from 18-33 months (at 18 months he had hit the height limit and was miserable, so we thought we should switch him), but requested to be turned around a few months back to play with his brother (so youngest is RF in the middle seat and oldest DS is FF in the back seat). He LOVES being this way and loves to be all nice and squished (I guess he's more secure). Since he's so small (29lbs and I think 35"), he has plenty of room left to grow! There are many inches left of hard shell in his BLVD!

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 15 Sep 2011 1:54 PM
 11 Aug 2005
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DS- 13 months

ODD - 27 months

YDD - not sure yet, hope to make it to at least 27 months like ODD smile

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 15 Sep 2011 1:56 PM
 30 May 2007
 Oakville, ON
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DS is still RF at 14.5 months, and will be at least until this next LO moves to a convertible (not sure if 2 RF convertibles can fit in my car), so hopefully until close to 2.5.

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