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Where in the back seat should it be installed for forward facing

When installed in the middle, with all latches attached, the seat leans quite a bit to the left, no matter what i do to fix it. i want to know if i should install to either side instead to insure maximum safety for my child?

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  • a_v_c_s_t_ha Jan 02, 2009

    I have a nissan altima which does have these features and have also employed them, perhaps it's just the shape of the seat and I should move it anyway. Thanks so much for your try on the solution.

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Is there a center strap for the latch system that comes from the top? This is the one that adds a lot of stability. There should be a connection on the back deck or dash of your vehicle. If it's a truck/SUV/Van, sometimes they don't have one. In this case I would use the seatbelt instead and tighten it down as much as possible.

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