will Britax Marathon fit in Prius?

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will Britax Marathon fit in Prius?
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Wed, 08-18-2010 - 6:19pm

Hello all--

I am looking to purchase a convertible car seat for my 10 month old daughter who is already 20 pounds. I have heard that Britax Marathons are the best, but I am concerned that it won't fit in the center seat (rear-facing) of a 2004 Prius, without the front seats being pushed too far forward. Has anyone had experience with this situation? Is it safe to put a Britax Marathon (or any other car seat for that matter) in one of the side seats? Thanks in advance. :)

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Wed, 08-18-2010 - 11:44pm
Yes, a Britax Marathon fits very well rear-facing in the Prius. I love ours. It's easy to install, easy to use, and comfy. It also has the benefit of rear-facing tethering, which is a feature that I like. However, I have yet to find any car seat that fits very well in the center seat because of the hump there. If you do find one, make sure that you install it with the seat belt - can't use LATCH in the center. And make sure that the base fits well and tightly without overhanging the hump.
A Radian might fit ok in the center (I didn't try it there), but I didn't love the fit of the Radian behind the passenger seat b/c it took up too much room.
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Wed, 08-18-2010 - 11:58pm

I've heard that the Marathon fits in the Prius, but I wanted to point out that there are a lot of other convertible car seats that IMO are better than the Marathons. I just send some information to my SIL and some friends and I'm going to copy and paste it for you too.


HTH


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The following are my top recommended seats. They will keep most children rear-facing to at least 3 years old and then they can be used forward-facing until most children are about 5 or 6 years old. By that age, most children are big enough and mature enough to move to a high back booster.


Complete Air - rf to 40lb, ff to 50lb, has a tall shell, works really well for tall, thin children or children with long torsos.


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Registered: 08-18-2010
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 1:41pm
Thank you so much! Why can't one use the LATCH system in center seat?
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Thu, 08-19-2010 - 1:44pm
Thank you so much for all this great info, Melanie! It sounds like the Safety 1st Complete Air SE will probably be best, since my daughter is tall. Now I just need to see if it will fit in my Prius! Are convertible seats always installed on a side seat (i.e. never in the center)?
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Thu, 08-19-2010 - 2:45pm

You can only use a LATCH if the seat has a designated LATCH for that seat.

 
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Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:24pm

Seats can be installed in the center in some cars. It depends on the shape of your vehicle back seat, the car seat you have and who else you need to put in the back seat. I have twins and so they have both been outboard.


Have you heard that center is safer? It is a little bit safer in case you are in a side-impact collision. Your child would be further away from both sides of the car. Of course, if your child is outboard, they would be further away from a side impact collision on the other side of the vehicle or close if you car is hit on the same side of the child. Unfortunately, we can't predict which side we will be hit on if we are in an accident.


However, rear-facing is a lot safer (like 4 to 5 times safer) than forward-facing in an accident, especially a side-impact collision. Outboard is really safe and rear-facing is so safe that I didn't worry about it with my own children.


HTH


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Registered: 08-18-2010
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:52pm
thanks so much again, melanie. based on your great information, i have changed my mind (again) and am going to purchase the first years true fit (http://www.diapers.com/product/productdetail.aspx?productid=25498).