By Jennifer Newman on October 31, 2011
This Car Seat Check was originally published in September 2011 on MotherProof.com.
Hyundai seems to know that it has a good thing with the stand-out styling on its Sonata and Elantra sedans. It's no surprise that the redesigned 2012 Accent sedan bears the same look. The Accent is available as a hatchback. For our Car Seat Check, we tested the sedan.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.
Here's how the 2012 Accent did in MotherProof.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: The Accent has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. The anchors are buried deeply in the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet. It's difficult to move the seat cushions out of the way to get to the anchors. There are three tether anchors on the rear shelf behind the head restraints. They sit under hinged plastic covers and are easy to use.
Booster seat: The high-back booster seat fit well in the Accent, but the floppy seat belt buckles, which can be difficult for younger kids to use, tended to fall behind the booster.
Convertible seat: Both the forward- and rear-facing convertible fit well in the Accent. There was no need to move the front passenger seat forward. The Britax's rigid Latch connectors made easy work of finding the Latch anchors.
Infant-safety seat: There's plenty of room in the backseat for this rear-facing car seat. Our Graco's traditional Latch connectors made it difficult to install this car seat.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Newman is a certified car-seat technician. A mom of two, she owns a 2013 Subaru Outback crammed with sports gear. Email Jennifer