I drive a Suzuki XL7 with a third row and have three little ones. My 2 month old is in a graco snugride on one side of the second row and my four-year-old is rear facing in a Safety First Alpha and Omega on the other side of the second row. I was only able to get a good install for these seats with the latch system, so I cannot use the middle seat per the car manual. Also, there is not enough room in between these seats regardless. This leaves my six year old in the third row in a high backed booster.
My question is how safe is the third row? There is only a foot or so between the back door and the third row seats. I worry about my oldest son's safety back there. Also, it is a pain to get him in as he must go in the back door or climb over the middle row of seats. The only way I can think of to fit all three in the middle row would be to move my 4-year-old to a high backed booster. He will sit properly 100% of the time. (He's just always been calm and cooperative.) My concern is that he is tiny (32.5 inches and 31 pounds). Our graco turbobooster is rated for 30-100 pounds and it does seem to position the belt appropriately, but I wonder if it is acceptable for such a little person to be in a booster? Any advice would be much appreciated. My primary concern is my children's safety. I can buy new seats if necessary. Thankyou!