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Old 06-22-2011, 12:30 PM
andrewbmw andrewbmw is offline
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rear facing car seat touching the back front seat?

Dear X3 owners,

Do you know if X3 allows car seat to touch or rest against the back of front seat?

According to NHTSA training manual, resting against the back could be a safer practice as long as the manufacture allows it.

However, many folks in car seat forums mentioned that newer cars might have advanced airbag sensors and the touching or bracing of the car seat might mess it up.

I checked the X3 manual but couldn't find anything about the airbag sensors.

BTW, here are what from NHTSA:

"A rear-facing seat can be installed so it rests against the back of the vehicle seat ahead if not counter to manufacturers instructions....If the gap is small or the child is on the heavy side, it is much better to be already touching any forward structure prior to a crash than to hit it during the crash. Resting against a forward seat back is only one way to achieve these benefits."
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