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DS is 40 pounds and 40 inches. We bought a used Escape last night!!! Much faster than we thought we'd be switching vehicles. We can get a rock solid install in the middle of my current 300M....we tried last night to get it in the middle of the Escape...probably good enough as it barely moved, but it didn't feel as rock solid as the 300M.<br><br>
The only difference is the Escape has the lap/shoulder belt in the middle which is difficult to tighten...it does have the option to turn off the ESR (emergency retrator) and have it be standard, so no need for lock off.<br><br>
It seems no matter the vehicle getting him in the center seat kills my back. I've a long history of back problems...he can crawl in now by himself, but I still need to buckle. So for now I'll have to get in the seat next to him to save my back. With another baby (hopefully soon!) I will have to have them both outboard...so what is the difference in safety middle vs outboard FF?<br><br>
Off to check out the car seat safety website...
 

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Middle is going to be safer b/c it's the farthest away from any crash point. Everyone can't sit in the middle though when you have more than 1 child. In my van, I only have one that's not in the middle though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You also have to weigh being a good, functioning mom everyday vs the time spent in the car and safety. It's not always cut and dry that middle is best in some situations. AJ didn't get to ride in the middle spot till he was 1 and then 6 mos later Evan was born and he got kicked back to the side. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Middle is safer. BUT dd has always been outboard. We have a civic and if she was in the center, I couldn't ride in the back with her. It was a trade-off.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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If you can get a good tight install in the middle, I would put it there for sure. Much safer since with a side impact crash your DC would be impacted less.
 

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Otoh, even when we had only one car seat, the car seat techs would place it outboard because they couldn't get a tight install in the middle. Now we have 2, and neither can go in the middle.
 
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