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Old 06-02-2004, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just wondering if any with a baby seat has tried to fit the seat in the back of the extended cab. And if they had any luck, did it fit?
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The extended cab of these trucks is equipped to hold a baby seat...as far as restraint strap hookups or whatever. However, nobody on here has mentioned putting one back there as of yet.

And when I mentioned it to my GF, she said it would NOT be a good idea. As a child and family services graduate, she knows about babys and kids and all that crap.

But ****, I think it'd be fine. ;)
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I wouldn't see why not either.

If anything, strap the baby seat in the bed...
(Just kidding!)

Page 1-40 of the owner's manual states:

Where to Put the Restraint
Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are
restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. General
Motors recommends that child restraints be secured in a
rear seat including an infant riding in a rear-facing infant
seat, a child riding in a forward-facing child seat and an
older child riding in a booster seat. Never put a child in a
rear-facing child restraint in the right front passenger seat
unless your vehicle has an air bag off switch and the air
bag off light shows off. Never put a rear-facing child
restraint in the right front passenger seat unless the
air bag is off. Here is why:
If you need to secure a rear-facing child restraint in
the right front passenger’s position, the right front
passenger’s frontal air bag must be off. See Securing
a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position
(Models with an Air Bag Off Switch) and Securing a
Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System
(Models with an Air Bag Off Switch) in the Index,
and Air Bag Off Switch on page 1-70 for more on this
including important safety information.
Wherever you install it, be sure to secure the child
restraint properly.
Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can
move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure
people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any
child restraint in your vehicle – even when no child
is in it.
Ending page, 1-41


HERE IS A CAUTION DIALOG FROM THE SAME PAGES
CAUTION:
A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be
seriously injured or killed if the right front
passenger’s frontal air bag inflates. This is
because the back of the rear-facing child
restraint would be very close to the inflating
air bag. Be sure to turn off the air bag before
using a rear-facing child restraint in the right
front seat position.
CAUTION:
Even though the air bag off switch is designed
to turn off the right front passenger’s frontal
air bag, no system is fail-safe, and no one can
guarantee that an air bag will not deploy under
some unusual circumstance, even though it is
turned off. We recommend that rear-facing
child restraints be transported in vehicles with
a rear seat that will accommodate a rear-facing
child restraint, whenever possible.
If you secure a forward-facing child restraint in
the right front seat, always move the right front
passenger seat as far back as it will go. It is
better to secure the child restraint in a rear seat.


I hope this helps. The manual states to USE the rear seats, when available. I'd assume this means the extended cab models because the crew cab models have no airbag off switch.
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Old 06-02-2004, 06:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would be impressed if a child's seat
would fit in back of an extended cab.
Does anyone have any pics/proof? :)
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I don't think so. It fits in our crew but not too much room to work with....
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I actually tried it when I was shopping. I have a newborn. Even though the Colorado comes with Car seat anchors, the rear facing seats will not fit in the back. The forward facing ones would be very tight (I don't have one yet), I suspect you would have to move the passangers seat very far forward. The extened cab only apears to have enough room for a booster seat. I have chosen the crew cab for the above reasons. I hope this helps.
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I have an extended cab and can fit a forward facing child seat in the back. It's really tight though and I wouldn't do it regularly. The passenger seat needs to be moved way forward. I took off the back cushion too for about 1.5 inches more room. The "latch" points work ok and the tether strap goes through the loop at the top of the seat cushion and attaches in the center over the jack storage compartment.
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Old 06-03-2004, 08:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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For those of you who have doubts, see my pics (you need to scroll to the bottom of the page). I've added a pic with the child seat installed in my extended cab.
This is an older child seat, and due to design, other seats may or may not fit quite as well.
Note that the rear seatback has been removed for the installation.
There is approx. 8" of clearance between the back of the front seat, and the leading edge of the child seat. Front seat is not slid front, as others have suggested, and in fact is about 3/4 of the way back. Front passenger should have plenty of leg room at this position, and clearance in back of the seat should allow for plenty of leg room for even the heftiest child
Also, note in the same pic, the booster seat on the opposite rear seat.

Works for me. :)

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Old 06-03-2004, 09:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That isn't a baby seat. Baby seats are rear facing.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coloradogrl
That isn't a baby seat. Baby seats are rear facing.
You are correct, he did say a child seat.
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