Booster type: High back booster
Weight: 30 to 120 lbs.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Three out of five stars.
Pros: Extra large side wings provide sleep support, adjustable headrest. Seat recline. Lightweight.
Cons: Requires vehicles with rear headrests. Pricey.
Comments: The Rodi AP ($160) features Dorel’s “Air Protect” side impact cushions, which are integrated into the height adjustable headrest. When you pull the headrest up, it also widens the body to better fit a growing child. The Rodi AP now goes up to 120 lbs.
Reader feedback on this seat has been mixed. Yes, the seat is lightweight (about 10 lbs.). Yes, it adjusts and fits kids pretty well. But there isn’t much padding in the seat area . . . and where is the cup holder? There are no LATCH connectors to hold the seat when unoccupied.
Another major negative: like most Dorel boosters, the Rodi must be used in a back seat that has headrest support—something lacking in a good number of vehicles.
These negatives aside, the Rodi AP earned a Best Bet (in high back mode) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Rating: B