I was having the same dilemma prior to getting it installed, but it turned out to be a moot point. It wouldn't have been possible to have it anywhere else & either of us to drive. My DH is really tall. I'm average & we have a decent size car, but even I would've had to change my seat position.
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19-01-2014 20:09 #21
19-01-2014 20:09 #22
Yep that would explain it I do have a split fold seat
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19-01-2014 20:33 #23
Hey Lexim, my hubby is an ex-firefighter too and he says yep, passenger seat is the worst spot. We put bub in the middle.
19-01-2014 21:20 #24
I have found the middle is best for us. As for the feather falling down the gap, I find if you raise the head rest and put the straps under them between the bars it can't fall.
I have seen many a parent have bub in the middle and child on the drivers side to get them out on the road without to much thought or a worry, and I cringe because they don't really look for traffic or are reaching for bags and such while leaving the child to run to the footpath.
I guess it all comes down to where the seats can fit and get a secure tether that is applied safely, if that's behind the passenger then so be it.
One thing I know a lot of people don't think about is third row seats. I know friend who have a third row in a station wagon and now with all the 7 seaters they are more and more common. Usually because the third row are smaller children are the one in the third row. With 4 kids we had to get a people mover and chose the Kia grand carnival because there is about 1.5meters behind the third row before the tail gate. With many of the other cars there is only about 20cm before the rear of the car and the back of the seat. I was way to worried about any possible rear end collision to get any car other than the grand carnival, and low and behold we were rear ended and the tail gate got smashed in had it been any other car I'm sure the rear seat would of been impacted.
19-01-2014 21:30 #25Senior Member
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When DD1 was a baby we had the capsule behind the passenger seat so as to be on the kerbside.
When DD2 was a baby we had the capsule behind the driver so that the 3yo was on the passenger side. After all DD2 wasn't going anywhere without us and DD1 could get in the car by herself.
With DS we've put the baby capsule behind the driver so his sisters can get out on the kerb. When DD2 no longer needs an extra seat then DS will go in the middle to even the space up a bit. At least that's the plan.
19-01-2014 21:34 #26
Rear facing was the middle because that's the only place it would fit. Now forward facing toddler is on the passenger side for him to get out curbside an dh (usually the driver) is tall so his seat is too far back for a seat to go behind.
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19-01-2014 22:08 #27
I have always thought that behind the driver was safest in an accident, but for every day ease of getting baby in and out of the car and being away from traffic when doing so, particularly when street parking, the passenger side is better.
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19-01-2014 22:13 #28
As long as your restraints are installed correctly and your babies are restrained in their seats correctly (tight straps, right strap slots) and are in the right seats for their height then they will be safe in any side of the car.
19-01-2014 22:18 #29
If you a 50/50 split seat your car will most likely only have 2 anchor points, not always to do with age.
Both our cars are '92 (Toyota Camry Sedan & Wagon) and both have 3 anchor points.
Wheras our Toyota Celica only has one on the passenger side as it's a 4 seater sports car, such a pain in the butt.
21-01-2014 19:04 #30Senior Member
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Mine is behind the passenger seat, but now I think about it it probably is better behind the driver's seat. I THINK my maternal instincts would have me swerving the car to save my baby, but why not protect yourself an baby at the same time - which you would be doing if you were both on the same side of the car.
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