When fitting 3 child car seats, AKA child restraint systems (CRS), across the back seat of a car many factors need to be considered. The space across the back seat, being the first. If you have 3 equal seat spaces, then you are in with a chance. When fitting 3 CRS’s side by side, both size and combination will impact whether a fit is achieved or not. Accessibility is a consideration too, for instance, when securing a High-Backed Booster Seat, you may find the adult seat belt receiver (the red bit) is covered by the seat and not accessible.
Your actual cars seats are designed for adults and not to accommodate CRS’s. Fundamental aspects like ‘supportive’ sides in the seat cushion will make fitting 3 in a row more difficult. It is, in fact, possible that Isofix seats will not work when used with Isofix fittings side by side. Instead, you can use adult seat belts if this is an option.
Browse our list of cars that are suitable for 3 seats in row.
What can I do if I can’t fit 3 in a row?
You could consider changing your car, however, this may not be an option. If you cannot change your vehicle, the problem may be solved by changing the car seats you’re using.
Our primary alternative would be to consider the RiveMove. This is a fantastic new product that mounts using the Isofix positions and can move the CRS 7cms closer to the door. This might not seem much but usually makes all the difference.
Twins, Triplets etc may create other fitting challenges. Families with children that have a few years of separation between them may be trying to accommodate an infant carrier, a seat suitable for a toddler as well as a High Backed Booster.
Offering the range of seats that we do, often means we can find a combination of seats and fittings that work for most situations, especially when using the RiveMove.
Ideally, we recommend booking in-store appointments, especially for complex setups. However, we offer advice to our customers who are unable to travel to our stores as well. This is in part due to the RiveMove which has made handling 3 in a row considerably easier than it might otherwise have been.
If you find yourself struggling with 3 in the back, book an appointment with us to see if the RiveMove solves the problem today!
Great Products for 3 Across*
*These products won't necessarily work for everyone's situation, but they are popular for 3 across setups.