Babies: 3 - 6 Months

For those with trucks

We have a extend cab, 4-door truck right now, but are thinking of selling it to get rid of the car payment and get an older used truck.  Many of them have a backseat, but aren't true "4-door" trucks.  I was wondering how well the carseat would fit in one.  Also, this might be a stupid question, but can babies rid in trucks that are only 2-doors?

Re: For those with trucks

  • kmc84kmc84
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    We have an extended cab with 4 doors. We have a britax b safe in the middle. Rear facing seats will not fit behind either seat.

    I think a two door truck can probably only take a car seat in the passenger seat with airbags turned off. I would avoid this at all costs though.
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  • Yes, I don't want a 2-door, but my husband keeps seeing old trucks he likes with them.  We have the britax as well, so that's good to know.
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    I also have a crew cab 4 door truck I just got a week ago and never even tried the car seat behind the seats. I wanted to but DH installed the base at the dealership and I didn't even know it, but it works.

    DH has an extended cab but more of the third door type, not true four doors like mine. We can't fit the car seat behind the seats in his and it's even a little tight in the middle. I like it though because it's easy for me to reach in the car seat if I need to for whatever reason.

    I agree, I wouldn't go 2 door either.

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  • We've got a regular cab and DD can ride in it as long as the airbag is TURNED OFF. The only real issue with trucks is that the child is right up to the body of the vehicle while they are safest in the middle most seat of a big vehicle.
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  • From carseat.org

    Can I put my child in the front seat of a pickup truck?

    Many pickup trucks have back seats that are too small for child safety seats. Researchers at the Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia have found that the risk of injury to children riding in the back seat of a compact extended-cab pickup truck is five times higher than when riding in any other vehicle. Injuries appear to be caused by hitting the inside of the pickup.

    If you have a larger pickup with a back seat that faces the front of the truck, a safety seat may be installed there if the truck?s manual recommends it and the safety seat?s base is supported by the truck seat cushion. Check the instruction booklet, since manufacturers require that 80-100% of the base be touching the vehicle seat. You can reduce the risk of injury for forward-facing children by tethering the safety seat. Using a top tether can greatly reduce the chance of a child?s head striking the interior of the pickup. Installation of a safety seat on a side-facing jump seat is not allowed by any child restraint manufacturer.

    If you must install a safety seat in the front seat of a pickup truck, make sure the air bag is turned off, either with an on/off switch or with an automatic sensor (check indicator light). Some passenger air bags will expand to cover the center seating position, so installing a safety seat in that location may be dangerous to your child. Check the vehicle owner?s manual to find out where child safety seats may be installed. Installing a safety seat in the front seat of any vehicle increases the risk of death to your child by more than 30%, so a pickup truck without a back seat is not the safest choice for transporting a child.

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