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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)
All listed allow a European seat belt routing path, which enables a quick and easy installation without the base. All listed have max weight limits of 32 lbs or more.
These go rear-facing AND forward-facing.
Toddler rear-facing in Combi Coccoro
- Combi Coccoro. Rear-facing to 33 lbs, forward-facing to 40 lbs. Lightweight (11lbs). Fits on Baby Trend Snap ‘n Go EX and Mountain Buggy Nano strollers. Built-in locking clips for easy installation.
- Lily Gold Sit ‘n Stroll. Not recommended due to difficulty of installation.
- IMMI Go
Car Seat Lady Emily in UberFAMILY in NYC with her son using the IMMI Go and daughter using the Safety 1st Boostapak
- 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.
3y/o in IMMI Go using UberFamily
- Available in NYC, Philadelphia, and DC
- 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.
- Watch how to secure a child in the IMMI Go (the straps tighten differently than other car seats – they work like a race car driver’s harness).
- See Combi Coccoro, above.
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.
8y/o on Bubble Bum
- BubbleBum. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Best Bet! Inflatable, made of life-raft material and very durable. Weighs 1 lb, is very comfortable, and most importantly positions seat belt optimally. Easy to use. For kids 40 to 100 lbs.
- 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).
- Safety 1st BoostApak. It’s a booster AND a backpack with plenty of room inside for your child’s things. For kids 40 to 80 lbs.
- Safe Traffic Systems Ride 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!