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Old 12-06-2012, 10:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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One thing to be aware of - there are weight and height restrictions for rear facing in most convertibles. The Recaro ProRide is no exception.
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Rear facing setup is limited to 35lb ad 22.5" seated.
I'm confused, because the ProRide I just received states directly in the manual.
"Rear-facing: appropriate for children who are 37.5" tall or less and who weigh 5 to 35 pounds/ forward facing: appropriate for children who are 50" tall or less and who weigh 20 to 70 pounds"
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I'm confused, because the ProRide I just received states directly in the manual.
"Rear-facing: appropriate for children who are 37.5" tall or less and who weigh 5 to 35 pounds/ forward facing: appropriate for children who are 50" tall or less and who weigh 20 to 70 pounds"

I think the difference is in seated height vs total height?

My daughter is 9 months and is 30" tall. Seated she is perhaps 20-22" tall.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:53 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I think the difference is in seated height vs total height?

My daughter is 9 months and is 30" tall. Seated she is perhaps 20-22" tall.
Ahhh I missed that, thanks. Our 10 month daughter is 30" total height. I think she has plenty of space to grow rear facing though. Her legs may get a bit scrunched in the next year, but she shouldn't have a problem being within the limit.
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I think she has plenty of space to grow rear facing though. Her legs may get a bit scrunched in the next year, but she shouldn't have a problem being within the limit.
Exactly, my son is gonna be tall like me, and his legs might be scrunched up a little until he is 2, but facts are facts and it is safer to keep them rear facing til 2.

Here is a good article
Rear-Facing Until 2 Years Old: Why Not?
number 2 specifically cites the leg concern. Data shows the legs are more prone to injury when forward facing.

Anyway... to the OP's question. Have you considered a '10+ Outback? That's what we have as our primary kid-hauler and we have the rear facing behind the passenger's seat. It is moved forward a click or two, but I can sit there comfortably at 6'3". I could probably put it behind the driver's seat and be ok to drive too. With the CVT it get's better mpg than the 4EAT Forester. And of course you still have the legendary Subaru AWD :)
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I dont have any pics, but with our rear facing car seat i could not sit in the passenger seat. i am 6'3". In pa i believe at age 1 or a certain weight the seat can be forward facing once that happens i would have enough leg room. We have the same issue with our 08 grand prix.

Check whith your state for the rear facing requirements. maybe they can be turned around before the other one comes !
Car seat update.

Well i now have two kids. The rear facing seat is on the passenger side, and the forward facing seat is on the drivers side. The forward seat offers more leg room up front than the rear facing. My son isn't even 2 and kicking the crap out of the seat.

I am now looking for a different car. Probably a Mini van I know I know i dont know what else to do.
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Car seat update.

I am now looking for a different car. Probably a Mini van I know I know i dont know what else to do.
Wait, what's the problem
In our 08 my son sits forward facing behind the driver, and my 1 month old daughter sits rear facing behind the passenger.. I'm 6'1" and both front seats are fine.. no minivan..
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Wait, what's the problem
In our 08 my son sits forward facing behind the driver, and my 1 month old daughter sits rear facing behind the passenger.. I'm 6'1" and both front seats are fine.. no minivan..
Well i am 6' 3" and i need to have my seat back all the way and reclined a little.


In the 2008 fozz dont the rear seats adjust?
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In the 2008 fozz dont the rear seats adjust?
Not in MY2008. In MY2009, rear seats recline in some trims.
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Nope, 08 is still SG- 09 SH has backseat recline.

Check the carseat that's rear facing, our graco has a foot that extends to adjust the tilt, and when it's tilted it takes up way more room. As the little one gets bigger and stronger the tilt can be dialed down..

I would just re-adjust your seat if it were me, put the forward facing behind the driver and let the passenger sit tight until you get big enough for another forward facing seat.
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You might want to try putting in singer Impreza front seats. Their lower cushion hey will mean you might be able to move you seat up a click or yep and get the same feel that you have now.

I'm 6'1" and have my soon facing forward behind me and a rear facing behind the passenger. Not all forward facing seats give you good room. Our Britax Marathon is better than average, but our Recaro Young Sport is the best for room I've seen yet.

So maybe instead of a new car maybe just new front seats and baby seats.

Rear facing seats take up so much room, it's hard top get around that.

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In the same boat. The SH does have about 3 or 4 more inches between driver and car seat when I sit in it. I'm 6'3" with sti seats and there is no legroom at all for my forward facing seat behind the driver in my SG. I am garppling with getting rid of it for an SH, but I am going to miss it a lot!
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I will have to try some other seats for the foward facing. I just checked at wal marts Some seemed like they would offer better leg room for both of us.

Replacing the front seats just doesn't make sense to me.

Even with the drivers seat up a notch my son is still kicking the seat
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my son is still kicking the seat
^ I think I've spotted your problem
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Even with the drivers seat up a notch my son is still kicking the seat
You aren't going to get away from him kicking the seat unless you get a VERY large car. We also have a 2011 legacy and he kicks that seat. Take a towel, poke two holes in it, put the headrest supports through it and drape over back of seat. My SG won't even accommodate his legs with me sitting in front of him.
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