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07/10/2013 at 16:33
Obviously you need to get the airbag deactivated. But once you've done that is it safe to do?
we got a new car in June so hadn't used Ws stage 0 car seat in it which we need to use when baby arrives. so H tried it in the car yesterday to check it fits before baby arrives
it does, but with the drivers seat pulled quite far forward. Same problem if we swap it round and have Ws stage 1 seat behind the driver. H is 6 foot 2, so no way he can drive with his seat forward enough to get either the stage 0 or stage 1 seat behind him.
Its looking like we either have to sell the car and buy a bigger one ( only bought it in June and purposely didn't buy a bigger size (its a fiesta) as we couldn't afford the next size up of anything fuel efficient which it has to be as H does 30000 miles a year).
the other option is have one of the car seats on the front passenger seat, the other car seat behind front passenger seat and me sat in the back behind H. is it safe to have one sat in the front though? It would be a much better option to just get the airbag deactivated and keep our car but obviously I don't want to be putting one of the children at risk by having them in the front if its not safe
07/10/2013 at 17:57
You can but its still not recommended.
07/10/2013 at 17:58
If you put stage 1 (ff i assume?) In front the seat must be back as far as possible.
07/10/2013 at 18:02
Could you drive and then if H was the front passenger, he might be able to get the seat a bit further forward than if he was driving?
Or maybe try a few different carseats? Would be cheaper to buy a new car seat than a new car?
I'd not be keen on having the baby in the front as a permanant thing, if it was just occassionally then needs must and all that.
07/10/2013 at 18:13
You can have children in the front but its far safer for them to be in the back. As Trio said i wouldnt mind doing it on the odd occasion but not permanently.
07/10/2013 at 18:22
I have a smart car so F travels in the front all the time. I had to pay to have an airbag switch installed but no one said anything else apart from that the seat must either touch the dash or be at least 25cms clear of it.
08/10/2013 at 10:52
I personally never would, I'd do everything else in my power first. Regardless of what the law says (I think that's it's allowed), having a small child or toddler in the front is IMO completely an unwelcome distraction from the road. Having been a passenger in a car when my nephew was in the front, aged 2-3, having a strop over something, grabbing his grandads arm on a roundabout, throwing the iPad at him, personally I think itd rather change the car first!
08/10/2013 at 11:56
Surely the obvious solution is to buy a different car seat that fits in the back? Got to be cheaper than buying a new car!
08/10/2013 at 21:48
It is legal and I have done it. The safest seat it the back in a crash, however I found on long journeys when it was just Zoe and I for me to be constantly turning around to pass things to her was much more of a distraction than having her right next to me. If she grabbed my arm or threw an ipad with me we would be stopping the car and having a serious chat, and no doubt returning home without getting to do whatever fun thing we were off to do. The only thing Zoe ever did was to turn the volume of the radio up with her foot.
09/10/2013 at 08:40
Really sorry I'm only just replying, I've been really busy and not been able to get on.
LM I see what you mean about a distraction in the front. Not thought of that.
Pingu - I don't think either if the car seats are any bigger than average that it would make any difference if we bought a different one.
I think we will have to try with me doing the driving when we are all in the car and see how we get on for now.
Thanks for the replies
11/10/2013 at 11:43
Oh no, I didn't realise it wasn't recommended. My sisters pregnancy is going fairly well after initial problems, and I figured it would be safest to put a car seat for baby in my passenger seat so when I babysit and its just me and baby in the car, I can easily reach him if I need to. I shall rethink, thanks Jellytot, this has been a very useful thread that I wouldn't have thought to ask (bad auntie)
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