Re: Can I carry three kids in back seat of a new T
It would be cramped ...but as long as you could have a bona fide, appropriately anchored, seat belt for each of them .... I don't see the safety problem. It's a space issue (IMHO) Heck, go hog wild and rig a 4 point for the center position. The main thing is that you don't want anyone playing superman in an accident. My TJ is about the only vehicle that I've automatically put my seat belt on in (yes, I'm one of "those").
btw- although all positions in a TJ have shoulder belts ...the center spot in my Caravan doesn't ...so it kinda negates any absolute requirement that everyone have one. That is, if the lack of one in your setup is "that" unsafe. It should be just as unsafe in any vehicle that doesn't have one either.
Now as far as comfort and practicality ..or whether it's wise (as in annoying) ...that's up to you and the youngsters to figure out. Keep in mind that your kids are not static beings ...they get bigger rather quickly.
btw- You do need a Caravan ...with that many people to move you'll never regret the purchase. I whined when my wife wanted our's in 92 ...we still have it and it's made life soooooooo much easier as the "family truckster".
How about a Cherokee Sport instead? This will allow you to retain some testosterone that the minivan so effectively nuetralizes.