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So I was at the mall on Saturday, and they happened to be doing a carseat check outside, with local cops doing the checking. First they were suggesting I turn my dd forward facing (she's 19 months and 24lbs), but I politely declined, and then a supervisor agreed with me. Whatever.<br><br>
So then they told me that there's basically no way to fit 3 seats in the back of my car (2005 Honda Accord) and that I had to put my 2 carseats outboard. This is not acceptable to me, because sometimes we carpool, and sometimes an adult needs to sit in the back. That's the whole reason I bought a Radian! They did grudgingly install ds's seat in the middle of the back seat, and it seems to fit fine.<br><br>
And then for the final touch, they installed my ds's seat in the middle seat using LATCH, which I'm pretty sure is unacceptable (I think the LATCH is only for the outboard seats). I'm pretty sure I called Honda about this when ds was a baby and they said no, but I guess I'll call them again.<br><br>
Are some carseat checks not as good as others?
 

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Yikes! Unless your car specifically says it's okay to use the latch anchors like that, then no, it's not safe. Crazy that they were so wrong about stuff. I've heard of several people who have had whoever was doing a car seat check-up tell them to FF b/c the kid was a year old. I would bet that with an Accord you could safely get 3 car seats installed - especially with radians (or 2 radians and something else).<br><br>
It seems like cops and firefighters often don't know what they are talking about with regards to car seats. Kinda like some pediatricians and breastfeeding --or car seats, for that matter <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 the Accord has a pretty decent back seat, so yes, you should be able to get two seats side by side, especially if one is a Radian...
 

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Not all carseat checks are created equal, that's for sure. I lent a carseat to a friend and the first time I saw the baby in it, the straps were on incorrectly, so that they went through the middle of the baby's legs, not around the outside of the thighs. I pointed it out to her, and she said that that was how they had it at first, but they had the seat checked and were told they were doing it wrong!
 

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I would strongly recommend that you contact either you state Child Passenger Safety Coordinator, Safe Kids in your state or Safe Kids USA, when you come across a CPST giving out bad info. They are certified, and if we have people having trouble, or that are just plain WRONG, we need to know. Unfortunatly despite the best efforts on the behalf of Safe Kids (32 hour class, testing, skills eval, etc.)<br><br>
Now, on the Honda, that is not allowed, I double checked in the LATCH manual. Those Honda's are confusing, I advised a parent incorrectly recently when we didn't have the manual, they look alot like the evenly spaced lower anchors in several domestics that do allow center installs. I had the parent use the seat belt with lock offs while I double checked my manual, but I had to email her back and say I was wrong. A good reminder that we always need to double check!
 

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I would strongly recommend that you contact either you state Child Passenger Safety Coordinator, Safe Kids in your state or Safe Kids USA, when you come across a CPST giving out bad info. They are certified, and if we have people having trouble, or that are just plain WRONG, we need to know. Unfortunatly despite the best efforts on the behalf of Safe Kids (32 hour class, testing, skills eval, etc.)<br><br>
Now, on the Honda, that is not allowed, I double checked in the LATCH manual. Those Honda's are confusing, I advised a parent incorrectly recently when we didn't have the manual, they look alot like the evenly spaced lower anchors in several domestics that do allow center installs. I had the parent use the seat belt with lock offs while I double checked my manual, but I had to email her back and say I was wrong. A good reminder that we always need to double check!
 
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