2013 Nissan Altima: Car Seat Check

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

The competition is fierce in the midsize car class and the players are always changing: Toyota Camry was redesigned for 2012, and new versions of the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion are in the pipeline for 2013. Nissan has a redesigned Altima sedan. The wide, flat rear seat is for child safety seats, but crowded and buckle latch anchor installation was less than easy.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant seat safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back seat turbocharger.

The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats installed in the second row. The child seat installed sitting behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats behind the passenger seat. We install the car seat in the second row of the middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.

Here's how the 2013 Nissan Altima has in Cars.com 's Car Seat Check:

Latch system:
There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats Altima. They are highly booked into the seat, where the back and bottom meet pillow. The anchors are smashed on the top cushion. This placement makes it difficult to achieve.

Booster seat:
The wide, flat rear seat helped us a good fit for the booster, which had plenty of space. The Altima, the buckles are fairly stable base, so the kids should be able independently to buckle-up.

Convertible seat:
There are three tether anchors on the rear shelf. You are under hinged plastic covers and have a lot of freedom. You see accessible at first glance, but the Altima the headrests are fixed, so the convertible top strap must thread around the head restraint so that it connects to an awkward maneuver. The fixed head restraint also made it difficult to situate the forward-facing convertible at the right angle. The rear-facing convertible had plenty of space – the front passenger seat does not need to move forward – but the latch lever and the seat belts were crowded, complicated connection of the car seat.

Infant-safety seat:
The passenger seat had to be moved about 2 inches forward to mount the rear-facing child seat. An average size passenger have enough leg room. The Altima the middle seat back to be folded down to become an armrest, so this is not a safe place for a rear-facing child seat. In a crash, the seatback can fold down and hurt the child.

How many car seats fit in the second row?
Two, but it was pretty close.

Editor's note: For three car seats – infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats – to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must reach the buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.

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