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How well do child seats fit into extra cabs?

bigbayoubigbayou Posts: 7
edited March 5 in Toyota
After a series of cars, I'm in the market for a pickup with an extra cab. The problem is that, despite all of that bed space, I don't see putting my future infant back there while we ride around up in the cab...

My truck isn't likely to be our main family vehicle (our Jetta will be the Beast of Burden), but I'm wondering whether or not anyone has had much (any) success with putting baby seat in the back of a pickup's extendend cab. Right now, it looks like the Toyota Tacoma is the leading contender, but if anyone has any pointers, feedback, advice, or commentary on babies and trucks (how to safely fit the former into the latter), I'd sure like to hear from you.




  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I would never consider placing a child seat in a mini truck's rear seat. Room would be inadequate. For validation, take the seat and try to place it in the Tacoma. That way you'll know for sure.
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    in a chevy or ford problem..
    in the tundra you'll be in for a real tight squeeze. in a tacoma ext. cab, i wouldn't even bother.
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    i had the tacoma, and while IMO it is the best mini truck out there, it is not the one for putting a child seat in. the dodge Dakota would be a better choice next to the chevy and ford fullsize trucks.
  • Well, it looks like I've got my work cut out for me. It's clear to me that nobody has much positive to say about the usefulness of extracab pickups for child seats. What's bothering me is what's advertised as child seat "tethers" that are built into many extra cabs. If child seats don't fit under normal circumstances, what's the purpose of advertising them? I know that you all aren't lying, but it seems dishonest of auto manufacturers to claim this capability when it's not supported by common users.

    It looks like my wife will be riding in the back (of the bed).

    Just kidding. There's a goldmine of situations that just beg to be exploited as wife joke fodder. I'm gonna have to figure out the safest way to get my family around for these few situations when we'll all be in my truck and when the little ones are still really little.

    Thanks for all the pointers so far,

  • We have a 01 chev silverado excab and the baby seat fits real good in the back seat as long as we put it on the out side it will not fit back of the center seat in the middle. On the drivers side I have to pull the seat up some also so it either sits on the passenger seat in front with the air bag off or in the back seat pass side. I personally don't like to have a baby in back where I can't see them with out pulling off the road.
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    about the me, it's a fine truck, but it's not an easy one to mount a child seat. do like oby sez and go try to put one in there and judge for yourself. we both own fullsize rados, so anything smaller just looks like a hassle to me. as far as manufacuters and false advertising goes.....well, let's just say that at least one i can think of, specs ground clearance to be a whopping 3" more, even though it's not. just like the car seat in the tacoma, sure you can get it in there, but they don't tell you what a hassle it is.
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    can't get the seat in the middle.......hmmm, i have a '00 and '01 rado (both ext. cabs) and have no problem getting a seat installed in the middle. what kinda seat you got?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Ditto on the child seat in the middle. I have mine in the middle of my '00 Silverado ext cab as it is the safest for the child. She has no problems getting in or out and the clearance from her legs to the center console appears more than adequate. Don't have any problems on the center position for the Denali either.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    my opinion was based on the safety of the child being the first priority. Getting the child seat to fit may or may not be an issue. I just felt that a small truck would offer less protection than a full size. Especially with the rear cab portion being extremely small.
  • The seat that we are using is a Gerry and the kid is only 6 mounths old so we put it in facing backwards. the problem we have is the hood has to be up to get it in there. I have not tried it facing forward but it looks like it would fit better that way with the kids feet down on the lower part of the middle seat. Yes I agree that it is safer to be in the back seat but my wife and I both have had him choke so we have to keep our eyes on him may not make sense to all but we feel that is best in this instance. [he is a special needs child]
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    on both my Tacoma and Tundra...

    Wouldnt even try it on the Tacoma!

    Tight squeeze on the Tundra.

    Again it was the first and last experience... I am single and I have no kids... happen to have to do it when my friend and his baby needed a ride.
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    When I bought my new ext-cab truck last year, I had 2 very important requirements.
    1. The truck would fit into my garage.
    2. The truck would seat 4 adults and my 2 children (1 year old and a 4 year old) comfortably.

    After looking at many models, I bought a 2001 Silverado ext-cab Z-71.
    Infant seats, toddler seats, or booster seats fit very well in the rear seat of the truck (lots of room), and an adult can still sit comfortably in between them (usually it's my mother-in-law).
    The rear seat belts fit great into the child seats and if you pull the side rear seat belts all of the way out and then retract it, it has this ratcheting effect. And this is great when you want to really cinch down on the child seat to properly secure that child seat to the rear seat.
    Also, the "female" part of the seat belt DOES NOT come up too high and cause interference problems when the two seat belts parts are mated together and then interfere with the slots of the child seats where the seat belt normally bends and fits through it.

    Anyway, I have no regrets with my purchase, I have no problems with putting infant, toddler, or booster seats in my truck's rear seat, and I have no concerns what-so-ever with the safety of my riders (adults or my children).

  • 2t1a2t1a Posts: 7
    We have a Tacoma. While a child seat will fit in the back (why we picked Tacoma over others), your child may be traumatized so badly (s)he will grow up to become an actor and write a memoir exposing this singular cruelty and highlight it as the root cause of his/her heroin addiction. Only do this to children of neighbors you wish never to speak with again.
    Not only is the position cramped in the extreme, it is so far below the windows, it's a pit. Believe me. I've spent more time back there than the child seat.
  • Thanks to everyone for all the information. This is THE place for good tips from good folks.

  • I have an 01 Dakota CC with a toddler seat in the back center position. It fits okay but my 3 year old grandaughter has a hard time finding a comfortable place for her legs as they straddle the back of the console. The console is fixed in place as the front seats are buckets. Should be okay for a smaller child. Plenty of room on both sides for an adult to sit with the child If the adult isn't too tall!!!!!
  • I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to get 2 child seats into my '95 Ranger extended cab. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. One child seat fits in the passenger seat (after disabling the air bag) but I'm not sure if there is a place for the second seat. Has anyone heard of a way to do this?
    Thank you.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    suicide seats in the rear? If so, why would you want to try and put a child seat back there? With the name given to those seats, I know I couldn't.
  • Yes. The Ranger has suicide seats and yes they are not appropriate for car seats. I've talked to Ford about this and they don't recommend putting child seats in the Ranger at all since there are no restraint tabs available to secure a child seat properly.
    I'm wondering if any of the after market companies have come up with a device that can be mounted in back of the cab and can have child seats attached to it.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    with such a device would exceed any profit potential therefore making its development highly unlikely.
  • Good point. I imagine I'm not going to find a solution for the Ranger. Time for a new truck!
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