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Old 06-13-08, 12:36 AM
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I would guess based on the accidents and cars I've seen (I used to work for a company that sold totaled cars to wrecking yards so I saw 200+ cars a WEEK for well over a year) - that most car damage is in the front end - not the rear.
And that a child would definately still be safer in the rear rear than in the front.
Must be that more vehicles get hit in the front part of the car than the rear.
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Old 06-13-08, 12:40 AM
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Also, when two vehicles collide head-on the impact is greater because of the combined speeds at collision, whereas in a rear collision the front car is usally also moving forward or is standing still. That makes the the impact less from the rear.
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I'd put the older kiddo in the way back of the 3rd row car.

And I'd cram all three kiddos in the back of the sedan. My friend drove her three kids around in the back of a Ford Taurus (they were 5, 3, and infant) until she got pregnant with her fourth--then she bought a Suburban!
 
The kids were tight in the Taurus, but they fit.
 
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Old 06-13-08, 12:58 AM
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Also, when two vehicles collide head-on the impact is greater because of the combined speeds at collision, whereas in a rear collision the front car is usally also moving forward or is standing still. That makes the the impact less from the rear.
Oh you're smart. I wouldn't have thought of that.
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Old 06-13-08, 03:43 AM
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we have a seven seat car (a toyota gaia, i don't know a comparable car in the US.) the middle seats move forward. the infant is in the far back (behind the driver). the one-year-old is next to him. both of their car seats are 5-point car seats, the infant faces back. the three-year-old sits in the middle, behind the driver. his car seat fastens with the regular seat belt, so it's not permanently fastened, which makes it easy to move the middle seats (but i hate that car seat with a passion, since he can get out of it easily. *sigh*) i have been driving like this for nearly eight months, it's been really quite easy. once the baby turns to facing front, i may switch sides with him and his sister, since she can climb in and out of her car seat now.

i also wouldn't put a child in the front, even with a car seat and with the airbags turned off. i would try to fit them in best i could next to each other in the back.
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