CAN I FIT THREE CHILD RESTRAINTS IN MY CAR?

A COMMON ISSUE FACED MY MODERN FAMILIES.

The team at Buckle Up Baby Australia is often asked which is the best way, and which is the best combination to fit three child restraints into their cars.

So baby number three is on the way. Congratulations!! With all the excitement that you must be feeling, we know that there’s also some concern about how number three will fit into your world.

One of those concerns is your vehicle. You already have two child restraints in your current vehicle, but will you adequately be able to fit three in the back seat? Will you need to purchase new car restraints? Or, will you need to purchase a new car?

THE CHALLENGE

It has always been a challenge fitting three restraints across the rear seat of many vehicles, and now with the new wider restraints it has become even more difficult. The model of your car, your restraint requirements, and the size of your restraints all play a role in whether or not three seats will successfully fit.

Whilst each situation needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, there are some things that you can look for that will help you determine if you’ll be able to fit three seats:

1. Anchorage location
Where are the anchor points located? How many do you have? Are they in a useable position that will not limit your cargo area?

2. Seat width
Is the rear seat wide enough to fit three restraints? The minimum width you will require is 125cm of flat useable seat, between side cushions and free of contours.

In many cars, when you open the car door the moulding of the seat or sometimes the wheel arch can reduce the usable seat area substantially, sometimes as much as 150mm – 200mm each side.

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3. Seat belt buckle location
Will the child restraint / booster sit on top of the fastening buckle and make it hard to reach or impossible to use?

With 3 seats butting up to each other it makes access to the seat belt buckles very difficult to access. In many modern cars, the centre seat belt buckles are approximately 300mm apart and are fixed and low to the seat.

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4. Boosters
Moving an older child into a booster is not always a solution, and may more issues (as stated above). Leave them in a full restraint until they reach 18kgs or until they are too tall for the restraint as it is safer and easier to use.

Safety: Be aware that every step up to the next type of restraint is a step down in safety.

In many cars, when you open the car door the moulding of the seat or sometimes the wheel arch can reduce the usable seat area substantially, sometimes as much as 150mm – 200mm each side.

WILL 3 SEATS FIT IN MY CAR?

This question is easily up there as one that we are asked most often. The tricky part is that there is no simple answer. It comes down to the model of your car and the combination of car seats that your family requires – rearward facing, forward facing, boosters, capsules, convertible car seats – the combinations are almost endless.

We’ve compiled a list of cars and models to help you determine IF it is possible to fit three car seat restraints in your car. This is just a guide only, and we recommend that you get a personal assessment before purchasing new car seats, or even a new car.

Download our Guide to 3 Seat Fitting List here.

A PERSONAL ASSESSMENT

The team at Buckle Up Baby Australia are qualified and professionally trained to install and give you advice about the most suitable car restraints for your precious cargo. If you’re unsure if you can adequately accommodate three restraints in the back seat of your car, please call Buckle Up Baby Australia for personal advice, tailored to your model of car and your child restraint needs.

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