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    Minivan mama

    2012 Odyssey car seats

    We recently bought a 2012 Honda Odyssey (LOVE it!). We have a 20 month old in a rear facing car seat and a newborn on the way. I'm wondering where the safest place is for both of my babies. I originally thought putting newborn in the second row center in a captains chair and older baby in the 3rd row center would be best, but I just finished reading that 3rd row may not be as safe as second row. I guess it just makes me nervous having any of my kids sitting on an outer seat. What are your thoughts?
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    Moderator - CPS Technician
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    Mar 2010
    upstate NY

    Re: 2012 Odyssey car seats

    I am unaware of any studies showing different injury rates for 2nd vs. 3rd row. Do you have links for what you read? There may well be stats out there that I haven't heard about.

    There are stats showing that center is safer than outboard. However, personally if I were putting two children in a 2012 Odyssey (which is a VERY SAFE vehicle), I'd put them wherever was most convenient for me, which would have both of them in the 2nd row. It's a matter of doing a cost-benefit analysis and deciding if the small increased safety ("benefit") from putting a child center vs. outboard is worth the extra "cost" of the time and effort that it will take to buckle children into two different rows for every single trip. If the older child were enough older to buckle him/herself independently, then perhaps I'd do something different. But for ME personally, I'd feel like having both in the second row was enough easier that it was worth the trade-off of possibly being slightly less safe in certain crashes.

    Hope that helps!
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