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Old 05-16-2019, 12:32 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by bfolens View Post
I am not exactly sure about the RV situation versus Car. But if there are no difference. the rule are pretty clear in CA :
The rules are in fact different for RVs. Legally you are OK putting a child seat sideways in an RV. BUT the actual safety is not as clear cut. Newer child seats are designed for side impact as well as forward, but obviously forward facing is the absolute best safety wise. I did it for awhile with one of my kids but decided to install a bolt-in forward facing seat for the long term.

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Old 05-16-2019, 01:31 PM   #22
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The big issue here is safety vs. legality. Legally, you are probably fine wherever your kid is sitting. However, safety-wise, I wouldn't put a rear facing seat on a side facing gaucho for any more than an around town trip. Obviously, you can make your own choice, but you want something that will hold the seat securely to the gaucho if you are in a front end crash.

Also, side-impact protection on car seats assumes that the seat is strapped into a forward facing seat in a car and the car is then hit from the side. There is basically no testing for a side facing seating position in a van/rv.
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