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Buckle crunch

(12 Posts)
Moredofbumsnet Tue 13-Sep-11 14:12:59

We have 3 dc and a really stupid car that has a narrow middle seat. If I put a high back booster in the middle it covers the seat belt clasp and so (I think) causes buckle crunch.Are the Kiddy car seats squashier so they won't snap the buckle? has anyone else got round this problem? At the moment we have to have dc1 in the front (high back booster no air bag) dc2 behind driver (HBB) dc3 (baby rear facing)behind passenger and me in the middle. When dc3 grows out of the baby seat (must weigh her) I won't have any shoulder room at all. Really do not want to have to buy a new car.

notfarmingatthemo Tue 13-Sep-11 20:45:39

some group 1 are narrow how old are your dc and what car have you got? A seat shouldn't cover the buckle as it might undo. If you can't find a group one that fits you could put dc3 on a bubblebum booster in the middle between the other two.
I have just got one and it is very narrow very easy for three to do themselves up. 9 year old and a 5 year old says it was really comfy

Moredofbumsnet Wed 14-Sep-11 12:50:41

DC1 is 6 and is definitely needs a highback booster, dc2 is 5,same, and dc1 is 1 and about to grow out of her britax babysafe (might last a few more months).
Can anyone suggests a group 1 car seat that has a small 'footprint' , we have maxi cosi priori and it is quite narrow but takes up a lot of space at seat level. Or any high back boosters narrower than the britax highliner?

aswellasyou Wed 14-Sep-11 15:00:37

Have a go with a Maxi Cosi Tobi. They often fit where others won't because of the narrow base. If you decide to buy one, there's a good deal here and use the code PLOFBK5OFF which gives you 5% off, making it £129.20.

nicm Wed 14-Sep-11 21:18:52

hi, have you thought about a rf stage 1 seat? they normally fit well because of the way they sit the boosters are normally under them and you have easier access to the buckles for the boosters. the hi-way 2 has a narrow base, so does the kiss but it's isofix so pretty pointless in a middle seat.


Moredofbumsnet Fri 16-Sep-11 13:27:30

I can't find the dimensions of the tobi anywhere but I think that nicm's suggestion of rearfacing may be the answer. I thought RF was out as the middle seat belt is short but I've now reaised that for group 1 the seatbelt routing is shorter. Finding somewhere near here with a hiway 2 to try is my next task.. Thanks everyone.

nicm Fri 16-Sep-11 20:33:17

What car is it? Maybe someone here or the rf website can help. I can measure the base of the hi-way for you if that would help?


thisisyesterday Fri 16-Sep-11 20:35:42

we had the same problem in my parent's renault scenic. hbb covers the buckle, but the britax 2 way elite (which is a rear-facing seat) fits fine. also doesn't need a particularly long seatbelt

Moredofbumsnet Tue 20-Sep-11 13:46:33

Please could you measure the hiway for me nicm that would be very helpful. There's not much in the way of carseat fitting places round here but if I can narrow it down a bit I can start asking around to see if friends of friends have seats I can try.It is a peugot 307 but there are many variations on that as someone on mumsnet said there was no problem fitting seats in a 307 when in ours there is.

Debs75 Tue 20-Sep-11 13:53:22

Go for a rearfacing seat for dd. There are many around and if you can get one which is isofix you don't need a seatbelt. You would have to put dd on the side and then the others in the middle and side but that should be fine.
If you can't find a carseat fitting place try some independent baby shops. I got my recaro polaric from a pram shop and he was registered and experienced to fit it. You will get some different opinions as one respected independent seller told me that rf are dangerous

Try for some help first

nicm Tue 20-Sep-11 21:00:58

hi mobn, the small bar at the front under the seat is 32cms, the widest part of the base is 47cms and the widest part of the head part is 42cms. it does fit in small cars although like you say every car is different, i have more space in a polo in the front than a volvo! confused the only friend i know with a 307 is an older sw estate 7 seater? don't suppose it's that one?


Moredofbumsnet Wed 21-Sep-11 14:38:15

Our 307 is similar (i think ) to a renault scenic, '3' (really 2.5) seats in the back and big boot. I hate it, it is dh's firm's car and so it won't go away very easily.Thanks for the cms.
Thanks debs I'll phone some smalller pram shops. Can't put the older ones in the middle as it covers the seatbelt clasp and could make them undo.I'm becoming convinced that i could fit a rf in th middle though.

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