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10/16/2002
21:19:47

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oh man I'm concerned, so i've been hunting down a truck for 5 weeks now and finally found a 98 cc that I LOVE for a great price, one owner, great miles etc. right.... Well i've been going under the assumption that I need to get the cc for my first child which will be born dec. 30, I figured your not supposed to put the seat in front these days so I would need a club cab for him to be behind me and be safe right ... well, I just read that only in 2000 did they have the lower anchors and upper tethers for child seats in the back of the club cab. So am I screwed? .. Do you think dodge offers tethers for this truck? ... I also read that I could have him upfront in a rear facing seat but then my poor wife would have to sit in back. My wife also tells me that for the first year or so he will NEED to be in a rearward facing seat because his neck will not be stong enough to deal with inertia which makes sense but does dodge install the anchors on a 98, and will it be safe for a rearward facing seat? .. Anyone know?

Thanks a ton!
-mike



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10/16/2002
21:38:50

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My wife and I have a 8 month old. We won't be using the tethers until She is over a year and facing forward. We had a travel system and the base was anchored by the Shoulder/lap belt. Now she is in a convertable infant car seat. That is also fastened by the seatbelt. Read the manuals that come with your car seat for more info and go ahead and buy the truck!



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10/17/2002
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We have a 2 year old and a 5 month old. Since my wife doesn't like driving my truck since I added the bigger tires and lift, she drives her Ford, and I just started being a stay at home dad, I just ran into the same problem.

For the 5 month old, he is in the travel system with base. I found that there was not enough room in the CC area to put him back there facing rearwards. So after scratching my head for awhile, I finally put my daughter's car seat in the middle of the CC area facing forwards, and put him in the front passenger seat facing rearwards. I took out the fuse to the air bag, since my truck is a 97 and doesn't have the quick disconnecting air bag.

As soon as our 5 month old reaches a year old, I'm putting him in the CC area and moving my 2 year old to the front seat. I take her to Mother's day out twice a week, and it is kinda a pain getting her out of the back in a hurry. The school's policy is that they get the child out each morning and put them back in the seat when you pick them up. My daughter likes going to school, so she doesn't get fussy when I turn over to a teacher like some kids do.



Renee
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7/28/2010
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We have a Dodge Dakot Club Cab with bucket seats and a a 4 month old that needs to be in a rear facing car seat. We have tried the seat many different ways, the one that seems to work the best is to put the cat seat in the middle in the back. There is no bench, but the car seat fit's with the base touching and we can cross the seat belts over to secure it in place. The seat is very secure and does not move.
As this is the only vehical we can use to pull our trailer I am very conserned if this is legal or not. We would like to plan a trip that takes 3 hours and the back seat does not fit a adult very easily and if we put our little one on either side the front seat is almost at the dash board.
Would anyone be able to give some advice?



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7/23/2011
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That saves me. Thanks for being so snesible!



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1/21/2012
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Wow. All of the "solutions" mentioned above are horribly
unsafe and many ARE illegal. I am praying for all these poor
children hoping nothing awful happens to them. Good God.



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2/01/2012
20:35:38

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I had a 2000 CC when my daughter was born and the child safety seat we had fit perfectly in the back between the 2 front seats. It was rear facing and had the separate base that got strapped down and the seat clipped into it. When the seat was clipped into place, it was loosely wedged between the 2 front seats and the rear seat providing additional support. It was my only option and when we had a fellow firefighter friend (& mother too) check it out, she said it looked fine and wouldn't be any more dangerous than anywhere else in the vehicle.



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2/02/2012
10:26:15

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These vehicles can accommodate child seats safely. We have a 92 Dak club cab, and we put the rear-facing Graco seat with the fixed base and removable carrier in the middle rear. The lap belt secured it properly and safely, and it was wedged between the rear of the armrest and the rear cab cushion back, which is rigid from the rear wall of the cab. Shaking the seat as violently as I could only resulted in the entire truck rocking, and the seat not moving at all. We also moved up to the forward-facing seat in the rear middle position, and the lap belt held it securely, and the seat could not pitch forward or back at all, due to the rear cab wall and the child seat against the cushion being rigid. Now my daughter is 6 and has the booster cushion, which uses the truck's lap/shoulder belt.



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