Child and Infant Car Seats in Taxis and Livery Cars

This week we saw a tragic story. Not being a mom myself, I am interested in feedback from parents on this. A family was traveling in a livery cab, when the vehicle was involved in an accident, sending a young child flying out onto the street.

If it were a private car, we could say “that mom was careless and not obeying the law by not having that child in a belted-in child car seat”. But there are no such regulations for children traveling in taxis and livery cabs, and passengers in back seats are never required to wear seat belts. So in “closing-the-barn-door-after-the-horse-escapes” fashion, the question has arisen as to whether we should impose child-car-seat regulations for taxis and livery cabs. I am interested to find out if there are mothers out there who really do carry car seats with them, when traveling with kids. I would think the majority of these rides are short-distance hops, but an accident can happen anytime and anywhere, and even while standing still.

I am curious to hear from parents, grandparents, and other caregivers of young children who regularly travel in taxis and livery cabs.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    This is probably stating the obvious but how about require everyone to wear a seatbelt in the back of a cab. Perhaps for carseat age kids, sit them on your lap and strap them in (airplane style).

  2. jp (unregistered) on October 15th, 2007 @ 7:54 am

    My friend flew in from out of town recently with her 9-month-old and this posed a HUGE dilemma for us when trying to figure out how to get from the airport to the city. It seemed impractical to lug the huge car seat on the plane just for the ride from the airport to Manhattan (they were coming just for the weekend), but unless you’ve looked around for it, you have no idea how difficult it is to find a livery car service who will provide a car seat. In fact, I called about half a dozen of them and none of them would. And certainly they’re not available in taxi cabs. So if you’re traveling with an infant and don’t want to lug a HUGE car seat around with you where you’re going, you’re basically not able to take a taxi/livery car unless you want to take that risk. We opted to take the M60 bus from LGA, but I was quite disappointed that there are not livery car companies in the area who would make car seats available to their clients. So I would love to see the city implement a law that livery car companies need to offer them. I don’t care, charge $10 extra if you need a car seat or something, but they should at least be available to concerned parents out there.

  3. Topher McGibbon (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    We just launched a new car service to meet the needs of parents just like you:

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