Best convertible for SMALL extended cab CANADA

canadianmom2three

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Been a long time since I was on this site for my own kids, but I'm now a grandma to a sweet 9 month old little guy. We went to install the convertible in my son's truck this weekend and found that it specifically says it cannot be used in compact extended cab pick up trucks. Is this common? The truck used to be my DH and I recall using it with a few RF seats, most recently the RF radian. Although it was a PITA to get it to fit, I don't recall anything about it not being allowed. On the hunt for a new seat, ideally something extremely safe for RF in that small space with the window right there, and also because my son (baby dad) is a fairly new driver. Would be ideal if it is also extremely easy to use and my son will consider cool to use RF. This may sound vain, but he was so pleased about the look of the current seat, and doesn't like seats that look 'fussy' to use his words. We live in a small town in Canada, so we are kind of limited.... TIA!!! Oh - the truck is a 2001 Toyota Tundra, really small extended cab with the suicide-style doors, the baby is almost 10 months, and about 25 lbs.
 
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1mommy

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Does the truck have an airbag off switch? Not a sensor but an actual key off switch for the front passenger? My hubby had a 1998 Toyota Tacoma that had one and we ended up putting DS1 in the front passenger seat.
 

canadianmom2three

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Yes, the passenger air bag can be keyed off. I guess I thought that should be the last option, was hoping for rear middle. Do you think the front passenger is safer because it is away from the rear window (which just seems so big and right there in the RF baby's face!)? Also, DS also often drives with a passenger (which is often me or DH), so I would think it would be kind of limiting that way because the rear seat is basically un-usable for adults it's so tiny back there!!

I also noticed the seat in question is one you have - the True Fit Premier - love this seat otherwise!!
 

Keeanh

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The smallest RF seat is probably the Scenera Next from Walmart. You may have to order it online, but you should be able to return in store if it doesn't work (I would double-check that, though!). It will last to 40lbs / 40". The Graco Contender from Canadian Tire is fairly compact too. But I would try the NEXT first.
 

1mommy

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Most seats forbid being installed on a flip down seat, the type that a lot of small trucks have (and that our truck had) so be sure to read the manual. It was a bit uncomfortable sitting in the back but we avoided it unless for short trip, but it was also nice in a way being able to look directly at the baby. And my hubby found that in order for him to look out the passenger side mirror we had to have a low profile seat like the Guide 65 or the scenera next. Could your DS uninstall when having passengers and not the baby, and then reinstall afterwords? I don't know how often your DS would need to transport your grandson or other people. I found this article by a car seat expert from Sweden (the country has the leading safety record for children in cars) which helped ease my mind about putting my son up front. The guy that wrote the website is actually a member here too. http://www.carseat.se/rearfacing/position-in-vehicle/front-seat-safety/
 
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Keeanh

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The Tundra with suicide doors still has a real back seat, AFAIK. It's not like the Tacoma. We had a 3-door F150 and had several RF seats in it.

I loved having my kids RF in the front seat of our old airbag-less Protege. I have no qualms about RF kids in the front seat. But I don't feel good about putting an RF seat in front of an airbag, even if it's keyed off. The airbag is still there and you're still trusting a switch to keep it from going off.

OP, is this what the seat looks like?

tundra_rear_seat_lg.jpg
 

canadianmom2three

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The Tundra with suicide doors still has a real back seat, AFAIK. It's not like the Tacoma. We had a 3-door F150 and had several RF seats in it.

I loved having my kids RF in the front seat of our old airbag-less Protege. I have no qualms about RF kids in the front seat. But I don't feel good about putting an RF seat in front of an airbag, even if it's keyed off. The airbag is still there and you're still trusting a switch to keep it from going off.

OP, is this what the seat looks like?

tundra_rear_seat_lg.jpg
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Roughly but narrower and the belts are forward of the seat bight as well :(
 

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