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3 car seats in a Prius?
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BubbaAndBump · 30/08/2009 19:38

Anyone managed this? (If so, what make?)

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BubbaAndBump · 01/09/2009 22:23

bump?

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BubbaAndBump · 03/09/2009 12:18

bumpety bump

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sazm · 03/09/2009 14:09

what stage carseats do you need to fit in?
do you have 3 x 3 point belts?or a lapbelt in the middle?

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BubbaAndBump · 03/09/2009 18:39

Hi sazm, it would be for one babyseat and two from 9 months (to 4 years).

We have three 3-point belts...

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sazm · 03/09/2009 23:09

hmm,will be a squeeze i would think,

i have a maxicosi baby seat and 3 britax highbacked boosters and they have fitted in various things from a corsa to a vectra!

could you put the baby seat in the middle and older ones seats either side??(thats the way we find easiest)

someone on here said that the britax prince seat (only about £60 at halforda ATM)are the narrowest 9m-4y seats,or you could go for the likes of the argos/mothercare boosters with the 5 point harnesses,

do you have a halfords/mothercare/toys r us near you?then you could try out some seats??

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BubbaAndBump · 04/09/2009 06:24

Thanks sazm I'll look in to the britax prince seat one (fairly sure there's width enough in the prius, it's just the seats are almost curved so the side seats are away from the door by quite a bit.

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warthog · 04/09/2009 06:34

i have two 9mo - 4 year seats and there's no way i'd fit a baby seat in the middle. only hope i think is to change to a booster before long. don't know about that britax prince seat though.

please let us know if you manage it, because i'll be asking the exact same question in a couple of months! (hopefully)

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sazm · 04/09/2009 08:29

soz i just looked at my first post saying i have a maxicosi baby seat and 3 highbacked boosters!!i have a maxicosi baby seat and 2 high backed boosters lol!!

lol,its the problem of the shape of your back seat,
i had 3 seats in a 3 door corsa with plenty room to get into the buckles,because the seat was totally flat from end to end,

my vectra has shaped seats so its not so easy!

you dont legally HAVE to have 3 seats in if you have one child over 3 then they can sit in the middle between the carseats (if you would be happy with this?)

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BubbaAndBump · 04/09/2009 14:10

Oh, didn't realise there was no legal obligation but not sure how I feel about that. Seems silly to compromise when it's a few £1000s for a different car at the end of the day...

You already pg warthog, or TTC #3?

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SchnitzelVonKrumm · 04/09/2009 14:33

would a baby seat, a stage 2 and a booster fit?

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sazm · 04/09/2009 14:42

yup,personally i wouldnt have any of my lo's in the middle with nothing ( mine are 5yo and under)
but if you already have 2 child seats fitted thus preventing a third from being fitted then its legal to use nothing so long as the child is over 3.
do you have a front airbag???are there always 5 of you in the car or could one of your lo's go in the front (thats what i do most days)

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BubbaAndBump · 04/09/2009 15:20

yes to front airbag - we would really need the car to be able to hold us all, then again if I ended up having twins we'd be stuffed anyway - just trying to get my head round things

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BoulderBum · 05/09/2009 10:15

I managed to get three car seats in a Prius pretty easily. You just have to buy the right kind.

Here's a blog about getting three car seats in the back seat of a Prius.

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BubbaAndBump · 05/09/2009 12:06

Fab, thanks BoulderBum

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