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Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

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itsbabytime
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Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

And, therefore, cars in which it is not recc to install the seat in the center (b/c of a slight "hump") are not as safe for the carseat?

Is this the case? TIA!

ETA: If you did put the car seat on the side - what happens god forbid that side is hit full on? Does the airbag hit the seat? Is this safe? If not is there anything providing a buffer for the baby? TIA!

Message edited 2/20/2009 9:13:46 PM.

Posted 2/20/09 9:04 PM
 
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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

Usually the center is the safest. Read your car's owners manual.

Posted 2/20/09 9:20 PM
 

itsbabytime
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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

Posted by Tine73

Usually the center is the safest. Read your car's owners manual.



Yes, in my current car it is the safest. I am asking b/c we are buying a new car and trying to decide b/w two cars - one car you have to install the seat on the side b/c of a hump - I am wondering if therefore this car is less safe and I should go with the other especially since I plan to have more than one carseat back there - TIA!

Posted 2/20/09 9:22 PM
 

lovemy2boys
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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

I have an MDX and we had to install it on the passenger side according to the manual. I really don't like it, but if we had 2 dc's we would need to anyway

Posted 2/20/09 10:18 PM
 

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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

Rear-facing is generally safe in the middle. Front facing is not safer in the middle unless the front seat is a bench seat.

Posted 2/21/09 8:24 AM
 

headoverheels
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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

Posted by krissy888

I have an MDX and we had to install it on the passenger side according to the manual. I really don't like it, but if we had 2 dc's we would need to anyway



we had to do the same in our jeep. it's a good point about the two DCs - while in the center is safest, on the sides isn't UNsafe, otherwise you'd have to buy one car for each DC Chat Icon

Posted 2/21/09 9:20 AM
 

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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

We have them on the sides... no other way with two! Also the LATCH system doesn't work in the center in our car.

Posted 2/21/09 2:26 PM
 

itsbabytime
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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

Posted by SweetTooth

We have them on the sides... no other way with two! Also the LATCH system doesn't work in the center in our car.



That is a good point that others have made on this thread I didn't even think of! Thanks to all who responded.

I posted this b/c I am trying to decide b/w the subaru (which does not recc center installation) and the volvo (where it is fine) - obviously the subaru is more affordable so i was wondering if this was a drawback i needed to consider. Thanks again!

Posted 2/21/09 2:34 PM
 

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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

Posted by MsMBV

Rear-facing is generally safe in the middle. Front facing is not safer in the middle unless the front seat is a bench seat.



That's not true. The idea of being in the center is to give space between DC and a side-impacting car from both sides. If a car is installed properly, the front seats are irrelevant.

Posted 2/22/09 2:12 PM
 

GoldenRod
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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

Posted by SweetTooth

We have them on the sides... no other way with two! Also the LATCH system doesn't work in the center in our car.



LATCH isn't necessarily safer or better than the seat belt. You will eventually have to switch from the LATCH to the seat belt after a certain weight anyway. The LATCH system just makes it easier, not safer.

Posted 2/22/09 2:13 PM
 

snowflake08
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Re: Is it safer to install car seats (infant and convertible rear and frot facing) in the center back rather than on the sides?

It depends on the car
check the manual; mine says center but I dont think they all do

Posted 2/22/09 3:55 PM
 
 

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