2013 Scion FR-S: Car Seat Fail

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

So, fathers, maybe you are looking for a weekend car – something to spice up with an anti-minivan atmosphere and affordable sticker price of the garage. Maybe think MIATA spell fun, but let's face it: It might have to work to relocate the family every once in a while, so rear seat-less is out. If you are considering, the 2013 Scion FR-S, and it is.

Do not get me wrong, does that mean four-seater coupĂ© and is fun to drive, but your kids do not fit in the back seat – at least not safely. The 2013 Scion FR-S failed Cars.com 's Car Seat Check. We could not properly installed two of the four car seats that we use.

To be fair, the FR-S is not a family car. But if it has a back seat, we test it. Sometimes looks are deceiving, and we are pleasantly surprised to have enough space to find a place to safely install. Other times, it's not even close. This was the case with the FR-S.

But it was not for lack of trying. In fact, three different editors used a few different brands of child safety seats with no luck. For the Car Seat Check official, use a Graco SnugRide 30 Cars.com rear-facing child seat safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat (facing in both forward and reverse positions) and Graco high-back seat turbocharger.

First the good news. The turbocharger fit OK, since the large side bolsters on the sides were far enough so that we nestle into the booster cushion. With an average size adults in the driver's seat, but there is not enough leg room for the child. Let's start kick the seat!

Our rear-facing convertible fit well, but barely. The front passenger seat are required to be all the way to the front and in a fully upright position and prevents any (human) sit from there.

Our last two seats do not fit. In the forward-facing position, the convertible does not have enough space, and the fixed head restraints in the way. The FR-S 'Latch anchors were buried, but still accessible, and the lead anchor on the back shelf was very easy to find, but the seats are concave, and the jaws are so high that we were unable to sit flat on the convertible seat Much of the car seat has been suspended in the air, it must be 80% of the rest on the seat to be safe flat. We had the same problem with our Graco car seat.

If the problem is specific to the brand of the seats we use in our tests? Turns out, no. My son uses an Evenflo Titan convertible, and it would not work in the front or rear position. When it forward facing, I had the same problem as our other seat. Rear-facing, the deep seat is prevented from sitting at the right angle, despite adjustment of the footrests and built it several times.

Although the FR-S 'rear seat is expected to be low, which was really the car seats prevented from mounting the shape of the seats. They are sunken and almost bucket-like form two deep wells that prevent the car seat from sitting flat.

Managing Editor David Thomas had similar problems with his son's soon-to – be outgrown Graco convertible seat. "It just hovered over the seat after I joined the line My son was really excited to ride in it to the baker -. A tradition of us -., But we had to take the woman to take Subaru"

The FR-S is not alone. This is followed by a short list of cars that our car seat checks have failed, including the Volkswagen Passat, Nissan GT-R and Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. That's 100 new models we have tested since November 2011. These cars, along with the FR-S, you should move your still single and / or empty nester car shopping list.

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