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#34 of 46 Re: Center position fro a car seat in teh MDX [andrewnj]
Apr 11, 2010 (7:02 am)
andrewnj- Thanks for providing me the information about your installations. It's really great to hear because I have a marathon and was looking to get a radian as well. But, did you do those installs by sharing a LATCH anchor?
In regards to the LATCH anchor sharing, it is very dangerous. The LATCH anchors are designed to hold only a certain amount of weight and just one carseat at a time. (The women on car-seat.org are very helpful and could answer any questions you have about carseats. I've learned a lot on that site.) Also, I went and double checked my 2010 MDX manual and on page 49 it states, "Do not attach two child seat connectors to a single lower anchor at a time."
The awesome thing about the MDX is how "car-seat friendly" it is. That's why I bought it. So, even if it was safe, you won't have to "LATCH share" anyhow because there are lots of options for you in this car. The fact that it has three separate sets of LATCH in row 2 and top tether anchors in ALL seating positions in rows 2 and 3 make it a great choice for families with children in carseats.
Hope that helps!
#35 of 46 Re: Center position fro a car seat in teh MDX [familycar5]
Apr 11, 2010 (5:52 pm)
Thanks for the additional information, familycar5.
And yes, the installation I tried in dealer was sharing the latch with driver side seat as I couldn't find the one for center back then.
#36 of 46 Re: Center position fro a car seat in teh MDX [andrewnj]
Apr 12, 2010 (7:53 am)
"BTW, I was able to install a sunshine(80 lbs) in the middle and a marathon in outboard seat"
My kids (4 and 1 1/2 years) would bop each other in the head all day if they sat that close, they need the space, lol.
#37 of 46 Re: Center position fro a car seat in teh MDX [andrewnj]
Apr 13, 2010 (9:21 am)
andrewnj- No problem! I think that you'll still be able to do the marathon and radian next to each other when using the separate LATCH anchors you'll find outboard and in the center position.
Just thought I'd post some more info for others that come to this thread that I gathered about the dangers of sharing LATCH anchors:
LATCH anchors are designed to hold just one connector and be pulled at a certain angle on impact. Having two connectors on one anchor would overload the anchor in terms of force, but also pull the anchor in two different directions. Add to that the fact that two connectors attached so closely together could potentially cause each one to either fail completely or detach from impacting against one another, and you basically have a recipe for disaster.
There is no safety advantage to using LATCH. Seatbelt installation is just as safe. It's not uncommon to hear of people using LATCH in a seating position that does not offer it (also known as "borrowing"), and using both LATCH and the seatbelt... "just in case". So in the end, it's never okay to double up. Not a single seat manufacturer allows for it, nor do any automakers.
#38 of 46 how to get a tight fit w/a Radian 80?
Apr 17, 2010 (7:10 am)
I'm new to this thread so my apologies if this is a repeat question, but I'm in a rush to get my carseat fixed!! How do I get the radian to install tight in my '04 mdx (behind driver side)? I went to 2 fire stations and the techs could only get it installed (w/LATCH) in a way that made the seat still move up to 5" side to side... I'm not impressed!! My Britax Regent and Marathon each install *solidly* in the car... the car moves, not the seat - but the Radian is terrible. Don't want to replace it but am at a loss on why it's not installing tightly... please help!
#39 of 46 Re: how to get a tight fit w/a Radian 80? [herzfamily]
Apr 17, 2010 (7:52 am)
That doesn't sound like a good install on your Radian, I agree. Were you trying to get it forward facing or rear facing? I've heard that rear facing is HARD (unless it's in the center) but i hear forward facing installs are great with the Radian in the MDX.
I highly suggest visiting the car-seat.org website. Start a thread in the "carseat question, tips, and advice" section and there will be lots of people to help you out. There are a bunch of ladies on there that are quite familiar with the Radian and how to use it in the MDX.
#41 of 46 2008 Acura MDX 3rd Row
Aug 03, 2010 (6:01 am)
Is it possible to remove the 3rd row? Will I get additional trunk room for the golf clubs and will it help mileage?
#42 of 46 rear-facing convertible car seat in 2012 MDX
Feb 16, 2012 (7:30 am)
does anyone have any experience with rear-facing convertible car seats to put in the rear passenger-side 2nd row? we are both 6 feet tall, so we need something that is not too big to allow the front passenger seat to be back a little, not forward all the way. we have a sunshine kids radian 65 forward facing for our oldest...but when that was rear facing in our Maxima, my knees touched the glove box when I was in the front passenger seat.
#43 of 46 need to fit 4 car seats in my MDX, help!
Apr 11, 2012 (12:17 pm)
I'm trying to provide day care for a friend but it would mean fitting two rear facing car seats in the middle row and two front facing car seats in the back row. The manual says the back row can hold front facing car seats, but when we took our car seats to our local police department to have them properly installed, the three police men gave up after an hour and a half. Something about the angle of that back seat and the seat belt was causing the seat belt clip to move, meaning the car seats would get installed securely, and three minutes later they would be loose again.
I've been told by Acura that it is possible, but it's going to depend on the car seat as much as anything else, and they have no recommendations. Does any one have a car seat that they have safely installed in the last row that they can tell me the make and model on? Thanks in advance for any help!