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Old 03-08-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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Can you fit 3 car seats in your car?

No suggestions to buy a minivan please. It's not an option...

Has anyone managed to successfully and safely install 3 car seats in the back seat of their car?

I have a Subaru Outback and I need to get 3 car seats back there: 2 forward facing and 1 rear facing (no boosters).

What do you recommend?
I'm willing to replace the car seats I have b/c one was a hand-me-down anyway and the other one can go in my DH's car...

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Old 03-08-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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Re: Can you fit 3 car seats in your car?

My neighbor has a Mercury Sable and has three carseats in her's. Pretty much any mid-sized sedan will. But anything smaller, I doubt it. I've never really looked good at an Outback so I'm not sure.

And I just realized you're in NJ! So am I
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:25 PM   #3
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Re: Can you fit 3 car seats in your car?

Try using a Radian65 for at least one of the seats. I believe it is the narrowest seats available (or at least one of the narrowest). I have a Scenara and a Radian side by side in my mom's Saturn (both FF at the moment, but they fit with the Scenara RF and the Radian FF as well). I'm sure that we could fit another Radian in there as well.

The Radian can be hard to install in some cars, but I know it will go FF in the Outback with LATCH (my dad has an Outback). I haven't tried the seatbelt installation or the Radian RF in that car, but it went in rock solid with LATCH.

Apart from being narrow, the Radian is also a great seat in that the harness slots are high, so my tall, skinny DS will fit in the harness for a while longer.

You might also want to check out www.car-seat.org. There are lots of techs with experience fitting different seats in different cars. They might have some ideas for you.
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good luck......I brock down and bought the built in car seats in a .....MINIVAN AARRRRRGGGGGG
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good luck......I brock down and bought the built in car seats in a .....MINIVAN AARRRRRGGGGGG
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:46 PM   #6
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My neighbor has a Mercury Sable and has three carseats in her's. Pretty much any mid-sized sedan will. But anything smaller, I doubt it. I've never really looked good at an Outback so I'm not sure.

And I just realized you're in NJ! So am I
Cool...I'm in Berkeley Heights, up in the Watchung Mountains...Not as tranquil as it sounds
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Re: Can you fit 3 car seats in your car?

I just asked my neighbor what her seats are, 2 evenflo and 1 cosco. The Cosco has that bulky front bar thing that comes over the head (the words are escaping me as to what it is really called, blame it on the preggo brain) and the 2 Evenflos are booster convertibles so they are rather narrow.

I saw go to a Toys R' Us or Babies R' Us and ask them if it's ok to bring your car up to the front and test to see which car seats fit. I've seen them let people do it before.
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:48 PM   #8
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Re: Can you fit 3 car seats in your car?

Acura MDX or Honda Pilot.

Check em out.

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We looked at an Outback when we were looking to buy a new car....we took our carseats with us. We have 1 Alpha Omega FF, 1 Alpha Omega RF, and a Turbo Booster. Unfortunately, any way we tried, (even with the bases off of the Alpha Omegas) they would not fit. My DH REALLY wanted the Outback too!! But we ended up getting a Chevy Impala. The three seats fit nicely in the back...there is even room for our 5 yo to buckle herself (with our supervision of course). Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with the Outback...I hope you find something works!
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3 carseats fit in the back of my ford escape.
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