Ask the Best and Brightest: Kids and Two-Seaters?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
ask the best and brightest kids and two seaters

Protmind writes:

I’ve got a question for the best and the brightest-child car seats in two seater cars. I drive a ’06 S2000 and I’m expecting my first child. I’ve read my owner’s manual which foretells doom and gloom for children who ride along. However having ridden in my father’s 190SL extensively (sometime with only meager lap belts holding me), some of these hyper safety warnings ring a little false. If I take the necessary steps to make sure an airbag will not deploy when a child is with me, is the front seat just as safe as the back seat? Or is there another reason children should be in the back seat only? If you post this, in the interests of protecting my mortified wife, please only use my screen nic.

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  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Mar 09, 2009
    Time for a Sienna! Best car in the world, for kids. I have to second that. We just bought one and, really, it just works so very, very well. Save yourself time, effort, heartache and, quite possibly, physical pain. They're easy to drive and they make all the compromises go away. The minutes and stress you save with a minivan not only free you up day to day (believe me, after putting your 30-40lb toddler in a rear seat enough times, the virtue of a high hip-point vis a vis your spinal cord is appreciated), they'll make it much easier when you try to sell your much-less-stressed significant other on the virtues of building a Caterham in the garage.

  • Richard Chen Richard Chen on Mar 09, 2009

    Thirded on the Sienna rec. The owner of closed & sold the board, fortunately there's a new community at SiennaChat.

  • Doctorv8 Doctorv8 on Mar 09, 2009

    Used E39 M5's are cheap now. I can't think of a better family friendly enthusiast car.

  • CarPerson CarPerson on Mar 09, 2009

    If you’re adding a branch to the family tree, the Toyota Sienna should be on your list to check out. Get one you really like because you’ll find it’s the hot ticket from daycare to K thru 6.