Kids and the car

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Kids and the car

Post by bigpete8 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:02 pm

This relates to my car (2007 SE) but for any dads (or mams) out there who need to carry a double buggy I can confirm the baby jogger city mini double fits with room to spare. - I was well surprised!!
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Re: Kids and the car

Post by chiron » Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:54 pm

Pro-tip: the rear belt buckle is a PITA with a baby seat. You can swap it for a genuine Mazda 3 rear buckle for extra space.

EDIT: or use ISOFIX.

We've got 5yo and the rex is still our daily driver.
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Re: Kids and the car

Post by meaningking » Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:26 am

Also in terms of child seats I can tell anyone who says they are selling their rx8 due to new arrival don’t! Here are photos I took of my seats for a baby rear facing and a stage 2/3 seat. Both fit in grand. I do have to put the seats a little further fwd than normal and I am 5ft 11”. Buts it’s still comfortable to drive.

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Re: Kids and the car

Post by WildMan10 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:54 am

We’ve had Annie’s 5 yr-old grandson in the back of an R3 in 4 different baby seats since he was a baby.

The latest seat is an isofix that is a bit fiddly to fit so we use the seat belt alone. That’s not ideal either, as getting at the seatbelt buckle is awkward with him in the seat, so as the lesser of 2 evils we pull the belt out round him rather than use the buckle.

I did think of an extension or a longer buckle mount but never got round to finding one.
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Re: Kids and the car

Post by v-rex » Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:09 pm

I probably need to update this guide with a few of the newer seats people have been talking about....

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=80633
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Re: Kids and the car

Post by bigpete8 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:24 pm

Still don't think that guide is quite right wrt isofix

Needs to make clear that you need top tether or extra leg support in footwell when issuing isofix.
(unless using just to stop seat moving around when child not held in with car seat belt)
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Re: Kids and the car

Post by v-rex » Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:33 pm

bigpete8 wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:24 pm
Still don't think that guide is quite right wrt isofix

Needs to make clear that you need top tether or extra leg support in footwell when issuing isofix.
(unless using just to stop seat moving around when child not held in with car seat belt)
Oh I thought I put that in when you mentioned it last time. I'll figure how how to edit and change it.

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Re: Kids and the car

Post by v-rex » Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:44 pm

bigpete8 wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:24 pm
Still don't think that guide is quite right wrt isofix

Needs to make clear that you need top tether or extra leg support in footwell when issuing isofix.
(unless using just to stop seat moving around when child not held in with car seat belt)
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=80597#p1233677

Sorry one more quick proof read, is it right on here? Maybe I didn't get the last edit across to the FAQ.

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Re: Kids and the car

Post by bigpete8 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:44 pm

Looks good to me 👍
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