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I own an oldish (94) camary wagon that I really like and have decided to keep instead of taking the plunge and buying a minivan right now.<br><br>
My kids are all fine and well in their seats but my question has to do with the third row pull out seat that this car has. The seat faces backwards and it does have lap and shoulder belts.<br><br>
Does anyone know if it is safe to put a child in a booster seat in these third row seats? Sometimes I would like to take one of my dd's friend's with us on little outings.<br><br>
I can't put her in the middle of the second seat because it only has a lap belt.
 

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No, it is NOT safe. Those seats shouldn't be used by anyone.<br><br>
HOw old are your kids? If anyone is still in a harnessed carseat, you can put that in the middle.<br><br>
There are harness options for an older kid that can be placed on a lapbelt only seat like the 86-Y, which is for larger older kids.<br><br><a href="http://www.ezonpro.com/instructions/EZONinstructions_familyVehicle_86y.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.ezonpro.com/instructions/...ehicle_86y.pdf</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, it is NOT safe. Those seats shouldn't be used by anyone.</div>
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Huh. I'd never heard that before. I know that most carseats can't go there, but never heard that they were particularly unsafe- why is that?<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Huh. I'd never heard that before. I know that most carseats can't go there, but never heard that they were particularly unsafe- why is that?<br><br>
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A couple of reasons.<br><br>
One, those benches often have 40 lb weight limits per side (80 total). Obviously, anyone that light should be in a harnessed carseat. Which can't go in a rear-facing seating postition.<br><br>
The BIG one is that in a station wagon, the trunk is designed to be the 'crunch zone'. In a rear-end impact, the trunk is supposed to 'accordion' so that the energy isn't transferred to the main passenger seating area. Not so good for someone sitting back there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">
 

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Interesting... thanks... I haven't even seen a car with those in years... but I remember sitting in them tons as kid... (often in friend's volvos... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> you'd think those would have been safe...)<br><br>
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I used to ride in the back of those when I was very young...six? seven? in my mother's taurus station wagon. Just a lapbelt, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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And see, i was always told they were safe enough. Check the weight limit, obviously. The limits on the Volvo are 88lbs per seat and we have allowed older kids who passed the 5-step test despite being under 80lbs to ride back there. It saved the front-facing bench for the car seats and allowed the older kids to ride rear-facing.<br><br>
Of course, this was on an ancient Volvo that probably was pre-crumple zones. It did have lap/shoulder belts.<br>
Here's a thread on car-seat.org <a href="http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=979" target="_blank">http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=979</a><br><br>
And yes, you can still get Volvos with 3rd row seating, which is *out* of the crumple zone, after reading some stuff online. yay!
 

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Our handbook says that the seat doesn't have a weight limit. But we have not used it for exactly that reason-it feels like you are sitting too far back and I would be terrified to be rear ended.<br><br>
Thanks, you kind of reaffirmed what I was thinking about the situation.
 
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