We desperately need to buy a used pick-up truck that I can use for work. This has to be as inexpensive as possible, but still be as safe as possible - Our main vehicle is a toyota sienna, so no problem there. And 99% of the time, that will be the vehicle ds will be in (in his Britax Frontier) - he will only be in this truck if the van is not available for some reason. Not likely, but it may happen if it needs repairs or whatever. I just don't want to buy a vehicle that cannot fit the 3 of us if it's necessary (dh, ds & me). I should also add that ds is 4.5, so it would be a booster seat.
What I'm trying to find out is - can I put him (in a seat of course) in the back on the bench seat (safely) - or, if there is no airbag on the passenger side (front), can he be there? Is there a "safe" place for him in a vehicle like this? Please don't say to buy a 4-door ext cab - we can't afford that, and I have to take it to the farmer's market and have it fit parked at the curb with my canopy - they are just too long (this club cab is already pushing it!). We had looked at a nice Ford Ranger, no airbags - but then if we all needed to fit into it, dh or I would have to sit in a center facing jumpseat.... and I'm afraid of that for safety. Soooo, that's why I was looking at some mid-sized Dakotas.
Does anyone have any input on this? We may be looking at some this afternoon - I'm anxious to find something before the market starts, but I want to know that it's a good decision.
We had tried to check with our local car-seat safety place, but the woman isn't in today.