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Old 04-14-2014, 09:20 AM   #1
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Rear-facing child seat

My son is a month old as of yesterday. He has been in my Focus exactly 1 time. In order for the seat to fit in the back I need to have the passenger seat all the way forward and mostly vertical. My wife finds that less than comfortable so I am forced to drive her car, a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The thing handles like my 1986 Taurus did when it had 120,000 miles on it. I hate driving it.

Is it safe to put a rear facing child seat in the middle seat of a focus to allow the passenger set to go back further? Has anyone else had to deal with this? Will it get better in a year when he can go front facing or will his knees be on the passenger seat all the time?

I considered over the past couple weeks trading my focus in on a new Accord Sport with the 6-sp manual. (better mileage, power, availability, and resale value over a comparable Fusion with the 6-sp manual). Only problem is I am still way too upside down in my Focus to get rid of it... besides. I love this car and really don't want to see it go. It handles great, its very responsive, and the factory Sony stereo is amazing. I'd basically be getting rid of it because I need a bigger... strike that... USABLE back seat.


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Old 04-14-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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the middle seat is actually the safest place for a child seat
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Its probably cheaper to try and find a different car seat that doesn't take up so much room... unless your wife is really tall (5'8" +). I have had both the standard graco infant car seat, and a rather large evenflo tribute convertable car seat in the back of mine rear facing. My wife is only 6'5", but she had plenty of room.

It gets better when they go forward facing. At 6'3" i can sit in front of my 4 year old in his Radian RXT, or if he is in the evenflo tribute convertible. Although he can kick the seat if he wants too, I just take his shoes off.

I just had a fusion SE rental car, hopefully the accord is better, because it could not remotely compete with my focus.
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the middle seat is actually the safest place for a child seat
^^^This. The middle is exactly where you should be putting it. It keeps your child as far away from impact areas as possible.
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Its probably cheaper to try and find a different car seat that doesn't take up so much room... unless your wife is really tall (5'8" +). I have had both the standard graco infant car seat, and a rather large evenflo tribute convertable car seat in the back of mine rear facing. My wife is only 6'5", but she had plenty of room.

It gets better when they go forward facing. At 6'3" i can sit in front of my 4 year old in his Radian RXT, or if he is in the evenflo tribute convertible. Although he can kick the seat if he wants too, I just take his shoes off.

I just had a fusion SE rental car, hopefully the accord is better, because it could not remotely compete with my focus.
Right now We are using the Gracco infant seat until he is a little bigger. Once that is out I want to get the new Evenflo convertible (i think its the triumph LX or something like that). Its a good price and the blue in it is almost like the Blue Candy paint on my car.

I really love my car but i just feels too small for him and all his stuff that has to go with him.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:33 PM   #6
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You need to read the instructions that came with the seat. The graco seat I have for my daughter says it's fine to put it in the middle, but it's different for each seat design.
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The middle area is good for ONLY having one LATCH style seat in the car, so be warned. The hooks that you have to use to put it in the middle are intended for both sides and only one latch can be on each. I'm 5'11 and my wife is 5'4. We had zero issues with our Babytrend in the middle set up to spec.
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Have a Britax Marathon 70 in the middle with no problems and it replaced a Graco SafeRide. Both fit fine in the middle, and as others have said, the middle is the safest place to have it.
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We are using graco infant seat also for my daughter and placing it in the middle. For the first couple times we tried the passanger seat but had the same issue as you. After placing it in the middle there is much more room for the passanger. Do it like people said its the safest.
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