I’m pretty sure this is exactly why other similar sized vehicles only have 2 belted seats in the 3rd row. The width between belts issue.This is the exact issue I’ve posted about several times now. Subaru made a big mistake when they designed the 3rd row.
This is the narrowest base I could find. It’s pricey buy very well made and the kids say it’s comfortable.
I emailed them about using an extender and their reply was that an extender is NOT recommended for use with a booster or any child safety seat.I bought this when I had the same problem. I use booster seats without the back and the only one that didnt fit well was the rear driver side. They have no problem buckling now that I added the extender.
The buckle height extension is not safe especially with children. It changes the way the lap belt fits over small waistline and hips increasing the probability of slipping out of the lap belt during an accident. To add to this risk at or behind the rear axle the potential for ejection is higher not only due to the large rear window opening but the increased movement forces that are seen at the ends of vehicles. When a vehicle is spun out or rolled over their is greater whip/gforces at the front and rear of the vehicle vs the middle between the front and rear axles. So not only do you want very well fitted restraints you want them used correctly all the time etc.I’ve been told by numerous sites now that using the extenders for booster seats isn’t safe....
How big is the kid? Perhaps you should consider that if the kid is big enough and the seating designed is appropriate for the kid, then a booster seat may not be necessary.Does anyone know of a decent fitting booster seat with a back that fits in the 3rd row? Our current booster overlaps the seat belt buckle in the third row and makes it difficult for our child to buckle himself. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
How big is the kid? Perhaps you should consider that if the kid is big enough and the seating designed is appropriate for the kid, then a booster seat may not be necessary.
I'll see if I can find this booster. I'm just looking to have him sit in one of the outboard positions and not the center seat (that seat looks VERY small). Thanks!The Evenflo Big Kid XL, works in the 3rd but not in the middle belt position. Our Britax booster seat does not work in the 3rd, does not matter it if has the back on it or not.
I would not move a child from a booster seat, until they are big enough and mature enough to sit in it. It is about more than just size, it is also about their ability to sit in the seat properly without a booster seat.
They're playing it safe because they can't be sure about the fit with every situation.I emailed them about using an extender and their reply was that an extender is NOT recommended for use with a booster or any child safety seat.
I still don’t understand why it’s not kosher. But because of their response I decided to not use an extender.