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Taxi and Travel Friendly Car Seats and Boosters
Studies show that NYC taxi passengers are 2.5 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than the passengers in the private vehicle involved in the crash. Accidents happen–but you can prevent injuries. Have NO REGRETS; protect your children. Make sure that quick taxi ride to school or a playdate doesn’t send your child to the hospital.
NEVER let anyone ride UNrestrained. A seat belt is ALWAYS better than nothing.
NEVER buckle two people in one seat belt. Things in a crash weigh their weight times the speed of a crash. An adult will weigh several thousand pounds, crushing a child sitting on their lap or carried on their chest.
NEVER put the shoulder belt behind the child’s back or under the arm. This removes all head & chest protection.
NEVER forget your own seat belt. Restrained passengers are 3 times MORE likely to die if one person in the car is not restrained, as the unrestrained person becomes a human missile.
Emily & her son in a taxi (Graco Snug Ride 35 Classic Connect)
A European seat belt routing path enables an easy AND secure installation without the base in virtually any vehicle. All seats listed below have a European belt path AND have max weight limits of 30 lbs or more.
Lily GoldSit ‘n Stroll. Not recommended due to difficulty of installation and inability to achieve a secure installation rear or forward-facing in most vehicles.
Car Seat Lady Emily in UberFAMILY in NYC with her son using the IMMI Go and daughter using the Safety 1st Boostapak (no longer made in US)
Forward-facing-only with a 5-point harness up to 55 pounds (48 pounds in uberFAMILY due to lower anchor weight limit restrictions in older Ford vehicles). Installs with LATCH (lower anchors AND top tether) in under 90 seconds. Weighs 10 pounds and fits in its own travel bag. Note: it can not be used on the plane as planes don’t have tether anchors – but it does fit nicely in the overhead bin. To buy an IMMI Go, click here. For videos and tips on installing and using the Go, click here.
Provides one IMMI Go for an additional surcharge of $10/ride (surcharge increases with surge pricing)
The IMMI Go is forward-facing-only and can be used for a child who is at least 12 months, 22 pounds AND 31 inches – until a child is either 48 pounds OR 52 inches OR their shoulders are at the top of the shoulder guides (typically around age 6-8).
While we would like to see all kids rear-facing until at least age 2, we realize that most toddlers are riding in taxis without any car seat… and a forward-facing car seat is much better than no car seat.
Most kids need a booster seat until ages 10 to 12. Big kids are 55% safer in a booster compared to just the seat belt. Boosters keep the seat belt properly positioned over a child’s strong hip bones. Best of all, boosters do not require any installation. All boosters listed pass U.S. crash tests.
uberFAMILY in Philadelphia provides 2 BubbleBums and 1 IMMI Go per vehicle (the $10 surcharge allows you to use 1, 2, or all 3 of the seats provided).
Mifold: A belt positioning device that works like a booster to keep the seat belt on the proper parts of the child’s body, but does not boost the child. We found this product more difficult to use than we would prefer and it didn’t always fit well in the contoured seats of some vehicles. While smaller than the Bubble Bum, we found the Bubble Bum easier.
Safe Traffic SystemsRide Safer Travel Vest: Acts like a booster to keep seat belt properly positioned. Small (30-60lbs), Large (50-80lbs). Strongly recommend using crotch strap to optimize lap belt positioning. Make sure child does not slouch!