Join Date: Dec 2010
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This is my 2nd Outback and replacing this car is not an option, at all.
Here is my problem. When I bought my '06 new, I had one child who was in a booster seat. DD2 came along 2 yrs ago, and it was tight, but we managed to get DD1's infant seat properly installed in the middle, (on the hump) for DD2. DD1's booster seat fit very snuggly on either side, and even now at nearly 8 yrs old, she still has a hard time getting herself buckled. DD2 is still rear-facing in a convertible car seat, she is small & also I'd prefer to leave her rear-facing as long as possible.
DD3 is due 3-1-11. Infant seat that we got new with DD1 is past the 7 yr mark to use. I'm having a hard time finding an infant seat that will fit in the middle- much more room there to install an infant seat, plus it's the safest place to put an infant. They're all too 'long' now and they touch the driver & passenger seat, unless I slide them really far forward- too far forward for anyone with legs to ride up front.
Also due to it being an older seat, DD2 is about to outgrow her convertible seat in height & weight, so it must be replaced.
I've read reviews on several compact convertible seats- the Combi Coccoro & the Sunshine Kids Radian were the ones that I liked. Size wise they're perfect to fit into the backseat, except that all the negative reviews I've been reading about these seats are from Subaru drivers!
DD3 does not have to be an infant seat- a convertible seat in the middle is fine. DD2 has to be able to ride rear-facing still behind the passenger seat. DD1 has to be in a booster seat for another 30 lbs & 7" in height but her seat is fine to not be replaced- it is already a narrow, newer one.
I need a convertible seat for DD2 & 3. They can be in the same seat or different. But I need a convertible seat that is narrow (built for compact cars) but also 'short' enough that I can install them both rear-facing. I can buy one, and see how it fits, then determine if I should get another one.
All of the ones that I've read about I will have to order b/c I cannot find any of them in stores where I live. And not only will returning them be a pain, but 99% of the return policies say 'un-used', 'un-opened' etc. Not b/c they didn't fit my car.
All of my mommy friends have said 'Get a van' (not an option) or 'they were able to make 3 fit' (yes, in cars that have FLAT backseats...)
Subaru owners- please help me! What car seat models have you been able to install both rear-facing, one in the middle, one on the side and still had room for a booster on the other side? I see alot of Outbacks on the road. Surely someone somewhere has answered this question already.
(I did call Subaru Customer service, and they were NO help).