Back from two checks:
- One with certified child passenger seat safety tech at the police station. She said we should have our DS rear facing, in the middle. She said middle is always safest, no matter what car type. 'Middle, middle, middle!', she emphasized. And our car seat was installed correctly, fwiw. My DH is an engineer of sorts so I hadn't doubted that so much...
- One with certified child passenger seat safety tech at the monthly free babies 'r' us car seat check day. They said that we should put it behind the passenger seat and it's okay to go forward facing at this point (DS is 14.5 months, 20+ lbs.). They said our car seat was installed correctly, too. And it's a good type for our car.
What should I do? We aren't able to drive longer than 10-15 minutes MAX and have not done so for the life of my son because he is absolutely hysterical in the car. We mused that forward facing would improve this, but of course, we don't know. And I'm confused about the advice on car seat placement.