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Old 27th November 2006, 00:12   #1
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I wish to fit a 3rd row of seat in my Baleno Altura.Any suggestions?
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Old 27th November 2006, 08:30   #2
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Don't- car not set up for this - buy a Versa if you must
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Old 28th November 2006, 23:46   #3
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I'm not looking for full size permanent seats.I'm looking for a set of two small foldable and removable seats good enough for 5 year old kids.
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Old 29th November 2006, 00:21   #4
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Station wagons abroad with a third row are having length of around 4500 mm wheras the altura is only 3375 mm in length so I suppose its going to be really tight.

You would have to source them from abroad,dont know which one would be an ideal fit for the Baleno Altura

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Following pics are for the ford taurus wagon.
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Old 29th November 2006, 01:24   #5
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Forget to add in earlier post:

The dimensions of the baleno coupled with the nature of the third row seat make it an unsafe proposition.We at team-bhp advocate never compromising on safety issues no matter what.So please be warned.

Also I dont know if it would be legal in India to add two more seats to a five seater car,insurance guys may not like it as well.However I dont know much in this regard and somebody else could comment on this.
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Imagine if a truck crunches the back of the Altura!
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Please care for the kids' safety. It is NOT SAFE.
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Old 29th November 2006, 14:08   #8
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Yes ,safety is biggest issue.But I don,t intend to use these seats for Highway trips.Just for fun trips with in city.Lengthwise there is enough space but Headroom is a bit tight.
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Why dont you make some huge seats..
I mean If its just for fun..How about foam seats..You can get them tailored made to your specifications..
But I suggest dont get anything..Instead let the kids play at the back..
We used to do the same thing in our tata estate..Some time we used to sleep behind in the trunk..

But it is NOT safe..
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Just get a foam bed for the whole area. The kids will be more comfortable on those than sitting in those creepy small seats.

But the rear area of a station wagon is not supposed to be used for that. So, be careful!
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Old 30th November 2006, 00:12   #11
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I'm not hell bent to add these seats at any cost.I'm not going for these if everybody is so concerned about safety in this case.But this arises a question-Just how much safe are small Hatch-backs on highways.In most of these small cars,distance between rear seats and hatch is less than 20" and they haven't got strong bumpers.
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Think speedzak has a point there... (if you only plan the seats for the kids)...

Since the roof height is not that high, dont think the seats will be comfortable...
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umm foam beds do not come with seatbelts etc. Yes the rear safety will be about as much as a small hatch's (depending on how strong the passenger cage is), but seatbelts would be a bare minimum.
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Well in case of hatches in the event of sudden braking there are less chances that a passenger sitting would be thrown around as in the case if he is sitting in the luggage space.

You would definitely require seatbelts for the third row seat even if it is only for city driving which also means it would have to be a permanent fixture.
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Having seat belts makes the car a 7-8 seater..As seatbelts will only be put where a person sits,,No one will be put seatbelts just for hanging there,,
So wont this make your car Illegal...considering Altura is a max.5 seater..
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