4 car seats in a Highlander

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Registered: 03-07-2012
4 car seats in a Highlander
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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 10:02pm
Twins due in October, 3 yo and 5 yo both still rearface in Britax seats. 5 yo likely will flip before. Plus 10 yo who needs leg room as she's already hitting 5'.

We are open to any infant seats, but prefer Britax after that.

So what seats and in what positions are going to work?
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Registered: 05-15-2009
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 1:59pm
What year is your Highlander? I know the seat configurations are a bit different depending on the model year. Are you planning to put 3YO and 5YO in the 3rd row?

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Registered: 10-23-2003
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 2:55pm

How big are you 3 and 5 year old? Also what seats do they have?

Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker
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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 10:33pm
New Highlander and seats, had my Durango get totalled. Then newer Britax Marathon looked fine, clean x rays, but insurance covered replacement. The 9 month old Track on non impact side all but exploded. Thankfully the girls weren't in the car.

3 yo is 26 lbs and 5 yo who got my shrimp until 16 genes is 32 lbs.

Seat placement is open really. If we flip Tarja, I'd prefer her center of second row and her seat does fit there nicely.
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Registered: 10-23-2003
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 12:41pm

Ok it sounds like your car seats 7? So a bench seat in the middle seats 2 and a bench seat in the back that seats 3. You want to keep your 5 year old in the middle bench seat. You are going to have to put 2 rearfacing children in the back. That will be harder to buckle those seats. You could put the twins in the back with your oldest and keep the older 2 in

Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 8:49pm
Highlander goes three in second, two in third. It's easy to reach third row however.

Other option would be for DH and me to swap SUVs, as he has a Sequoia that seats 8. Which slightly defeats getting the hybrid Highlander, but whatever is easiest for car seats wins. He also has his truck to get to locations the Highlander can't.

Either way, I'm leaning towards infant seat behind driver, FF car seat, oldest behind passenger, then RF seat and infant seat in back. But once the infant seats are outgrown, we'll have to shuffle again as an RF larger seat doesn't fit behind driver with us.

Or admit defeat and find a 9 passenger vehicle I can stand.