Split from: Can a 3 year old ride in the front of a truck with the carseat facing backward?


Jean Buchansm

The airbag is the risk. You need to be 2000% sure there is no chance an airbag will deploy before you put a rear facing child in the front seat. I have no other hesitations about it.
Can you put a car seat in the passenger side of a single cab 2008 Ford Ranger plus the driver & another adult?


CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
Hi! I've split this to a new thread for you.
The short answer is "not if the child is too young to forward face, and quite likely not then either."

Here's the deal: since there is no keyed on/off airbag switch in this vehicle, you must assume there is an active airbag at all times. Therefore, unless you contact NHTSA for a waiver, find a switch compatible with your vehicle, and find someone to install it (a lengthy and difficult and expensive process), no rear facing child can ever safely ride in this vehicle. The outboard airbags can intrude on the center position so no rear facing seat can go there either.

If the child is over 2 and meets the height and weight minimums to forward face, there's another problem that comes into play. The center seat has no headrest, a low back, a shallow seat, a narrow seating position, and from what I can see no shoulder belt. That means no adult can safely ride in this seating position. They would have to go passenger seat.

There IS a tether anchor center. So, if you can find a forward facing car seat that's small enough to securely install in that shallow, narrow seat, you can put a child there once they are old enough to forward face.

Once they hit booster age you're not going to be able to put them there any more, because of the lack of shoulder belt.

So maybe, if you have a child aged about 2 to 5, for a year or three (depending on age), if you can find the right seat (the only thing I can possibly think of that MIGHT work there is the WayB Pico. It is not a long lived seat by height so add "if the child is short enough to fit the harness.")

If there's another option, I would go with the other option. If the child is not the right age and size for a forward facing car seat, the answer is no, unfortunately.

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