Child Seat Report - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: Child Seat Report

September 3, 2012

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The second row seatbelt receivers in our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost tuck so nicely into the seat bottoms that they are nearly flush with the surface. That is great until it comes time to install a rear-facing child seat in the center position.

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Notice that the child seat straps obscure the seatbelt receivers from view. Well, that also means you can't stuff the belt in there to buckle it. So the outboard second row seats are more-or-less unusable when the child seat is installed. This could be a deal-breaker for some families.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 19,835 miles


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