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July 19th, 2008, 11:24 PM
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Just how safe are the built in car seats in cars? We just bought a minivan that has one and we are debating whether to continue using DD's current car seat or use the built in one. She's 2-1/2 years and 36 lbs. Her current seat is the Alpha Omega 3 in 1.
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July 19th, 2008, 11:35 PM
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I have a van that has 2 built in carseats in the middle row. I used it for a while for my oldest-he's 3 (38 pounds, 39 inches tall). Mine seemed to be very hard to adjust, and don't have any side support. I was told they are just as safe as regular car seats, but found them to be more of a pain in the butt.
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July 20th, 2008, 10:05 AM
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They are perfectly safe! The pass all the same standards as any other child retsraint. The only thing is that they don't have sides, so they dont have any Side impact protection. If you have a car serat I woulsd use it, but the built ins are fine.
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July 20th, 2008, 12:39 PM
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My sister uses her and seems happy with it and thinks its just as safe as a reg seat.
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July 20th, 2008, 07:48 PM
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What types of cars have built in seats? I've never actually seen one.
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July 20th, 2008, 08:24 PM
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What types of cars have built in seats? I've never actually seen one. [/b]
Mostly mini vans

my brother had an older neon with one...It's something you can get in a car when you build it, extras like super cool speakers or a navigation system.
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July 21st, 2008, 12:01 PM
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Here's what you can get with the Dodge Grand Caravan as an example:
http://www.dodge.com/en/2008/grand_caravan...tion/index.html

It's basicly integral to the seat instead of something you buckle in. You would be eliminating the possibility of the child's seat coming loose from the car. The seat is attached to the car, and seats don't come loose from cars unless it's the kind of crash you aren't going to survive anyway or the car is badly rusted out.

The down side would be that you have that car seat in that seating position and don't have an easy way of changing to a normal seat, it may limit options otherwise available for cargo hauling such as stow 'n' go, and it may not afford the best lateral support for side impact protection.

I don't know what the testing NHTSA requires for car seats, but I know it would have to be thoroughly tested because it is included with an OEM vehicle as an optional piece of equipment installed by the factory. If there is any advantage to how well it's tested it is that you know that an integral car seat has been tested in the car it is designed to be installed in, car seats are most likely crash tested on a standard seat of some sort, but not in every possible variation of automobile seat they might be installed on.
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July 21st, 2008, 01:33 PM
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Just curious..
what is the weight limit for these?
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July 21st, 2008, 03:30 PM
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what is the weight limit for these?[/b]
mine have a 50 pounds limit.
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July 26th, 2008, 06:02 PM
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It's different in all cars. Most are 50lbs some 40.
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