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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2002, 08:24 AM
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Can I carry three kids in back seat of a new TJ?

I have been looking at new jeeps. The problem is that we a family of five. I have a four, six & ten year old. Can I add an extra center seat belt to rear seat? The seat seems to be wide enough for all three. I am sure not everyone leaves the third kid at home. I have a buddy that sold his for this reason. Is there a safe solution?

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Re: Can I carry three kids in back seat of a new TY?

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Is there a safe solution?

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I assume you mean TJ? If so, IMO the answer is NO.
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Re: Can I carry three kids in back seat of a new TY?

1. I used to have a FSJ Wagoneer.
2. I'd fit three kid in the backseat.
3. And two more in the back where the spare was.
4. It wasn't safe.
5. I traded the Wagoneer for a Caravan.
6. I still hate the day I did it, but the kids were safer.
7. You'll be able to fit the kids there if they're all slim.
8. Ya only have about 35" to work with.
9. Those kid's had better be darn good friends, or
10. You'll be threatening to turn that Jeep around ever 5 minutes.
11. But will it be safe?
12. Nope, not NIMHO..
13. Remember the o' FJ40's?
14. They had Jump seats up on the wheelhouses.
15. Then the Kids would have to look at each other.
16. That would be worse.
17. The could even Kick each other.
18. I guess that wouldn't be safe either.
20. Buy a Caravan... and save for a Jeep.
21. Or...
22. Buy a CJ6/8 and install a third Jump Seat!
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Re: Can I carry three kids in back seat of a new T

It would be cramped ...but as long as you could have a bona fide, appropriately anchored, seat belt for each of them .... I don't see the safety problem. It's a space issue (IMHO) Heck, go hog wild and rig a 4 point for the center position. The main thing is that you don't want anyone playing superman in an accident. My TJ is about the only vehicle that I've automatically put my seat belt on in (yes, I'm one of "those").

btw- although all positions in a TJ have shoulder belts ...the center spot in my Caravan doesn't it kinda negates any absolute requirement that everyone have one. That is, if the lack of one in your setup is "that" unsafe. It should be just as unsafe in any vehicle that doesn't have one either.

Now as far as comfort and practicality ..or whether it's wise (as in annoying) ...that's up to you and the youngsters to figure out. Keep in mind that your kids are not static beings ...they get bigger rather quickly.

btw- You do need a Caravan ...with that many people to move you'll never regret the purchase. I whined when my wife wanted our's in 92 ...we still have it and it's made life soooooooo much easier as the "family truckster".

How about a Cherokee Sport instead? This will allow you to retain some testosterone that the minivan so effectively nuetralizes.
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Thanks Guys!!
We have a new Windstar and a extended cab chevy pickup. This would only be used for riding around with the top off during good weather. I guess I will get them to seat in one for a fit test. A four door conversion would be great but it is out of my price range.

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There is no way my three (3, 4, and 10) would fit into the back seat of my CJ. My CJ-7 is the fun summer toy and I have the Cherokee for my "Family Truckster". On days when it's just 'me and the kids' the CJ works fine, but when the wife goes too, it's the XJ or the Durango.
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Re: Can I carry three kids in back seat of a new TJ?

I was thinking of putting an enxtended cab mini truck seat in the front of my yj when i had it, if it was an auto yj you would have plenty of room for a yungster since it's colum shift but a 5 speed or auto tj would be tight. Anybody know legal requirments for seats, i was toying with the idea of building a safari rack that ties into the frame, adding a cage up there and putting some seats up there (that's one of those ideas that won't ever be put into practice) but i'm still curious. What about people sitting in the back of a pickup?

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