Does anyone know the rules relating to having car seats in the back (third) row of MPVs? We're looking at a Mazda MPV and the Maxi-Cosi fitting guide doesn't recommend fitting any carseats in the back row (or of any of the other 7 seaters/MPVs that I can see).
Is this a hard and fast rule? Are there other carseats that DO fit in the back row of MPVs?
We need to get three car seats in the back and are in New Zealand so can't go for any of the European cars recommended on here that fit three seats across the back.
There are know rules but I have had three mpv zafira , grand c4 and a grand renult scenic. It is to do with were the belts come from in the back. I can't remember which seats did go in. We did hire a mazda 5 (I think thats what it was) and our maxi cosi tobi did'nt go in.
My friend took one of these back with her to nz and as long as the belts are long enough (sit in the seat yourself and see if you can pull the diagnal belt down by the lap belt with you in it.
Or this one from the US. It is designed to be able to fit three across the average family car.
Where are you in New Zealand as there may be lots of mums with European carsets as they are legal there.
I know this thread is over 2 years old now, but, if the OP is still about: Did you end up getting the MPV? What did you do with the car seats? We have an MPV now, a toddler (2 1/2) and twins on the way... trying to sort out how things are going to work out in the car when three happens!