Making kids safer, one question at a time.  Welcome to the Car-Seat.Org community!   Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 cause of fatal injury for children and adults, age groups 1 to 34.   Selecting a safe car, minivan or SUV, plus correctly using child restraints and seatbelts may be the most important things you can do to protect your family.   Need help installing an infant, convertible or booster seat?   Looking for carseat reviews or compatibility advice? Need help buying the best and safest car seats for your baby, toddler or older kid?   No question is a bad one, so please click here to ask our experts a question and then join our friendly community of moms, dads, caregivers and advocates.   Thank you for visiting; buckle-up and drive safely!


 

Sponsored Ads


+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    13

    3 acrossed in VW Passat

    I am expecting #3 in December and need to figure out if 3 acrossed will fit in my 2003 VW Passat.

    4yr: 35 pounds 40 inches in a FF Boulevard
    18 month old 28 pounds 33 inches RR in an Advocate
    (these seat will go into the my husband SUV)

    I have really liked the britax seats. I am wondering if there are any type of Britax seats that will fit with an infant seat. I currently have a Britax champion infant seat. I know that I will need to purchase 3 new seats.
    Any help or advice would be great!

  2. # ADS
    Sponsored Ads
    Join Date
    April, 2001
    Posts
    Many
     
     

  3. #2
    CPST and ketchup snob ketchupqueen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    L.A. area
    Posts
    19,561

    Re: 3 acrossed in VW Passat

    Welcome to the board!

    You may well be able to use one of your convertibles (probalby the Boulevard) with another seat if it "puzzles" well. Also, the new (redesigned) Britax convertibles are more compact front to back and slightly differently shaped side to side, so I hope someone has tried them in the Passat.

    There are some other seats on the market now which are close to the Britax seats in terms of ease-of-use and other nice "bonus" features. (All seats on the market are safe; what you're paying for in the difference is generally additional features that make your life easier or are cool or fun or whatever.) If you tell us which features you particularly like, we may be able to recommend seats with similar features.

    How old is your Companion infant seat? How long do you have before it expires? If you have long enough you may not have to replace it, as it's not exceptionally wide.

    It's too bad you don't have the Passat Wagon; that is a great backseat to work in. But I know we have had three acrosses in the Passat before. The Successful Three-Across Thread tells me that Radians, at least, seem to fit well in the Passat. Since the Radian and the Boulevard tend to "puzzle" well together when facing the same direction, that may be one option for you, with a narrower combination seat an option for the 4 year old (an Evenflo Maestro, perhaps, or maybe a Recaro ProSPORT... Hopefully someone will have good suggestions.)
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 12, Bridget, 10, Maggie, 8, Katie Sue, 4
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

  4. #3
    CPS Technician Pixels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Worcester county, MA
    Posts
    10,169

    Re: 3 acrossed in VW Passat

    The 1998-2005 Passats are all the same generation, so what fits in one should fit in another. Here's some relevant entries from the three across thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by oxeye View Post
    My three latest 3 across configurations (and I'm a tech):

    2004 VW Passat

    RF Radian (LATCH)
    RF Radian (seatbelt)
    FF Radian (LATCH)

    RF Radian (LATCH)
    FF Radian (seatbelt)
    RF Coccoro (seatbelt, but LATCH would work as well)

    RF Radian (LATCH)
    RF Coccoro (Seatbelt)
    FF Radian (LATCH)

    Pic of the last configuration -

    Quote Originally Posted by oxeye View Post
    Here are the three across I have managed in my 2004 VW Passat -

    RF Radian, FF Radian, RF Keyfit with base - no pics and not checked by a tech but all seats were rock solid. . The outboard seats were installed with LATCH, center seat seatbelt obviously.

    FF Radian (LATCH), RF Radian (seatbelt), FF Radian (seatbelt). I couldn't get the third seat in with LATCH. Not checked by a tech. The only seat not rock-solid is the FF Radian seatbelt install outboard. It is an acceptable install, though. Here's a pic of that set-up -



    I haven't tried it yet, but I am confident that RF Radian, FF Radian, RF Radian would work with all seatbelt or LATCH outboard/seatbelt center.
    Quote Originally Posted by livesinthecar View Post
    In 2002 VW Passat wagon:

    2 MA outboard, FF, seatbelt install
    1 RA center, RF, seatbelt install
    all tethered

    Also:

    Parkway center, MA passenger FF, RA driver RF, all seatbelt installs, MA and RA tethered

    changed to: Parkway passenger, MA center FF, RA driver RF, all seatbelt installs because Parkway passenger would unwittingly unbuckle RA when in center position

    Not checked by tech

    ETA: all seatbelts were l/s belts
    Melissa, CPST and Mom to three

  5. #4
    CPST and ketchup snob ketchupqueen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    L.A. area
    Posts
    19,561

    Re: 3 acrossed in VW Passat

    Pixels, the Passat Wagon is significantly wider than the Passat. (I've put a Roundabout, Boulevard, and Chaperone in a Passat Wagon, but they wouldn't fit in the Passat.)
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 12, Bridget, 10, Maggie, 8, Katie Sue, 4
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    13

    Re: 3 acrossed in VW Passat

    The britax champaion will expire 3-2013. I called britax and they said the seat expires in 6yrs. I hope this is correct.
    Would I be able to do 2 radians with the britax infant seat?
    Thanks for all of the advise.

Similar Threads

  1. Question 3 acrossed in an Acadia
    By Unregistered in forum CAR SEATS - General Child Safety Seat Questions, Help and Advice
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-12-2011, 10:11 AM
  2. someone three across my passat for me
    By Babywearing Meghan in forum CAR SEATS - General Child Safety Seat Questions, Help and Advice
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-20-2010, 09:46 AM
  3. Question 3 across in a VW Passat?
    By Unregistered in forum Canadian and International Transportation Safety Issues
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-14-2010, 05:53 PM
  4. 3 across in 07 passat
    By Ina in forum CAR SEATS - General Child Safety Seat Questions, Help and Advice
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-05-2007, 09:55 PM
  5. 3 across in '01 Passat or '98 CR-V??
    By Kezoo in forum CAR SEATS - General Child Safety Seat Questions, Help and Advice
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-21-2007, 09:50 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •