Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Oak Harbor, Washington
So I couldn't get 2 LATCH'ed car seats in the third row and try to squeeze a small adult in the middle? That isn't going to happen, it sounds. What if one of the seats just used the shoulder harness to secure it? Do you think there would be enough room then?
We rented one for a few days in Orlando and liked it but I didn't really get a chance to mess around with the back seat.
It's a tough toss up between the large sunroof or the 8th seat!
Don't let the LATCH be your determining factor for two reasons: LATCH is JUST AS SAFE as a seatbelt whereas both require right installation. and two, Kids outgrow LATCH rather quick now. LATCH recommended weight is 60 pounds COMBINED. that means, the weight of your carseat PLUS the weight of a child. An average carseat with steel frame is about 25 pounds. An average weight of a two year old is 25 pounds. You have just 10 pounds to play with before reaching the max. The average weight of a three year old is 36 pounds. So, in three years, your child will outgrow LATCH.
Now, LATCH is easier to install right, but you can make use of the seatbelt AND the lower TETHER section on the third row with carseat either in the middle (where latch is) or on the drivers side (no latch). Chrysler allows that configuration.
Therefore, the real question is, can an small adult fit in between the two carseats when they are outboard? Sure.. on short trips no problem.
FYI: you should ALWAYS use the lower TETHER spots when installing a carseat regardless of the seatbelt or LATCH and regardless of WEIGHT as there is no weight restriction. It only serves to reduce whiplash.
Source: various research from various carseat blogs over the past three years.
Father of thing 1, thing 2, thing 3, thing 4 is getting a minivan.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus with Tow, Advance Safety, 8 passenger, Tire/wheel, and Nav.
*Ordered 1FEB and delivered 20MAR2017
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