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Acura MDX, Car Safety, SUV
#7 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [gene00]
Oct 21, 2007 (5:34 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 (10:44 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 (10:24 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 (4:01 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.
#11 of 46 Re: rear facing car seats [loisbrantley]
Jan 20, 2008 (5:32 am)
i also have the same questions you posted (only I have a Radian 80 car seat)...and i am looking to buy an '08 MDX...did you ever find any answers to your questions?
#13 of 46 Anyone with an MDX and 3 young kids?
Jul 16, 2008 (7:05 am)
We have a 2007 MDX and am now expecting our third child by the end of August.
Our other two children are 4 and 18 months.
Anyone out there who is using this car with three kids instead of a minivan? Particularly with 3 kids in the 5 point harness seats.
I'm wondering what your seat configuration is and how it's working out for you. It's obviously a decision of driving performance versus convenience (of a minivan) - my husband and I are having a hard time deciding just how much more convenient the minivan would be.
#14 of 46 Re: Acura MDX & car seats [scottm123]
Aug 16, 2008 (10:00 am)
"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."
Nearly every expert (and nearly every empirical study) disagrees with you. I don't know if perhaps you are trying to justify your decision to locate your car seat in a window seat, but if properly installed a middle placement is far-and-away the safest location. If you have it installed professionally (out here in LA, you can have it done for about $40 at Tiny World in West LA), it will not move any more in the middle section than it does in the outer sections. And in the event of a side-impact crash, your infant is *FAR* safer in the middle.
There is a ton of information on child seat placement on the internet. For a discussion of a recent study that concluded that "Children seated in the center rear have a 43% lower risk of injury compared with children in a rear outboard position," click here: Study Shows Placing Car Seat in Center of Back Seat Cuts Risk of Injury in Crash
#15 of 46 Re: Anyone with an MDX and 3 young kids? [lisarob]
Aug 22, 2008 (6:36 am)
Curious if you ever decided your configuration for 3 young kids. I just bought an '08 Tech/Ent and also have 3 young kids (one in a toddler car seat w/ LATCH and the other 2 in booster seats). I've been wondering if I can fit them all in a row. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Right now the 2 in boosters think it's so cool to ride in the 3rd row and jump in through the tailgate (pretending they are Indiana Jones), but when we take a long trip and I want more storage I'd want to try and put them all in 2nd row.
We do have a minivan ('06 Odyssey) and there is definitely way more space. If I was taking an extended long distance trip w/ a lot of luggage, no doubt we'd take the minvan. But, it's nowhere near as fun to drive. A week at the beach (~2.5 hours away) and I'll try to cram it all into the MDX (have roof rails/cross bars, so I can throw my cartop carrier on), but anything longer probably the minivan.
#16 of 46 car seat tips
Jan 26, 2009 (7:28 pm)
We are looking to buy an 06 MDX. Test drove one today with our 4 yr old. We much prefer the center position, but the seat belt latch has kind of a flexible neck on it. When I cornered moderately hard the child seat tipped about 30 degrees. In an accident, or accident avoidance situation, it seems to have the potential to be very unsafe. For comparison, in our VW Touareg, and in Volvo XC90, the seat belts are kind of tight in cracks of seats and the child seats are locked in pretty tightly. Jeep Commander had same issue as MDX.
Just to clarify, I am not talking about infant seats that latch, but rather full size booster seats that only connect via seat belts.
I know lots of folks have this type of seat in an MDX...am I missing something?
Thanks much for any thoughts.