uberFAMILY is where some Uber vehicles have a car seat.
The Car Seat Lady designed and implemented uberFAMILY in NYC, Philadelphia and DC – from its inception in April 2014 until June 2016. Starting late June 2016 a new company has taken over the program and we do not know how they will be training the drivers. We have NOT been involved in any part of uberFAMILY in other parts of the US or around the world – and can not recommend their use as we don’t know how or if any of the drivers were trained in proper installation.
In all NYC, Philly & DC, uberFAMILY offers 1 forward-facing 5-point-harness car seat per vehicle.
Every vehicle has the same seat – the IMMI Go. The Car Seat Lady has trained every driver in the proper installation of the seat – and the driver will install the seat. If you are curious about the installation process, see the videos here.
In Philadelphia, there are also 2 BubbleBum booster seats per vehicle.
You will be responsible for buckling your child into the IMMI Go or the BubbleBum.
Note: As of August 2015, uberFAMILY is also in Bucharest, Romania and Warsaw, Poland. The Car Seat Lady has NOT been involved with the development or implementation of uberFAMILY in either of these European cities. We have not trained any of these drivers (and are not sure if the Bucharest drivers received any training). These European cities are not using the IMMI Go.
The straps on the IMMI Go tighten differently than any other car seat – so please watch this video BEFORE your first ride. We have trained every driver in how to secure a child properly in the seat – so if they see you struggling or doing something wrong they will offer assistance so that your child rides as safely as possible.
When you arrive, the seat should be set for the largest child – with the head rest & shoulder guides all the way up, and the harness straps all the way loose. In case the driver forgets, we show these 3 steps in the beginning of the following video – which then continues on to show how to buckle your child in the IMMI Go.
To ride in the IMMI Go, a child MUST be AT LEAST:
A child is TOO BIG for the IMMI Go when they are:
48 pounds OR
52 inches OR
their shoulders touch the shoulder guides (when the guides are up all the way)
Remember, the Bubble Bum is only available in Philadelphia (not NYC or DC).
The BubbleBum works differently than other boosters in that it uses red metal belt guides instead of arm rests to keep the lap belt properly positioned on the child’s hip bones. Please watch this video BEFORE your first ride. We have trained every driver in how to secure a child properly in the seat – so if they see you struggling or doing something wrong they will offer assistance so that your child rides as safely as possible.
To ride in the BubbleBum, a child MUST be AT LEAST:
A child is TOO BIG for the BubbleBum when they are:
100 pounds OR
57 inches OR
the top of their ears is above the top of the vehicle’s seat back
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations are that kids remain rear-facing until AT LEAST 24 months, and hopefully longer. Studies show that rear-facing is 5 times safer than forward-facing and nearly eliminates the chance of brain and spinal cord injuries. We practice what we preach – we keep our own kids rear-facing as long as possible.
HOWEVER, we know that most parents don’t/won’t bring a car seat for a toddler or school age child into an Uber or taxi… which leaves most kids riding at tremendous risk as they’re typically held on a parent’s lap, belted in with a parent, or worn in a front carrier. None of these methods offers the child any protection – and surprisingly wearing the child or belting them in with you makes a really bad situation even worse.
Knowing that a car seat is ALWAYS better than no car seat, we feel it is best to allow the use of the Go within the range specified by the manufacturer (12 months + 22 pounds + 31 inches) so that more kids are riding restrained.
Kids who are too small for the IMMI Go need to ride in a rear-facing car seat. Do NOT wear your child or hold them on your lap in a taxi! While any rear-facing seat can go in an Uber, some will work better than others. For safety, you’ll want a car seat that can be installed easily and securely without its base (as you don’t want to be schlepping along the base). For convenience, you’ll want the car seat to fit onto a stroller so that you aren’t stuck carrying the car seat when you get out of the Uber. Check out our car seat – stroller compatibility chart here.
Here are some seats The Car Seat Lady thinks are particularly great for Uber & other types of travel as the carriers install easily and securely without their base:
All seats listed below allow a European seat belt routing path, which enables a quick and easy installation without the base. All listed have max weight limits of 30 lbs or more.
If your child is too big for these infant seats (typically they’re outgrown around 12 months of age), we would love for you to keep your child rear-facing longer in ubers & taxis using the Combi Coccoro.
Goes rear-facing AND forward-facing.
Kids who are too big for the IMMI Go need a booster seat to keep the seat belt safely and properly positioned on their hip, chest, and collar bones.
The lap belt needs to rest on the top of the thighs, so that the crash forces are applied to the strong hip bones; if the lap belt is on the belly, it can cause serious injuries to the liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, bladder, and spinal cord. It surprises most parents to learn that it is the lap belt that hurts kids if not properly positioned.
A shoulder belt that rubs a child’s neck is uncomfortable, but surprisingly not dangerous in a crash (despite popular opinion). What is very dangerous is putting the shoulder belt behind the child’s back or under the child’s arm – this removes all protection for the child’s head, neck, and chest and even increases the chance of abdominal injuries too. The shoulder belt should rest comfortably between the child’s shoulder and neck.
If you are using uberFAMILY in Philadelphia, each vehicle has 2 BubbleBum boosters, in addition to 1 IMMI Go car seat. If you are using uberFAMILY in NYC or DC, you will need to bring a booster for your child.
While any booster seat can go in an Uber, some are more travel friendly than others.
The Car Seat Lady likes these boosters for their portability:
In NYC, select “uberX” with the sliding circular car at the bottom of the screen, and then swipe to the left to select “Car Seat”.
In Philadelphia, select “BLACK CAR” or “SUV” with the sliding circular car at the bottom of the screen, and then slide to the left to select “BLACK CAR + Car Seat” or “SUV + CAR Seat”.
In DC, select “uberX or “BLACK CAR” with the sliding circular car at the bottom of the screen, and then slide to the left to select “uberX + Car Seat” or “BLACK CAR + Car Seat” or “SUV + Car Seat”.
To learn more about UberFAMILY head to: https://blog.uber.com/uberfamily