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October 11th, 2010, 11:39 AM
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Dodge/Chrysler offer "Swivel 'n Go" seats in their mini vans. From looking at Dodge's page, it sounds like you can have the middle two seats facing the rear while the minivan is in motion. This strikes me as a great way to keep your kids rear facing. But then I wondered if that's safe? The car seats haven't been tested to be installed forward facing in a vehicle seat that is actually rear-facing. What makes it so that a convertible car seat has a higher weight limit when it's forward facing? Would putting it in a swivel seat and turning it rear facing mean the lower weight limits of the rear facing applies?

Do any of you know about this? Do any of you have "Swivel 'n Go" seats?


Here's the page where they talk about the feature:
Dodge - 2010 Grand Caravan - Design - Swivel 'n Go
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October 11th, 2010, 02:26 PM
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You are not allowed to install a car seat on a seat that is not forward facing. So no, you can't install a seat on the vehicle seat that is turned facing the rear.
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October 11th, 2010, 02:46 PM
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In reality, you can't swivel the seats until a child is out of a booster or around age 10-12. It's great in theory, but it's not practical and not safe.
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October 11th, 2010, 03:23 PM
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That's what I suspected. Thanks for verifying!
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