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July 7th, 2011, 11:35 AM
LifenTheFastLane's Avatar Mommy 2 Rhys~Rhylee~Jessa
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My truck was totaled, leaving us with no vehicle.
I have to look into a used car in a few weeks and by used I mean 2004-2003 and older.

Anyone know of any cars that fit 3 carseats in the back?
One is a cosco car seat
one is a graco high back booster. We use the back with the booster, NOT just the booster
and Jessas is the Graco comfort sport rear facing

Any Suggestions?



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July 7th, 2011, 12:02 PM
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I am assuming the car seats were in the truck when it was totaled? I'm assuming if it was totaled, it was more than just a bumper taptype thing and if so, they need to be replaced. Child Restraint Re-use After Minor Crashes You may have to put some pressure on the insurance company to get them replaced. They won't fully replace them cost wise, but should give you the depreciated value of them based on cost and how much time is left before they expire.

You might be able to find a used van for not much more than a used car, which would give you more room.

Not sure how you had the seats in your truck, but my guess is that for a car you will have to puzzle your seats-meaning the RF one is in the middle and the FF ones are on the sides. That would work for as long as Jessa is RF. I don't know if there are any cars that will fit 3 FF seats in the back, unless they are the radian car seats that are very narrow.
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July 7th, 2011, 12:10 PM
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They were in the car but the only reason it was totaled is because the frame was barely bent in the front. None of us were injured and it didn't even bust a head light.
Corner of my bumper pushed against my frame barely bending it but insurance won't replace the frame bc my car is a 2003
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July 7th, 2011, 01:46 PM
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Stephanie, even in a tiny fender bender, car seats DO need to be replaced. There is virtually no way to no how much damage was done to the seats from the pressure of a forceful stop. If the accident was strong enough to bend the frame, it was strong enough to stress the seats.

That said, I can fit three car seats in the back of my car, and I have a tiny car. I actually do it opposite of how Kris does it. I put Max RFing in his Britax Boulevard behind the passenger seat, then I put the thinnest seat in the middle (probably the high back booster) and the last seat FFing behind the driver seat (I can't fit a seat RFing behind me because it's a 2 door car).

Hope that helps!
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July 7th, 2011, 02:22 PM
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Replacing the carseats are not a option. We already don't have the money to get a new vehicle. I don't live somewhere with a bus line or walking distance to anything. It will take weeks of saving just to get the $500 for a down payment and no I can't borrow any money from family me and my mom are still paying off loans she took out to pay for my brothers funeral.
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July 7th, 2011, 02:40 PM
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There is virtually no way to no how much damage was done to the seats from the pressure of a forceful stop. If the accident was strong enough to bend the frame, it was strong enough to stress the seats.
Stephanie, don't trust anyone who doesn't KNOW the proper usages of "No" v.s. "Know" Just kidding Amy!

While I know car seat safety is a big soap box for many people and that it is VERY important... I also understand the tragedy of the loss of a car deemed 'totaled' by insurance. ESPECIALLY when you are not prepared to add a car payment to your bills and ESPECIALLY when you don't have the money to set aside for it.
Unfortunately this same thing happened to us last month and I can empathize completely. We were hit by a woman backing out of her parking spot. She bent the axel of the front tires and completely bent the front passenger wheel. It was no longer able to be driven. It was totaled and NOT worth very much at all. DH and I went through the stress of figuring out how we were going to stretch our already tight budget (we basically live paycheck to paycheck and finances cause us a lot of stress).
In our case, it didn't even cross my mind to get a new car seat. Not only was it not an option financially, but I felt like the car seat had relatively no damage to it. It is still capable of doing it's job and keeping Eli secure in the seat. IMO it just wasn't a concern.

Just wanted to jump in and let you know that I understand the whole car seat rationale from your perspective! You gotta do what you gotta do.
I don't have any advice about what kinds of cars would be able to fit three seats, but I'm sure you could find a way to make it work with whichever car is the best fit for you financially. I know this is probably stressing you out to the max, so I wanted to give you some HUGS! Everything will work out!
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July 7th, 2011, 03:03 PM
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Stephanie-did you ask about the insurance covering the seats? Here's a little more info about it:
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If your crashed seat(s) meet the manufacturer's guidelines and/or NHTSA's for replacement, the at-fault driver's auto insurance company should be contacted about covering replacement(s). If you live in a no-fault insurance state, then you would pursue replacement through your own car insurance company.

Some insurance companies are very proactive about covering crashed seats regardless of the manufacturer or crash details, while others may act as though they've never heard of such a thing. It may also depend on the particular claims representative at any given company, and you may need to speak to a supervisor or more senior claims representative to get the authorization for replacement coverage. The insurance company may instruct you to simply purchase a replacement seat and submit the receipt for reimbursement, or prorate the original purchase price of your crashed seat(s) to determine how much to reimburse you, or instruct you to purchase the exact same model as your crashed seat(s). Be sure to clarify what the insurance company will specifically cover before purchasing a new seat.

If the insurance company refuses to cover replacing the carseat(s), you could present the insurance company with FAQ information or other supporting documentation from the carseat manufacturer and/or NHTSA. If the insurance company is still reluctant after you present manufacturer's or NHTSA's statements, you could also try asking for a document stating it accepts full liability and responsibility if the crashed carseat fails to properly protect your child in a subsequent crash. This is an approach reported to have worked in cases where insurance companies weren't initially cooperative. Also, insurance companies in California and Illinois are obligated by law to replace occupied crashed seats according to these links from the California Insurance Code at
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/app...s11580_011.htm and the Illinois Insurance Fact Sheet at
http://www.idfpr.com/DOI/autoinsuran..._own_claim.asp. The California and Illinois requirements may be useful leverage even outside of those states, especially if your insurance company also operates in either or both of those locations.
You could also check with your local police department and/or state police to see if you can get a free seat. There are programs out there to help.
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July 7th, 2011, 03:19 PM
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This won't answer your question but I just want to add to the replacing the car seats discussion. We had a very similar accident, our vehicle was not totaled but it was similar. It happened before Caleb was born but we already had his infant seat installed. We decided to replace it, better safe than sorry. I definitely understand your situation. I want to ditto what Kris said about the insurance companies. DH was at fault in our accident so they didn't want to replace ours (they might have if we really pushed but Caleb could have been born any moment and we didn't want to stress of waiting to find out if they would). There are also places that sell discounted seats, I know we saw some in Once Upon a Child.
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July 7th, 2011, 03:25 PM
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Thanks ladies I'm waiting on a call back from the insurance company they said they may be able to cover it.
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July 7th, 2011, 03:26 PM
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i'm sorry about your car hun that sucks! I bet the insurance company and/or the police department could help.

on a side note - either way you'll still have the 3 in the back - i've made it work when i had my neice, nephew and DS and DD in the car

the booster seat (#1) needs to go on the left-side, DD's in the middle and the other on the right side. You'll have to put either right side DS in first or DD, but have oldest DS (in seat #1) go in last - this is because to get the door closed his arm rest will smoosh into DD's seat a bit. I've tried several ways and that's the one way i could make work.

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July 7th, 2011, 05:45 PM
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Our Sunshine Radians comfortably fit 3 in the back
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July 7th, 2011, 06:00 PM
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Agree with Jenna- sunshine kids prides itself on having 3 in the back seat (we have 1 but I love this seat) shop it on elitecarseats.com and they were 20% off and free ship! Glad you all are ok!
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July 7th, 2011, 06:07 PM
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Depending on how big the car is, though, the Raidan can't RF in the back of a small car. (It won't fit RFing in mine.) Also, the Raidan is quite expensive.

Sorry for coming across as harsh, Stephanie! I also really do know where you are coming from. I just would hate for the kiddos to get hurt at all Hopefully the insurance company will cover it and there won't be any problems! Otherwise, some pps had some good suggestions. No matter what you do, trust me, no judgment here! I would be really out of luck in the same situation

And I would like to add that Kelli is a big know it all smartipants. I was typing to quickly. I most definitely no the difference between know and no
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July 7th, 2011, 08:20 PM
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Amy, were you typing to quickly or too quickly?

Sorry Kelli and I are ganging up on you!!

and Stephanie, I have no advice, but good luck on finding your next vehicle! KUP on what you find
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July 7th, 2011, 08:22 PM
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She wuz typing to kwik, get you're speling curect.
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July 7th, 2011, 08:48 PM
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July 7th, 2011, 08:51 PM
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first...I shouldn't be laughing at this post...but you girls are too funny.

Stephanie - so sorry about your car. That absolutely sucks. I wish I had some advice for you, but I can offer some T and Ps!
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July 7th, 2011, 11:30 PM
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I hope your insurance company takes care of it. We ran over a tire a few weeks ago and State Farm is replacing our car seats 100%. At first I was thinking seriously....for running over a tire and having some bumper damage. Then I thought about it and later if we where in a more serious accident I'm sure some idiot might point out that maybe my childs injury could be my fault because I didn't replace the seats. It's actually helping me, because we are just about to move E out of his infant carrier. So I'm getting the bigger car seat.
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