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Today my 5 year old was riding in the 3rd row behind my 3 year old. Both in boosters/car seats. As 5 year olds do she was playing with any thing she could in the third row and pulled the lever on the seat in front of her that pivots the second row seat forward to get out. To my wife and my horror, the seat unlatched and the spring action tossed my 3 year old in his car seat forward, crashing his head into the driver’s side front seat. The car was in motion when this happened and had to find a quick opportunity to over and assess the situation. Bumps and brusies, but seems he was ok. I can’t believe that there is no safety feature that prevent this from happening when someone is sitting in the seat. It’s convinient that you can move the seat up when a car seat is in place in the second row, but not at the expense of a child’s safety. We have contacted VW and set some things in motion, but no immediate resolution. Has anyone else experienced this?
 

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Wow that must have been a horrifying experience. Glad to hear that your kid was okay. Maybe there is some sort of childproof lock/cover that can be bought for that latch.
 

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Today my 5 year old was riding in the 3rd row behind my 3 year old. Both in boosters/car seats. As 5 year olds do she was playing with any thing she could in the third row and pulled the lever on the seat in front of her that pivots the second row seat forward to get out. To my wife and my horror, the seat unlatched and the spring action tossed my 3 year old in his car seat forward, crashing his head into the driver’s side front seat. The car was in motion when this happened and had to find a quick opportunity to over and assess the situation. Bumps and brusies, but seems he was ok. I can’t believe that there is no safety feature that prevent this from happening when someone is sitting in the seat. It’s convinient that you can move the seat up when a car seat is in place in the second row, but not at the expense of a child’s safety. We have contacted VW and set some things in motion, but no immediate resolution. Has anyone else experienced this?
Hi - curious what the outcome was - I had a very similar experience this week after only having a brand new atlas for two weeks
 

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At some point you are responsible for 1) ensuring that the second row is locked in-pace and 2) that children aren't monkeying with the latch/lever. So many 3-row SUVs have a similar mechanism I wonder if this is an issue with any other brands/models? There has to be some way that the passenger in the third row can unlatch the seat to get out so whether it's this design or another, there would always be a way for someone to do this. More interesting to me are the stories of the child rear-facing using their foot to unlatch the seat - that lever is possibly facing the wrong direction in terms of preventing that particular issue.
 

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Yes, this happens in many and can likely happen in All 3rd row vehicles. It will continue until there are regulations in place that either make it harder to or prohibit the 2nd row from tipping while the vehicle is in motion.
 
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