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Old 08-18-2009, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, new to the forums and to Foresters. Bought a new Forester and we have our first child on the way, wondering if anyone has had any experience using baby car seats in the new Foresters? I understand the 1st and 2nd gen's had very little room in the back and that the 3rd gen's are more generous on rear space but I sat in the back one baby seat that we had already purchased for our other car (a falcon) where we wern't worried about size, even so this seat was labeled as a compact design suitable for hatchbacks? but it required the passanger seat to be moved forward in the Forester from the desired position, not uncomfortably so for my wife and I could squeeze in it as well (although a little uncomfortable for me) but certainly couldn't drive in that position if the seat was on the other side.

Any suggestions for best fitting seat in 2009 Forester?

We want the reversable style, rearward to forward facing as the child gets older. (obviously it is only rearward facing that causes space issues).

P.S Loving the Forester

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My son has the EvenFlow But that is for a toddler. It fit my 08 just fine.
He had the Baby Trend EX FlexLoc I belioeve. It was consumer Reports Top Rated one. I can't imagine it would be any problem at all.

You will need to buy something else after around 22 pounds or so. I really like the Even Flow for that range.
Oops you're an Aussie..sorry.
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rear facing seats don't fit well in many cars, they almost always require the front seat to compromise a little... fortunately they get into forward facing pretty quick and before you know it they will be asking to ride in the front seat and want to listen to their own music... enjoy it while it lasts.
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Funny enough... the reason I bought my 09 Forester was for the car seat. My wife and I were expecting and it was time to place the rear facing car seat in my 06 Impreza.... didn't fit...well unless I cut the wife's legs off...LOL...so off to Subaru of Hamilton we go with car seat in hand. We hit the showroom hard slamming that seat in every available model they had in the showroom...like the three little bears... this one was too small (Impreza)...this one was to big (and ugly) Tribeca... but this one was just right... and drove home in our new Forester 3 days later. Two days after that my daughter was born. The car seat fits perfect with even MY tall lanky *** in the passenger seat. Plus you get the added bonus of rear seats that recline. Best vehicle I've ever owned thus far and I've had many. Still miss the Impreza though... I just might get my 06/07 STI for my mid life crisis in a few years...
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Do a search for Radian XT. Just put it in my FXT. Looks great for taller/bigger kids
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Thanks for the comments guys.

Yes I do live in Oz so will have to get something made here so that it comply's with Australian standards. The thing that annoys me most is I can't use the European/US mounting system for baby seats ISOFIX (the clips that clamp onto the bar that runs at the bottom of the back seat.) Apparantly there is no Australian standard for this system yet even though the Subaru (and many other cars I believe now) has it. No localy made seats can use it and we are forced to pass the seatbelt arround the seat. I have no idea why, as the ISOFIX system would appear to work a lot better?
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Have a read here: Boot room & Baby seat specs
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The thing that annoys me most is I can't use the European/US mounting system for baby seats ISOFIX (the clips that clamp onto the bar that runs at the bottom of the back seat.) Apparantly there is no Australian standard for this system yet even though the Subaru (and many other cars I believe now) has it
That is too bad. Australia missed the boat here.
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Thanks for the link "XT for me", that gives some ideas and the pictures were handy to see how they sit, will also need one of those extension straps I guess.
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I have never called this company, but I was looking at getting a kids seat with isofix and found Recaro make them.

RECARO – Idealseat Company – Orthopaedic Seating Specialists – A new dimension in seating

RECARO – Idealseat Company – Orthopaedic Seating Specialists – A new dimension in seating
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Hi,

I recently bought a MY09 foz for baby carrying purposes ;) our little one is almost 3 months old now.
We have a 'safe and sound - Meridian' car seat, it is covertable from rearward facing to front facing, 0-4years or 18kg. It is on the large size and it's quite expensive as far as car seats go, but from the research i did at the time it is one of the safest (main reason for buying this model).

It is easy to install (i did it myself) and it will reach the top mount anchor point without an extension strap. It comes with a thick seat protector which is a plus as i don't want the leather damaged (ill let you know if it worked when i take seat out..). Does not make use of the ISOFIX points as i think someone already mentioned they're not really available here yet.

For me 182cm or 6ft, the front seat is further forward that i would choose to have it, but its not that bad. Much better that my cousin who has rav4 with same baby seat, sitting in the front passenger seat of his car is crippling!

By the way, the first baby seat always goes on passenger side, this is for safety getting bub in and out.
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Goodluck with the seat and the new foz and the new bub!
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We've got the Recaro. Superb system. If they make sets for rally cars, they're a better choice in my mind than someone that builds prams...
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we take delivery of our 2009 xt tomorrow 090909 and had the baby seat in there today for the clincher test drive,our boy is 15 mths old and there is plenty of room for his seat in the centre and either side
we traded our 1998 gt which had limited room in the back,but still a great car
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Hi all,

I'm new to the forum. This is my first post. I recently bought a new MY09 as we are expecting our first child at the end of this month.

The car has been great so far, especially after the dealer fixed a rattle in the rear which was so annoying initially.

Anyway, I'm trying to install a rear facing baby seat myself. I have 2 questions and love to hear your comments.

(1) The FOZ manual recommands installing child seats on the 2 sides instead of the middle. But most literature I read recommand "the middle where possible". I only have 1 child seat to install and mounting it in the middle seems to make more sense to me, as I imagine that this would be a safer spot especially in the case of side impacts? I saw justinsane's post above but what do other FOZ owners do?

(2) I could get the baby seat to install in such a way that when rocking the middle-lower part on the side of the child seat, it felt pretty secure and solid. But when rocking the top part of the child seat, it did feel a little bit, although not much, wobbly. Is it meant to be absolutely secure no matter where you rock the child seat? As the tether strap is pulling the top part of the child seat, I just don't understand how the top half of the child seat can be held down securely?

My last resort is to visit one of the authorised fitting stations. But before I do that, I'm interested to hear from other FOZ owners.

Thanks in advance.

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SLB99. i read the same thing in the manual thats why i installed on the side rather than middle position. Maybe because its much more stable there due to shape of seat as you mentioned, im not really sure though. Also for what it's worth, most my friends with SUVs have put on passenger side rear seat as recommended in manuals.

All i can say for sure is that getting you baby in and out of the middle seat will be difficult, especially when they put on a few Kg!

Good choice getting the FOz, its an awesome baby carrier among other things :)
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