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.