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#1 of 46 Acura MDX & car seats
Sep 22, 2007 (10:00 pm)
I am thinking of buying an Acura MDX and wanted to know if anyone out there drives one that can tell me if there is room for 2 car seats next to each other. I have the Britax Marathon and will use a Graco infant car seat once my baby is born. So my question is.... is there enough room for the Britax and Graco next to each other?
Or 2 Britax' next to each other. I am trying to avoid putting them at each window.
#2 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [ljanny]
Sep 24, 2007 (4:42 am)
The center position is not the safest place for mounting any car seat.
The seats are deeper on the side positions and allow the car seat to center and rest tightly within.
The center mount ALWAYS has some side-to-side movement and is not the ideal position for the seat to be placed.
Is there a reason why you prefer this setup?
#3 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [scottm123]
Sep 24, 2007 (11:48 am)
I understand that it is safer.
Do you happen to drive an MDX and use car seats?
My only issue is that is you have a car seat at each window how do you access the 3rd row of seats.
With the car seat strapped in at the passenger side how would one get to the 3rd row if they cannot move this seat up to step over??
#4 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [ljanny]
Sep 24, 2007 (12:38 pm)
My wife has managed to squeeze 2 car seats and a booster seat inbetween them in the 2nd row. Don't know how to access 3rd row from 2nd w/ that configuration, maybe the tailgate.
#5 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [ljanny]
Sep 25, 2007 (4:25 am)
I do have an MDX and we do have a car seat.
There are times, when taking our niece for a weekend, that we have 2 car seats... but we do not mount in the center position, for the reason I mentioned previously.
I don't use the third row seats.
They're too small, even for children and are also very uncomfortable.
Maybe my opinion on the third seat will change when I become friends with a family of leprechauns who always want me to drive us everywhere.
Until then, the third row stays down.
The center position is just not safe.
Your child is safer on a side position, even in a crash scenario, as the mounted seat will stay in place.
I cannot guarantee the same for a center mounted seat.
Being a family orientated vehicle, the center of the second row should allow access to the third row.
The current design is moronic, IMO.
#6 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [ljanny]
Oct 16, 2007 (10:29 am)
We have two Britax Marathons (for twins!) on our 07 MDX, and have had them in both of the outboard 2nd row seats as well as had them installed left side & center, although it was a tight squeeze and took extra time to install them this way. We used this configuration only so that the passenger side 2nd row seat was available for an adult passenger. It barely allows access to the third row, the fold down seat scrapes on the middle car seat, I'd only use it this way as access to the third row as a last resort. If you only need to access one of the third row seats, it's a simple matter to leave the other one folded down and access the seat through the tailgate.
A properly installed car seat is just as safe in the center position as in the outboard positions. Acura did install latches for the center seat, after all. It might even be safer, as the car seat is further from any potential side collision.
A good installation tip is to have the 2nd row seats at their most reclined position (they don't recline very far) while installing the car seats. After putting your full weight on them, and pulling with all of your strength to get them as snug as possible (using LATCH), move the seat backs to their most upright position. This pretty much locks the car seats in place, even in the center position.
And, about the third row seats - I wouldn't want to ride in one for along trip, but they're ok for short trips for adults 6'2" and under. We did a 3 couple - full day wine tasting trip to Napa & my tall buddy had no issues sitting back there. Certainly not as comfortable as the front, but highly usable.
#7 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [gene00]
Oct 21, 2007 (4:34 am)
With the latch system, the center seat is far and away the safest position, on any vehicle. All the safety reviews advise the center position, it's just harder to get the kids in and out of it.
The third row isn't bad. I have an '07 and my five year old loves the "way back". When his legs get a bit longer, he may not. But, unless you buy a Yukon, Enclave or something that size, non of the rear seats are very spacious.
#8 of 46 center car seat
Nov 28, 2007 (9:44 pm)
I just installed the Britax Roundabout in 2nd row center seat of our 04 MDX. The fit was perfectly solid with the seat-belt and tether (it was already very solid without the tether) with the seat rear-facing.
#9 of 46 rear facing car seats
Dec 12, 2007 (9:24 am)
does anyone have the new 2007 MDX with a rear facing Britax marathon or similar car seat? how does the car seat fit when it is rear facing? does the front passenger need to move the seat forward a lot for it to fit well? is it latched on the side or center of the second row? does one location fit better than the other?
#10 of 46 Re: rear facing car seats [loisbrantley]
Dec 12, 2007 (3:01 pm)
I do. Fits fine. Plenty of room. If you are tall enough to put the kid in the middle, do that, it's safer.