Single cab truck and rear facing car seat??

Kristin - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know if it's leagal to put your infant in a single cab truck?

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Gabino - posted on 08/13/2011

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HI IM A NEW DAD !0! IM ABOUT TO GOT PICK UP MY WIFE AT THE HOSPITAL IM WONDERING THE SAME I HAVE A 97 FORD F 150 SINGLE CAB theres a on / off air bag option here in california espeacialy in san diego high way patrol are very picky this is my only transport n i have to pick up my wife & new born baby girl !!!! the nursery told my wife is ilegal ! i dont think so i seen trucks wht baby on board car seat on front , i wish i cant talk to someone who really knows whats up..or where to call & ask .

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2011

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I have a truck. dodge dakota. we cannot afford ne thing else. and that's the way it is. both my kids go with me. and sometimes I have to come back for my husband. that's just the way it is. there is no airbag. and the visor thing that says don't put kid in front. is because of the AIRBAG. if the airbag is on it can push the child into the seat and suffocate them. it's legal as long as they are secured right : )

Christin - posted on 10/11/2009

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It is legal, just do not put it in front of an active air bag. Also you can go to car-safety.org and ask your question. there are a lot of techs there and people willing to help you with any and all car seat related questions. also check out these videos on rear facing past a year.

Personally both my kiddos are still Rear facing

Katherine - posted on 10/11/2009

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This is what I found, and really it's helpful:
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No, you're not going to get a ticket. Pickup trucks are notoriously unsafe, so if there's another way to transport your baby, I would. However, if that's all you've got you'll have to work with it.

In cars you want to put baby seats in the back, but intrucks they are actually safer in the front, as long as the airbag is shut off. This is b/c in the back they are so close to the rear windshield. Just make sure you keep your baby rear facing AS LONG AS POSSIBLE! Turning kids forward at 20lbs/1year is an outdated practice that could cost you your child's life! American Academy of Pediatrics says to keep kids rear facing to the limit of their convertible car seat. All current models go to at least 30lbs, many higher.

A forward-facing child under 2 years old is 4 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash than a rear-facing child of the same age. A child's vertabrae do not fully fuse until 3-6 years old, before then, she is at great risk for internal decapitation. The spinal column can stretch up to 2 inches in a crash BUT the spinal cord can only stretch up to 1/4 inch before it snaps and baby is gone.

In the age of the internet its amazing so much misinformation exists! Please please do not listen to people telling you to turn your child forward facing 'at your judgement' or when her legs touch the seat. In truth, most children LIKE resting their feet on the back of the seat in front of them. Check out this photo album exclusively of rear facing kids, many of them much older than 12 months: http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbum… It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (see sources) that ALL babies stay rear facing as long as possible, up to the weight/height limits of their seat. Most seats go to 30lbs rear facing, some go higher, check your manual. They are too tall for an infant carrier when the head is within an inch of the top of the shell. Too tall for most convertible seats when their ears reach the top of the seat. Has nothing to do with how long their legs are! There isn't a single documented case of a child breaking their legs b/c they were rear facing in an accident. There are, however, lots of cases where children have been killed and seriously injured where a rear facing seat would have protected them better. They are safest rear facing b/c their bones have not yet completed the ossification process that bonds/hardens them like adults. They need the bracing support that a rear facing seat offers to withstand a crash. 20lbs AND 1 year is the bare minimum as far as the law is concerned, but the law is the bare minimum of safety, and who wants to do the bare minimum for their child?
Source(s):
WHY REAR FACING:
http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi
http://www.windsorpeak.com/dc/dcboard.ph
http://www.carseat.org/Resources/633.pdf
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrea
http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbum
http://www.thecarseatlady.com/car_seats/
http://myangelsaliandpeanut.tripod.com/i
http://momtoaliandshae.tripod.com/keepin
http://www.aap.org/family/carseatguide.h
http://www.aap.org/family/1to2yrs.htm
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/tra

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9916868
http://www.carseatsite.com/rear-face_art

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Julie - posted on 10/11/2009

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I would have to say that in most states it's probably legal. I actually had my carseat installed by the fire dept by someone who is trained to do it. I had it put in my Dodge Dakota and the inspector didnt say anything about it. I had the airbag turned OFF, so that wasnt a problem. I did, however, have a lady stop me at the store and tell me how horrible I was for doing it. I told her to mind her own business. I would definatly take it to the police or fire station to have it properly installed, just to be extra safe :) I hope this helps. Oh, and I've taken it on long trips with my son beside me and I loved it! It was so nice to have him right there!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/18/2014

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Excuse me, but Mr. James, you are NOT a mother, you are NOT welcome to bash other posters on a MOTHER'S website.

Find a website for asshole men, and you'll fit right in.

Being - posted on 04/17/2014

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CA LAW:
California Law will require children to ride in the back seat in a properly secured child passenger safety restraint until they are at least 8 years old or until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches in height.


Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the law revised?
Children are at greater risk when riding in the front seat. A child's injury risk is reduced by 33% when moved from the front seat to the back seat.

Are there exemptions?
Yes, there are a few. Your child may ride in the front seat if:
Your vehicle has no rear seats.
Rear seats are side-facing jump seats.
Child safety restraints must never be placed on side-facing vehicle seats.
The child restraint system cannot be properly installed in the rear seat.
For example, your vehicle has lap belts only in the back seat, but there are lap and shoulder belts in the front seat. Your child is 5 and weighs 45 pounds and must ride in a booster seat. The booster seat must be used with a lap and shoulder belt; therefore your child may ride in the front seat.
Children under age 12 occupy all rear seats.
Medical reason (written by the pediatrician) requires that child not be restrained in the back seat. All children are safer in the back seat, ask another adult to ride with the child in the back.

Being - posted on 04/17/2014

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California Law will require children to ride in the back seat in a properly secured child passenger safety restraint until they are at least 8 years old or until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches in height.


Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the law revised?
Children are at greater risk when riding in the front seat. A child's injury risk is reduced by 33% when moved from the front seat to the back seat.

Are there exemptions?
Yes, there are a few. Your child may ride in the front seat if:
Your vehicle has no rear seats.
Rear seats are side-facing jump seats.
Child safety restraints must never be placed on side-facing vehicle seats.
The child restraint system cannot be properly installed in the rear seat.
For example, your vehicle has lap belts only in the back seat, but there are lap and shoulder belts in the front seat. Your child is 5 and weighs 45 pounds and must ride in a booster seat. The booster seat must be used with a lap and shoulder belt; therefore your child may ride in the front seat.
Children under age 12 occupy all rear seats.
Medical reason (written by the pediatrician) requires that child not be restrained in the back seat. All children are safer in the back seat, ask another adult to ride with the child in the back.

Tara - posted on 10/11/2009

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Sounds like its time to buy a family friendly vehicle. The safety of your precious package will be well worth it.

Rosemary - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had a Chevy s-10 2 seater. If your vech is only a 2 seater, then yes it is legal. The law can't mandate you put a child in the 'back seat if you only have a front. You need to make sure it is securely fastened, and if the vechicle is equiped with a shut off -turn off the air bag. My Son was just an infant and he rode quite safely in the s-1o til he was about 4, then I got a bigger truck with an ext cab....

Iysha - posted on 10/11/2009

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It is legal, but not recommended. I have a Ford Ranger and don't put my baby in it. I'm too scared to.

Lyndsay - posted on 10/11/2009

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I'm pretty sure its not legal, and it definitely is not safe. I totally would not recommend that. I don't know where you live but here in Canada there are stickers on the visors in the front seats specifically saying DO NOT put rear facing car seats in the front.

Abbie - posted on 10/11/2009

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You can call your states dept of transportation or your state patrol. they can advice you properly, but I believe as long as you have the air bag shut off its ok.

Jennifer - posted on 10/11/2009

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idk if its leagal but that doesnt sond safe... i would have to guess absolutly not...small children period cant sit in the front seat so i dont imagin that a single cab truck would be any different...

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