Infant Car Seat in the Pontiac Vibe

This weekend I finally go around to installing our infant car seat in the Pontiac Vibe. We have an infant carrier that locks into a base that gets secured to the car. The infant carrier locks in so that the baby is rear facing. The Pontiac Vibe has the nifty LATCH/UAS hooks to make it super easy to lock the base into place. I had been concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get the base tight enough but that wasn’t a problem. I actually had the base so tight at one point that it took me about 10 minutes to get it loose enough to move the base to the passenger side of the car.

The only problem we’ve discovered with putting an infant car seat in the Pontiac Vibe is that the back seat isn’t as big as we thought. I started out with the seat on the driver’s side but then I couldn’t put the driver’s seat far enough back for myself to be comfortable driving. Now the seat is on the passenger side and it does make the front passenger sit closer to the front of the car.

We went with a “standard” sized infant carrier and it’s a good thing. We had been considering the newer 32 inch large carrier but I don’t think we’d be able to put it in the car at all. Originally we wanted the seat on the driver’s side so that the person in the passenger seat could see what the little one was up to. Maybe the passenger will just end up sitting in the back seat now instead.

2 thoughts on “Infant Car Seat in the Pontiac Vibe

  1. Angie Harvie

    Jeff,

    I have been checking yours and Amie’s blogs as I know that the baby is due any day now and keep wondering if it has happened yet. When I read your car seat post, I laughed out loud! Joe and I recently went through the same experience. When Allison was born, we just had a 2 door Accent and also came to discover that the car wasn’t as big as we thought it was. We recently purchased a new 4 DOOR Toyota Corolla mainly because of the car seat problems. Tell Amie to get used to sitting in the backseat! And, wait until you have to move the baby over to the bigger car seat, you will be buying a 4 door car, I’d bet money on it. Understanding your problem,

    Angie & Joe (and Allison)

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  2. Allan

    Yup. One of you will be the chauffeur for the next 6-9 months until the little one is in the forward facing seat.
    Don’t forget the stack of napkins for well….. ;-)

    Cheerio!
    A

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