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    Child seats

    Has anyone driven their DMC with a child's car seat installed? I mocked it up today. It would have to be rear facing. It fits fine except that it will block some vision with my RH side mirror.

    Back in the 80's my dad used to put my brother and I next to each other on the passenger seat of his 1979 RX7, so at least I'm stepping it up a bit.

    It would be nice to get the belt to cinch tight around the base of the car seat instead of only offering resistance under inertia (like sudden braking).
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    They have to be rear facing until the child is a certain weight. At least in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdg3205 View Post
    They have to be rear facing until the child is a certain weight. At least in Canada.
    Pretty sure it's the same here in most states. All the car seats I'm using when facing rear just use the child seat clips only found in newer cars. When they face forward then you use the normal seat belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    Pretty sure it's the same here in most states. All the car seats I'm using when facing rear just use the child seat clips only found in newer cars. When they face forward then you use the normal seat belt.
    +1

    That's a LATCH system.....you should make a system for the DeLorean, Dave!
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    In the US it varies by State. Often by age, weight AND height. We can go to the local police station and they have at least 1 officer who is qualified to install the child seat. When the child is small they are not supposed to go in the front seat UNLESS there is NO back seat. In that case there is an exemption. Front facing or rear facing depends on the size, weight, and age of the child. Find out what the regs are where you live. The seats in the Delorean don't have the tether anchor points like modern cars do so you must use the seat belt. Because it also has an inertia reel it makes it harder to do it. Some seats only use the belt to hold the seat, the seat has it's own harness for the child. Bottom line, you must get the right seat and have someone help you install it correctly.
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    [QUOTE=David T;225468 Bottom line, you must get the right seat and have someone help you install it correctly.[/QUOTE]

    Damn. And here I was using a bucket and bungee cords.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdg3205 View Post
    It would be nice to get the belt to cinch tight around the base of the car seat instead of only offering resistance under inertia (like sudden braking).
    Dave,

    iirc

    you have to install the seat-base and insert the seatbelt buckle as normal and then pull out the rest of the seatbelt webbing from the inertia reel until it clicks and let it retract back into the reel again. Then push the carseat base into the DeLorean seat until it is as tight as possible.

    That's how I did it back in the prehistoric pre-LATCH days before car seats had bases and all sorts of other fancy attachments
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    I used to work in the crast test industry and we also did child seat testing. My 2 cents would be to wait until they are big enough not to require a car seat unless you are cruising on a closed track. If the crash test found on youtube is the final one, it would be a hard fail by modern standards. I've seen hundreds of crash tests and none of them were anywhere near as bad as the delorean one. I wouldn't feel comfortable trying to put a modern child seat in a delorean considering how poorly it already performs in crash testing.

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