Fitting 3 car seats in a 2006 Durango

2006DurangoSLT

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Hey everyone!

So I'm at a bit of a dilemma. We have a 2006 Durango and I am trying to figure out how to safely transport our 3 kids. Oldest boy is 4.5(35lbs) and is currently in a Britax Pioneer harness to booster, daughter in the middle is a little over 2, and youngest boy is 7 months in a Britax B-safe infant car seat. Daughter currently does not have a car seat. She was in the Britax B-safe and we would take either her or the baby depending on which spouse went out. She has outgrown that and we have been stumped about which car seats to purchase/get rid of to work with this vehicle. 3rd row has no tether anchors and I believe Britax recommends tt's for all of their car seat installs. Because of this we likely need a 3 across install in the middle row. I purchased an Evenflo Tribute LX hoping it would work for my daughter but I could not get the 3 seats to work. I struggled the most with getting a center seat install in the middle row. The seat belt was causing the car seat to twist.

The 3rd row also has a very short seat base so I'm unsure if there's a seat out there that would install safely that wouldn't require a tt anchor?

I've actually contemplated getting a 3rd row seat out of a 2007+ Durango as they came with a center tt anchor but would also like the idea of having the 3rd row down to carry groceries, double stroller, etc.

I'm looking for the most cost effective solution as well as safety being a top priority. Anyone have any recommendations? I've searched the entire forum and have not found anything very conclusive. I appreciate any help thank you!
 
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Hello and welcome,

I don't have specific suggestions for your vehicle, as this is often trial and error. I can refer you to some general suggestions here: https://carseatblog.com/49714/3across/

Your oldest definitely needs a top-tether anchor for his forward-facing harness seat. He is old enough at 5.5 years to where he might begin to use a high back booster rated for 30 or 33 pound minimum weight limits if he is mature enough to stay seated correctly in a seatbelt for a whole trip.

Rear-facing only infant seats and rear-facing convertibles do not require a top tether. This might allow you to put one of your younger rear-facing children in the third row if there is enough room. Britax used to allow a tether to be used rear-facing on some of their convertible seats as an option, but they no longer allow this on newer models.

Your 7-month old should certainly remain rear-facing for some time, either in a rear-facing only infant seat or a rear-facing convertible. Your daughter is also safest in a rear-facing convertible, however, at over 2 years old, she could also use a forward-facing harness car seat if she is above the minimum weight limit for that seat. If she is forward-facing, she would need a top-tether position as well.

Darren

Hey everyone!

So I'm at a bit of a dilemma. We have a 2006 Durango and I am trying to figure out how to safely transport our 3 kids. Oldest boy is 5.5(35lbs) and is currently in a Britax Pioneer harness to booster, daughter in the middle is a little over 2, and youngest boy is 7 months in a Britax B-safe infant car seat. Daughter currently does not have a car seat. She was in the Britax B-safe and we would take either her or the baby depending on which spouse went out. She has outgrown that and we have been stumped about which car seats to purchase/get rid of to work with this vehicle. 3rd row has no tether anchors and I believe Britax recommends tt's for all of their car seat installs. Because of this we likely need a 3 across install in the middle row. I purchased an Evenflo Tribute LX hoping it would work for my daughter but I could not get the 3 seats to work. I struggled the most with getting a center seat install in the middle row. The seat belt was causing the car seat to twist.

The 3rd row also has a very short seat base so I'm unsure if there's a seat out there that would install safely that wouldn't require a tt anchor?

I've actually contemplated getting a 3rd row seat out of a 2007+ Durango as they came with a center tt anchor but would also like the idea of having the 3rd row down to carry groceries, double stroller, etc.

I'm looking for the most cost effective solution as well as safety being a top priority. Anyone have any recommendations? I've searched the entire forum and have not found anything very conclusive. I appreciate any help thank you!
 

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