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Hi i am new to this site so please bear with me if i do things wrong. I have a kia sedona 7 seats which from front to back go 2 2 3 (bench) does any one no if i can take out the middle two seats and replace them with a 3 seater bench making it a 8 seater. I am a childminder and need 8 seats but i really dont want to change my car.
 

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Changing the car from a 7 to 8 seater would probably affect the car in many ways that it was never designed to handle. Should you make it unsafe the police and insurance would be none to happy after an accident. Seatbelts spring to mind immediately, there will be no mounts built into the car for a centre belt if its only designed for 2 people and simply putting another belt in is not acceptable. How would parents react if they found the car their kids were being transported in had been illegally modified plus how would OFSTED react. Buy an 8 seater if you need one for safeties sake, remember that the pre 2006 Sedona is only a 2* car to begin with.
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I wont even begin to tell you how cross your reply made me . What sort of idiot do you take me for. i was ASKING a question hoping someone with more knowledge than myself might know the answer. Childrens safetly is paramount which is why i asked, Ifi was a complete waste of space i could have just bodged it and broken the law.If its not possible thats fine but if the solution was out there without changing cars that would be my first choice.
 

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Apologies if my reply upset you but having been involved in the management of transport for young adults(my wife wasinvolvedwith the management of transportfor adults with learning disabilities)I know how strict the rules are and what the penalties are should things go wrong.
It amazes me that people ask on a forum about issues like this rather than going to a specialist company that knows the law and what can and cannot be done. What would you have done if 10 people had said go ahead, you will be OK and 5 people said don't, its dangerous, would you have taken the majority view.

Better to be cross than risk the safety of others.

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The sensible answer on the other thread recommends being very careful before doing anything. Worries me that other just go ahead and modify the seating with no consideration to safety. Its 2 to1 to just do it at the moment with another one to try it, very worrying what is actually out there.
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