Last post on Jul 06, 2009 at 10:07 AM
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#3 of 4 No middle seat - right or left?
Jun 27, 2009 (6:48 pm)
So if you're trying to put a child seat into a car with no middle seat, is it generally better to use the seat behind the passenger or the driver? I've seen a lot of contrary advice on the Internet.
Behind driver seat:
--easier for driver to immediately access before and after trip
--driver instinctively protects his or her side of the car when driving (?)
Behind passenger seat:
--easier and safer for curbside unloading
--statistics apparently show fewer serious collisions on passenger side (?)
--easier for driver to "touch" the child from the driver seat
--assuming taller spouse is driving, there is more likely to be more clearance behind passenger
Any other thoughts?
#4 of 4 Re: No middle seat - right or left? [gambit293]
by vg33e power
Jul 06, 2009 (10:07 am)
I personally have my rear-facing child seat behind the my seat (driver's side) because the usual ingress and egress for passengers seems to be on the passenger side regardless of having a slider on the drivers side. Plus, I have the touring model so the passenger side 2nd row seat stores the center fold out table/cupholders which I did not want the car seat to intefere with since it is accessed from time to time. Just my $0.02