Last post on Jun 04, 2007 at 1:07 PM
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#1 of 2 Increasing Driver Comfort
Jun 02, 2007 (9:59 am)
I had a hard time categorizing this because it covers so many areas. I have a 05 MPV and 3 kids, a 5 year old and twin boys almost a year. The easiest seating arrangement, obviously is the twins in the middle row and the oldest in the back. I think this is the way Mazda designed it with the LATCH in the mid-row not in rear. I have to scoot the driver seat up with car seats in 2nd row, I'm 6'1" and that becomes problamatic in many ways. One, overall comfort, my knees hit the dash, I lose the ability for any reclining, etc. Two, safety, I feel like I'm eating the steering wheel so I know that if there were to be an impact for air bag deployment I could be seriously injured.
My only idea is to some how add track extensions to the 2nd row so I can push them back, since there's no leg room needed for the 3rd row, and I gain those few crucial inches needed while driving. I don't know if this have ever been done, or if it's even remotely possible.
Does anyone else have this complaint or recommend anything else? No, I can't and won't put the car seats in the 3rd row, for multiple reasons: Too hard to crawl in and out to get the kids back there, there's no LATCH in the 3rd row and the shoulder harnesses can't get tight/sturdy enough, and 2nd row is the safest spot in this car.
#2 of 2 Re: Increasing Driver Comfort [daddyearwig]
Jun 04, 2007 (1:07 pm)
I have a 04' MPV LX. I believe there is a way to modify the second row seats to get an extra inch or so in space... don't know if this would be enough space or not. e-mail me as I am not allowed to provide a link.