Post # 1
We have the Chicco KeyFit 30 and I drive a 2010 Toyota Prius, which has the LATCH system. One of the manuals (either for the car seat or the car, I forget) says that the seat should be placed on one of the outboard seats. It doesn’t say not to use the center seat, but it doesn’t say that it can be used, either.
We had originally placed the car seat in the center on the advice of two people we trust implicitly. However, today I met with a detective at my local police department who is certified in car seat safety/placement, and he advised putting it on an outboard seat.
Where are you putting your car seat? In the center or on the side? And why?
Post # 3
Well, my kiddies are grown but they went in the center. It’s the safest spot. I would be nervous to have my baby near the door, to be honest. But it’s sometimes unavoidable, so go with whatever is safest in your car.
Post # 4
We have the same car seat, and ours is on the side. Honestly, I have no idea why. My husband did it, and he’s the kind of person who does his research on those things, so I didn’t even question him.
Post # 5
That’s so funny that you say that. My son is in the center, he always has been. He is now 2, and when we switched over car seats, I went to the fire hall to make sure everything was accurate, as I did the first time, and they ( there were 2) told me the center for sure. Obviously sometimes it is unavoidable, like if you have more than one child. But that is my experience.
Post # 6
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Huh. I was advised to use the center seat in the case of a side collision. It seems safest to me…
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Post # 8
I used the center for a long time. Felt safer to me.
Post # 9
Center is the safest…. in accidents alot of times the front seats themselves will go back and forward again and can injure those sitting behind them. Not to mention if you got hit from the side…
Now that we have DS AND another lo on the way though we’ll probably sit it on one of the sides just for fitting them.
Post # 10
Interesting that the PD recommended the side seats.. I’m not sure if that’s something specific to those models of cars, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the center rear seat as the safest spot for baby, based on the best evidence. Thats the newest recommendation as of this year, with an addition of keeping baby/child rear facing until 2 if they will tolerate it.
Post # 11
My husband is a police officer and is certified in safety seat checks. He always installs his daughter’s car seat in the middle in our cars.
Post # 12
Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate everyone’s input.
We’ll be moving our seat to the center today.
Post # 13
I’ve never seen a car seat on the side. It just seems like it would be safer in the center just for sake of side impact?
Post # 14
I totally depends on the car you have I would follow the instructions of the car. I know someone who had twins so ofcourse her car seats were on the sides and her car actually had instructions to put the car seat on the sides anyway.
Post # 15
Center seat is the safest location for carseats.
Most cars that have a middle seat do not have middle seat latch (especially lower anchors). We have a Toyota Camry and use the middle seat. We installed our base with the seatbelt because of that issue. Using the latches for the side seats won’t provide the correct set up.
Carseats are hard for sure. Good Luck.
Post # 16
@regberadaisy: It does seem like it would be safer on the side. But the police officer suggested following the car’s manual.
@bells: That’s what I initially did, was follow the manual. But it actually does seem safer to put them in the center, especially in such a small car as ours.
This is exactly why I posted it, since there are lots of different thoughts…