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D.W. asks from Wilmington, MA on March 30, 2009
C.M. answers from Boston on March 31, 2009
Good luck with that, I was in a similar situation with my blazer, I tried 6 different seats, I brought the vehicle to the professional installers and there was no way. There was not much difference between the seat sizes. I ended up with a minivan.
E.J. answers from Boston on March 31, 2009
Sunshine Kids car seats. I have three across in my minivan, work great!
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T.T. answers from Boston on March 31, 2009
The narrowest car seat we have found is the Sunshine Kids Radian 80. It is heavy but generally it doesn't come out of the car so we don't mind. Our son started using it facing forward at 11 mos. and his cousin has used it everytime she visits (ages 3 and 4). She tells us it's very comfortable.
K.P. answers from Springfield on March 31, 2009
I was thinking about this same problem on my ride to work. I have a Kia Spectra and a Nissan Altima. We are considering having a third, but I can't afford 3 kids AND 2 new cars.
S.C. answers from Boston on April 01, 2009
Have a look at the Radian from Sunshine Kids. We have the Radian 80 (rated for infants through 80 lbs; also a Radian 65 model for kids up to 65 lbs) that is extremely narrow. Been very happy with it. Good luck.
N.D. answers from Springfield on March 31, 2009
I don't have your problem (3 kids, 1 backseat) but I do have a very small car and I purchased this: SafeGuard Go booster seat. Which is quite narrow and will do for the 3 year old and then if converts to a booster. So far we really like it, it attaches to the car's LATCH system and has a soft back. It also has a travel case which is why we bought it. It is a bit expensive (we think) but if it lasts for the next 6 years (we bought this when we switched to a forward facing seat this month) it will be worth it.
Hope you find a way, Good luck, N.
S.G. answers from Boston on April 01, 2009
Hi D., I had the same problem. I could not find any smaller car seats or booster seats. My kids are older and I got permission from my safety police officer in town to let my oldest boy sit in the front ( he is turning 10 this August). If you find a smaller car eat, please let me know. S. G
S.F. answers from Boston on March 31, 2009
The Britax Frontier is pricey, but it is an excellent option. It is narrow and still has side impact protection. It has a 5 pt. harness and can also be converted to a belt-positioning booster. I'd also do a google search on narrow booster seats. I haven't always had such good luck with the sales staff at Toys R Us or Babies R Us - sometimes they are knowledgeable, but it's really hit or miss.
R.K. answers from Springfield on March 31, 2009
Go to babies r us and ask them for help. They will go out to your car w/ you with floor models and you can see for yourself how they will fit, how they work, and if your children will be comfortable in them.