2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Swivel 'n No Go

April 07, 2008

Of the adult pleasures disallowed to young children, such as coffee-drinking and unrestricted use of the more colorful words of Anglo-Saxon origin, you can now add Swivel 'n Go.

Maybe it should go without saying, but if your children are young enough to need a child seat or infant carrier, you may not use Chrysler Corp's newest gee-whiz seats. Oh, you can Swivel them 'n not Go. Or you could Go 'n not Swivel...

But not both at the same time. Your carefully engineered, regulated and tested rear-facing infant seat becomes a forward-facing seat with one spin. This renders the feature all-but useless for young families.

Sure, you could move the child seat(s) to the third row and put older kids and adults in the backward-facing second row, but then you'd just have to move the child seat(s) to the second row when it's just you and the kids otherwise your toddler won't be able to kick the back of your seat. And let's stop being ridiculous: The last thing parents want to do is unlatch and reinstall car seats over and over again because it remains a giant pain in the butt.

Understand, Chrysler never claimed nor implied that you could use Swivel 'n Go with child seats. We mention all of this in the spirit of public service for which Inside Line has become so famous.

--Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit @ 1047 miles

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