My husband and I were about to buy a 2014 Subaru Forester, because of its great visibility and safety ratings, as well as handling in the snow and relatively good mileage. (We live in New England and have a toddler.) It recently came to our attention that the owner's manual(http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/71914/pdf/ownerManual/071914_2014_Forester/MSA5M1403BrevSTIS_7.pdf
) strongly recommends installation of the carseat on either side but not the middle. Our understanding is that the middle is the safest place for a child to ride. Does anyone know why they make this recommendation? (The manual is not very clear and perhaps not fully transparent....) Is it better to have a child in a carseat on the side in a car with a top safety rating or in the middle in a perhaps slightly less safe car? Other thoughts? Thank you!