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    Exclamation Need help with 3-across in an '02 Jetta

    My friend from another board has 4 month old twins and a 4-year old (turned 4 in Sept, is tall and about 45 pounds, possibly more). In her car (Chevy Equinox) the 4-year-old is in a Marathon, and the twins are in Graco Snugrides.

    She's going back to work next Monday and the kids all go back to daycare, and her DH needs to do drop-off in his '02 Jetta. (Mom will do pick-up.) They have a Marathon and 2 Snugrides, but they don't all fit in the back of the Jetta. Her DH was willing to buy a booster for the 4-year-old, since this is the ONLY time they use his car. It's about a 5-mile drive. When he went to Babies R Us for some car seat clinic they had, though, he was told by a tech there that he couldn't fit a booster in the back seat with the Snugrides and instead they installed the Marathon on the front seat with the seat all the way back and told him he needed to get his airbags deactivated. He's called 2 dealerships and neither will turn off his airbags. And neither of them likes the idea of her DS in the front seat.

    They are not really in a financial position to buy all new seats. They found out they were pregnant with twins just a few days after her DH lost his job. They are now back on track and he's working, but it's been tight.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? And if it matters, they're in Phoenix.

    Thank you!!
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    Re: Need help with 3-across in an '02 Jetta

    Did they try installing the infant seats without the bases?

    The only other option I can think of is a Radian. I agree that it's really not likely that he'll fit a booster back there with the Snugrides.
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    Re: Need help with 3-across in an '02 Jetta

    Not to mention a booster would be hell trying to buckle in that tight of a space.

    A Radian or a Ride Safe Travel Vest are probably their two best bets. Though the vest has the problem of needing to be buckled in, it would be easier than a booster.

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    Re: Need help with 3-across in an '02 Jetta

    The Radian is going to be the best bet to try.
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    Re: Need help with 3-across in an '02 Jetta

    Thanks ladies. I did mention the RiderSafe Travel Vest...

    Mom was able to call the tech at the Mayo Clinic who helped her install the seats in her Equinox and the tech said, "How did they know they couldn't fit all 3 without trying?" So they have an appointment to go try either the 2 Snugrides (baseless or with bases) and a Marathon OR they have a booster to try if necessary.

    I figure they'll go from there.

    Thanks so much!!
    Anne, driving a '13 Odyssey and an '05 CRV

    DD-Julia 9/04 (5 stepping now!)
    DS1-Luca 11/10 (Graco Wayz and Graco HB Turbobooster)
    DS2- Enzo 7/15 (Chicco NextFit and Diono R100)

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