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    I'm full of questions lately - making some changes...

    um sure it's been asked a billion times in here but I took DS's car seat out (he's 2) to take a load of stuff to the dump and was just going to put it back in when the thought occurred to me which side it should be in. It's always been rear passenger but I know a couple of others put there's rear driver...?

    I found mixed opinions in a quick web search.

    Is rear driver side better/safer? My car locking system has gone bust on the passenger side which means the locks don't always unlock properly on that side and I need to use the key which is annoying. New car soon though so I'm not fixing it.

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    I think the middle is safest, followed by passenger side (so the child is getting out of the car on the footpath rather than in the middle of the road).

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    Default Re: Car seat side?

    left hand side then it always curbside to get them out of the car.

    Dds is in the middle at the moment.

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    Ah cool ok. I would have though middle least safe but hey there you go! Thx

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    I was told by the red cross who installed our seat that statistically the middle is the safest due to protection from side impacts.

    Obviously not much good once u need more than one car seat in the back tho

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    Yes! I guess the favourite child then gets the middle seat :O

    Terrible! Not a joking matter!

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    Default Car seat side?

    Favorite child??

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    Default Car seat side?

    DH and I just had this convo the other day as he didn't believe that ppl said the middle was the safest.

    When we have this baby in July, it will go into middle rear facing, DD (16-ish months by then) will go on the drivers side (currently middle rear facing) and 8yr old SD will go on passenger side so she can get in and out of the car safely during school pick up and drop off, which is where she sits now anyway.

    All these little things we have to think about!

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    I think how safe the middle is depends on your car too. Several have a raised arc of seat in the middle, which would mean the baby seat doesn't fit as securely as it would on either side.

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    Default Re: Car seat side?

    I'm going against the grain here lol I have DD2 behind the driver seat. When driving the drivers side has less chance of direct impact. Turning right at an intersection, the passenger side takes impact if a vehicle runs a red light or is just an idiot, turning left, there's minimal chance of direct impact to the drivers side because it's just the curb next to you and even in double lanes a vehicle won't really hit you headon. Just my personal preference and some food for thought

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