Can you put a car seat in a crew cab truck?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

Based on my personal experience, I can say that it is possible to put a car seat in a crew cab truck. However, there are certain considerations and limitations to keep in mind.

One important factor to consider is the size and design of the back seats in the truck. As mentioned earlier, some trucks have shorter seat pans in order to save space. This means that the base of the seat might not fully support the car seat, which can compromise its safety.

To ensure proper installation and safety, it is generally recommended that at least 80% of the car seat’s base is supported by the seat. This means that if the seat pan is too short, it might not provide enough support for the car seat.

It is essential to consult the manual of your specific car seat to determine its requirements for installation. Some car seats may allow for no overhang at all, while others may have specific guidelines for installation in trucks with shorter seat pans.

If your car seat allows for some overhang, you can consider using a pool noodle or a rolled-up towel to fill the gap between the car seat and the seat pan. This can help provide additional support and ensure a secure installation. However, it is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for using any additional padding or support.

In addition to the seat pan length, it is also important to consider the seat belt configuration in the back seats of the truck. Make sure that the seat belts are compatible with the car seat’s installation method, whether it is a seat belt or LATCH system.

It is worth noting that crew cab trucks typically have more spacious back seats compared to regular cab or extended cab trucks. This can provide more room to properly install a car seat and ensure a secure fit.

While it is possible to put a car seat in a crew cab truck, it is essential to consider the seat pan length and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation. Ensure that the car seat’s base is properly supported and that the seat belts are compatible. If in doubt, consult with a certified child passenger safety technician for assistance in installing the car seat correctly in your truck.