Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

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    Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

    I got thinking about this when I saw someone facing backwards in the back of a circa 2003 Taurus wagon. Are there are wagons in production that still have this feature?

    EDIT: I got thinking about a "traditional" station wagon and thought about the Mercedes E class, and they still offer them:



    The CTS wagon doesn't offer this does it? Any other wagons to mention with them? Feel free to share your experiences with them
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    Re: Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    I got thinking about this when I saw someone facing backwards in the back of a circa 2003 Taurus wagon. Are there are wagons in production that still have this feature?

    EDIT: I got thinking about a "traditional" station wagon and thought about the Mercedes E class, and they still offer them:



    The CTS wagon doesn't offer this does it? Any other wagons to mention with them? Feel free to share your experiences with them
    As far I know the cts does not offer this at least not in Canada/us that I have seen.

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    Re: Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

    I think they were virtually eliminated (at least in the USA) because of safety concerns. In case of a rear-end accident, these seats are a real death-trap. Cars' rear is much weaker than the front, and the rear door offers essentially no protection to the occupants. There is no heavy engine to absorb the impact, no airbags (nor a strong supporting structure to put them on), and the distance between the impact point and the legs of the rear-facing occupants is minimal. Even a minor rear-end accident, which would be totally inconsequential to other occupants of both vehicles, could easily result in very serious injury (like loss of both legs) or fatality for the rear-facing passengers.

    Car manufacturers don't want the liability of a "class-action" suit by a bunch of angry parents who lost their kids in relatively minor accidents due to "unsafe car design".

    I supposed Mercedes is still offering them in the E-Class because the E-Class is a very heavy and strong platform, which can withstand a rear-end accident with an average car relatively well. But a typical mid-size economy-priced wagon stands no chance in a rear-end accident vs. a pick-up truck or larger SUV. Still, as a parent and an engineer, I would never put my children in the rear-facing seats of a Mercedes E-Class because it would be much more dangerous than having them in a forward-facing third-row seat of a full-size SUV or minivan.

    Modifying the standard platform to make it "accident resistant" would be prohibitively expensive for a relatively small niche market, especially taking into account the availability of affordable front-facing three-row SUVs and minivans.
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    Re: Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

    I know I saw new car with them at NAIAS and was surprised. I'm pretty sure it was a Tesla model, but I can't find any evidence of it on the internet. I'll check my camera, to see if I snapped a pic.

    Scratch that, I found a pic online. Supposedly of the Tesla S.


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    Re: Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

    heh I learned to never let someone sit where they shouldn't...back in the day I had a bunch of friends in my Forester and a chick friend laid in the back. Nothing happened though a couple months later the nasty rear end collision it suffered put the tailgate against the back seat...certainly would not have been a good place to be.

    I didn't think too much about it at first but it indeed doesn't seem that safe. Wagons due to their larger body structure in that area would seem stronger in such a collision. Perhaps MB engineered the E class for this
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    Re: Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

    Rear facing i don't like but forward facing is fine - not for the reasons put forth here but because whoever sits there has to look at some fools headlights the whole trip as they sit so close you can count the bugs in the grill
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    Re: Station wagons with rear facing 3rd row seats

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    Rear facing i don't like but forward facing is fine - not for the reasons put forth here but because whoever sits there has to look at some fools headlights the whole trip as they sit so close you can count the bugs in the grill
    aww come on wheres your thrill? lol

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