Spoke with ford they said no
Disappointed middle seat is horrible design no way a normal person can sit comfortably
My recommendation when buying 7 seater take 7 people with you so you can test all seats
Once you take out the obvious things like turning off the air bag it is all just simple statistics. You are more likely to survive or not be injured in the back seat this study shows that you are 29% more likely to survive a crash in the back seat and being in the middle of the back seat gives you another 25% boost over that.
This kind of makes sense if ...
There are more violent front and front/first half collisions than from rear
The engines are usually front mounted, on violent collision it may shift towards inside the car
The windshield, even with modern technology, can get pieces into the car. They are designed to not to shatter, but they break and they can displace towards inside.
In a case ...
The Joie Stages car seat is certified for use in front passenger and both rear outside seats of the Volvo S60, S80, V40 and V70. Information from the manufacturer is given here.
This seat is just one of many examples of a seat certified for use in such a way across the UK and EU. They give the specific guidance that the rear seats ought to be given ...