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    Default Car seat in a ute?

    Hi,

    Does anyone know if you are allowed to place a car seat in a ute?

    I'm returning to work in 2 weeks and my DS who will be 9 months will be staying with family for 4 days a week until he starts childcare in Feburary. My family lives in the opposite direction to my work (about 30 minutes each way) which means I'll be dropping him off quite early and by the time we get home it will be late. Thing is, they are on the way to where my DH works, but he drives a company ute. It would be perfect for me to drop off DS and DH to pick him up as he finishes work much earlier than me (3 hours earlier). DH suggested we buy another car seat for the ute so he can pick him up but I'm just not sure if it is allowed?? It doesn't seem safe to me.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Children are not supposed to sit in the front seat of a car atleast until 8 or 9 years of age, a ute wouldn't be any different.

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    Thanks Lyndsay, that's what I thought. My DH always wants a second opinion....seems to be that he doesn't believe me!
    Corina thanks, I was thinking of ringing the RTA. Even if it was allowed I don't think I could do it. I'll just persist with the long days....it's only for a few weeks.
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    Hi Tash, I have a similar problem!!
    I posted this same question months ago.
    I think you should ring your Department of Transport and just ask, as I think it actually is allowed, provided there is no air bag in the passenger seat. I myself never ended up doing it, but it would be handy!
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    Baby seats can go in the front of a ute if there is an ancor point and there is NO air bag.

    The seat must be pushed back as far as possible (if it does move) and as I said the baby seat has to be attached to the ancor point and seat belt, same as in a regular car.

    As others have said, a child should not be in the front seat until they are much older - especially if there is an air bag but in the case of a car with only front seats they are allowed. My DS is in a booster seat and goes in his dads van on short trips when neccesary. There is no air bag and he is in his booster seat.

    Many utes don't come with ancor points so you would have to check this out.

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    we had a similar dilemma when amber was first born and later when my car broke down - yes you are allowed to have a babyseat in the front of a ute as long as it is anchored properly. our babyseat sat in between the 2 front seats on top of the centre console, we put some foam cut to shape on the centre console for added grip and had to drill a proper hole for the anchor bolt, and that was it. it was our only car at the time so it had to seat us all

    if your in doubt contact your local police or road traffic authority - but it is generally allowed - ours is a very very old ute too and doesnt have any airbags so that point wasnt an issue - ive never had and will probably never be able to afford a car with airbags anyway.
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    Tash, I just asked DP about it and our ute actually already has anchor points for a car seat! I think our ute is around 10 yrs old, so I'm sure your hubbies work ute will have them too!
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    Tash,
    Its definately allowed here in WA but as people have pointed out no airbags (if the ute has them they can be disabled). SOme utes have anchor points but if yours doesn't then they can be put in.
    Safest place would be the middle of a bench seat otherwise they'll have to be in the passenger seat.
    As you are in Sydney the people to contact would be NRMA if you are a member or the govt transport department.
    I hope you can sort something out.
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    Hi Tash,

    A guy in my antental class had a ute and had an anchor point fitted professionally. I know the place that fitted our car seat does them, so it is legal (at least in NSW).

    HTH,
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