2010 Dodge Nitro: Car Seat Check

The 2010 Dodge Nitro is a rugged SUV that can double as a family-hauler. While I was surprised the five-seater couldn’t fit three child-safety seats in the second row, I was glad to see all of the legroom back there, which made it easy to install rear-facing car seats. For the Car Seat Check, we use a rear-facing infant-safety seat, a convertible child-safety seat and a high-back booster seat, all made by Graco. The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The child seats are installed in the second row and, if available, third row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. Here’s how the 2010 Nitro scored in MotherProof.com’s Car Seat Check: Latch system: Two sets of lower Latch anchors are visible to the eye and can be found in the second row’s outboard seats. There are three tether anchors in the middle of the second row’s seatbacks. While the tether anchors are easy to spot, they’re not so easy to use because there’s not a lot of clearance below the anchor. I had to twist the tether hook around to attach it to the tether anchor. Booster seat: The booster seat fit well, but the Nitro’s floppy seat belts could cause problems for kids trying to buckle up by themselves. The rear head restraints aren’t removable, but they didn’t interfere with the booster seat’s fit. Convertible child-safety seat: It was downright easy to install a rear-facing convertible seat in the Nitro because of the easy-to-find lower Latch anchors and the plentiful second-row legroom. Installing a forward-facing convertible wasn’t quite as pain-free because of the problematic tether anchors.  Rear-facing infant-safety seat: The infant-safety seat fit easily in the spacious second row.  Do two car seats fit? Yes Do three car seats fit? No Read the full review of the 2010 Dodge Nitro here.

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