Rear facing convertible car seat for small car?

[deleted account] ( 6 moms have responded )

My husband and I drive a 2007 Toyota Corolla and I'm thinking of changing our rear-facing infant car seat to a rear-facing convertible car seat. My concern is that convertible car seat might be too big to fit properly in our small-ish car. Does anyone use a convertible car seat rear-facing in a Toyota Corolla or other similarly sized vehicle? If so, what brand? This would have to go behind one of the front seats or be narrow enough to fit next to our toddler's forward-facing car seat. Thanks!

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

[deleted account]

I would have to recommend the Sunshine Kids Radian car seat. It is specifically made for smaller cars. It has a nice narrow base and is airplane approved (extra info!). It should fit nest to your daughters with no problem. They are made to fit 3 across in almost any car. It rear faces to 30 pounds and front faces to 65 pounds (with the 5pt harness). It is good for 5 pounds-65 pounds. It also folds up and has a shoulder strap for easy transporting if you need to move it or take it somewhere. It is one of the highest rated car seats.
Side note: My son finds his super comfy!

Kat - posted on 05/13/2009

727

16

44

We have a convertible seat in a Ford Focus behind the passenger seat, we have no trouble with it. The brand is "Mothers Choice" - not sure if this is a world wide brand or not. It is still currently rear facing. Granted we can't recline the front seat or move it back any further, but we don't really need to & it's only for a few months in the scheme of things.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

6 Comments

View replies by

User - posted on 05/14/2009

175

0

19

I don't know if you're on iVillage or not, but I'd really suggest posting your query here as well: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppc...
The ladies on that Car Seat board are fabulous about recommendations. If you let them know your kids ages/sizes, car type, and budget, they can give you great suggestions that will be specific to your situation. A few of their member are even certified car seat safety techs.

[deleted account]

Thanks everyone for the input. I'm using a Cosco High Back Booster for my toddler. I actually really like seat. With my infant we're re-using our first's infant seat but I just learned that once the straps are washed (subnerged in water) they should no longer be used because the fibers have been compromised and won't give properly in case of an accident. This, of course, I found out several months after washing them! I haven't yet found replacement straps through the manufacturer, but am still trying that route. In the case I can't, I was thinking of a new car seat but would prefer a convertible so that we don't have to buy another one in a few month's time. The Sunshine Kids Radian sounds good since it's narrow, but it might be out of our price range. I was looking at the Cosco Scenera. It's possible that if we switch to this car seat now, we may potentially have another little one to take it once our daughter has exceeded the weight limit. All considerations, I suppose. But thank you all for your input! I always look at the convertible car seats and wonder "How would that fit in our car?" And most people I see with them around where I live have larger vehicles.

User - posted on 05/14/2009

175

0

19

Most convertibles actually take up LESS space front to back than an infant seat does, especially once you reach the point where you don't need the full recline. We've got a True Fit in our 2-door Monte Carlo right now and it fits just fine. I've also installed our Britax Marathon in that car as well. The Evenflo Triumph Advance is another good option as is the Sunshine Kids Radian that a previous poster recommended (especially if you're having trouble getting it in next to another car seat). If you're looking for something less expensive, the Cosco Scenera might work (but know that if you go that route, you'll need to buy another seat later since it RF to 35lbs, but only FF to 40lbs, which is before most kids are ready to be without a harness safely).

Which seat do you have for your toddler right now?

Gemma - posted on 05/13/2009

207

22

40

My brother and sister-in-law bought a convertable car seat for there son and used it in a Vauxhall Corsa and a Vauxhall Astra both rearward and farward facing , I have also had it in my Volvo XC90 which is a big 7 seater truck and it doesn't seem to fit any car whilst rearward facing. I personally don't like them. If I were you I would stick with the Infant carrier and wait until your child is old enough to go into a forward facing car seat. I hope this has helped.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms