[quote="TigerKitty, post:10, topic:192220"]
Good thoughts here......thanks for weighing in. I'm still leaning toward NOT putting the baby in this car. Actually terrified to. We do have a different vehicle.....BUT.....it's a LONG story. (it's a stick, DH doesn't drive stick, it's still in excellent shape, 4wd for the winter, and only 65K miles, paid off so don't want to trade - would have to spend $$$ to get something similar quality in an automatic - and DH told me I'd have to use my own savings, he won't contribute, even though he would be driving - and I'd be buying a new vehicle essentially so he could drive it :shrug: ) Don't really have family around who can advise us on this, so need all the external input we can get.
sounds like DH needs to man up to family life. He needs to a) learn how to drive stick or b) realized that this is a family decision and not make you dip into your savings for a new (used) car.
Driving stick isn't that difficult. I don't yet, but I have a friend who's teaching me the basics...and I don't find it too hard.
As far as saftey...depending on the year mustangs are either dangerous or safe. That much I know. It's no less or more safe if there's a baby inside. Remember, there have been plenty of Minivan, SUV, and 15 passanger van tragedies that had to do with their large size....tragidies that wouldn't of happened with a smaller car.
ALSO. If you are incapable of installing the car seat laws do allow for front seat car installation with a disabled air-bag when back-seat car seat installation is impossible (such as in a pick-up with a bench seat). You'd have to see your town and state laws but this is also a possibility.