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#1 2011-07-18 00:08:13

Sephiroth
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Rear facing infant seats

I am 6'2" and have twins on the way. I am looking at buying a 9-2x. Does anyone have an experience fitting rear facing infant seats in the back. Will this work with my height? Thanks for the help.

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#2 2011-07-18 05:50:25

thymighty
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Re: Rear facing infant seats

Everything I've read about infant seats in the 9-2x suggests a tight fit.

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#3 2011-07-18 07:27:51

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

There's another thread on this, and searching and reading that will be your quickest answer. 

I would say no to your question.  I'm 5'9", and ended up with it behind the passenger seat the 1 time I tried.  Since you will have 2, you don't have that option.  Go to a store, and try and mock it up in the parking lot with demos if you can.  I still doubt it will work.


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#4 2011-07-18 08:55:34

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

I will sell you Saab for the same reason you are wanting to buy one, so yeah....


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#5 2011-07-18 10:04:29

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

Linear Man wrote:

There's another thread on this, and searching and reading that will be your quickest answer. 

I would say no to your question.  I'm 5'9", and ended up with it behind the passenger seat the 1 time I tried.  Since you will have 2, you don't have that option.  Go to a store, and try and mock it up in the parking lot with demos if you can.  I still doubt it will work.

I have done quite a bit of searching on here and other Wrx fourms, I found a ton of information but non of it really pertained to my situation. Everything I read they either put the seat in the middle or behind the passenger seat. I can't really do a mock the potential car is out if state. But I think I got my answer here, I will unfortunately have to pass on this car.  Thanks for the help. Maybe when they outgrow the car seats I'll look into one again.

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#6 2011-07-18 10:07:11

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

My sister in law just had a kid. She has an 06 wrx wagon. Her front passenger seat is slid all the way forward and tilted up past 90 deg. Her husband has to sit behind her in the back seat, luckily she is short. Twins+(Saab 9-2x or WRX)= Error. Get a Legacy or a 9-5 wagon like I am going to


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#7 2011-07-18 10:41:18

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

Yeah, I'd look for something larger.  I'm 5'6" (but 32 inseam, so I have relatively long legs) and there's no way I could be comfortable with our rear facing seat behind me.  I was fortunate...our older son went into a front facing seat just a few months before our new son came along so we were able to put his seat behind me and put the rear facing behind the passenger seat.  My wife is pretty cramped over on the passenger side, so we usually just take her Mazda 5 when we all go for a drive.

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#8 2011-07-18 10:48:05

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

thymighty wrote:

Everything I've read about infant seats in the 9-2x suggests a tight fit.

I'm pretty sure they sell pretty fast on the blackmarket, so no worries there.  There's more than likely a pretty good profit to be had here.

Last edited by tlow98 (2011-07-18 15:05:58)


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#9 2011-07-18 12:14:31

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

arrow-up   lol
Better not tell them about a return policy...

I'm 5'7" and have had a rear facing seat behind me for a few drives in town.  Not pleasant.  It worked a lot better in between the seats than behind either one if you plan to have a passenger.  That was with just one rear facing seat...

We also have a 9-5 sedan; that one was more accommodating for two rear facing seats, but still cramped up front.  Happily, we just graduated the 2 yr old to a front facing (Cosco Scenera Convertable - highest safety rating and only about $40-$50) and parked her behind the driver in the 9-2x and behind the passenger in the 9-5.  Rear facing seat occupies the other position, but gets pulled out of the car (or popped out of the locks and turned sideways) when no little passengers to snap in (commute, etc.).


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#10 2011-07-18 14:50:06

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

woozy_one wrote:

Yeah, I'd look for something larger.  I'm 5'6" (but 32 inseam, so I have relatively long legs) and there's no way I could be comfortable with our rear facing seat behind me.  I was fortunate...our older son went into a front facing seat just a few months before our new son came along so we were able to put his seat behind me and put the rear facing behind the passenger seat.  My wife is pretty cramped over on the passenger side, so we usually just take her Mazda 5 when we all go for a drive.

Agreed. I am 6' tall and there is no possible way I could safely operate a 9-2x with a rear facing infant seat behind me.

My 5'2" wife is crammed in the passenger seat with the car seat on passenger side. As woozy suggests, the only way I see a 6'+ person comfortable fitting two car seats in a 9-2x is if one is a forward facing booster behind the driver.


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#11 2011-07-18 15:14:10

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

tlow98 wrote:

thymighty wrote:

Everything I've read about infant seats in the 9-2x suggests a tight fit.

I'm pretty sure they sell pretty fast on the blackmarket, so no worries there.  There's more than likely a pretty good profit to be had here.

I wouldn't be able to buy one myself.  I'm to afraid of ending up with buyer's remorse like Casey Anthony.    wink

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#12 2011-07-21 14:08:48

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

Given it's minimalist design (and that you should be able to fit three side by side), I bought the compact Combi Coccoro.

http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/droolicious/2009/03/Combi%20Coccoro.JPG
http://www.combiusa.com/Products/Item.aspx?Item=12
http://www.amazon.com/Combi-Cocorro-Lig … B00261RQYY.

Once we had the seat rear facing and properly reclined, it was a snug fit with a 6' person (the seat was about 1/4" from the front seat). My 6' brother had to pull forward and decline his seat a little bit, but it fit. I wanted to get the Recaro ProRide or Britax Marathon 70, but they were too big to be installed rear-facing.

Oh, and I stumbled across this, the NHTSA offers child seat installation inspection. I haven't gone yet, but I think it's a free service.
http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/CPSFitting/Index.cfm

Hope this helps  big_smile

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#13 2011-07-21 14:42:10

LordZed
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Re: Rear facing infant seats

Im 6'2" and Its uncomfortable for me to drive with people sitting in the rear seat, I'd say a rear facing child seat is a no go

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#14 2011-07-21 15:03:15

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

You move your seat up for people behind you, as the driver?  Nubstick.  Make it their problem.  Tell them to scrunch up, or go drive their own stinky butts around town. diamond

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#15 2011-07-21 15:56:59

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

We used the Peg Perego.... but in the middle.  Good luck.


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#16 2011-07-21 17:10:53

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

05saabaero wrote:

Oh, and I stumbled across this, the NHTSA offers child seat installation inspection. I haven't gone yet, but I think it's a free service.
http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/CPSFitting/Index.cfm

Hope this helps  big_smile

100% worth it. Also check your local fire department, they may offer them as well.

A good inspector will also let you know about the other little things in your car you don't think about, but become more of an issue with a infant in the car with you.

Lastly - it may seem like a no brainier, but use the LATCH system, it is an almost fool proof way to install the seat.


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#17 2011-07-21 23:36:19

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

I couldn't fit a rear facing seat behind me, and I'm 5'10".  So I'm with everyone else on this one, get something else.


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#18 2011-07-22 17:47:06

TomWithTheWeather
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Re: Rear facing infant seats

I'm 5'9"ish and do drive around with a rear facing child seat. I tend to angle the seat up fairly straight and sit pretty forward though so I don't have a problem. I can't push the driver seat any further back though as the child seat is already touching it. My wife is under 5' so we have no problems with the passenger side seat.

It works for me comfortably.

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#19 2011-07-23 01:20:59

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

It's possible, but not practical.  I only have one child, but the rear facing seat went in the middle and it was snug, but it worked.  (I'm 6'1"). 
Now she is front facing and her feet are always on the back of my seat and the passenger seat.  It annoys me, but oh well. 
So since you have 2, well, good luck.  It will be a VERY tight fit.


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#20 2011-07-24 22:20:34

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Re: Rear facing infant seats

Im 6'4" and I just kept reminding myself that I had a short drive and I could survive being 'scrunched' a little. 
When you can finally turn em around... HALLELUJAH!!


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