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Are Car Seats Allowed in Rental Trucks?

November 14th, 2014 - 11:33 AM

Car seats and moving trucks. How does that work?

Moving long distance can be hard to do, especially if you have an infant or small child who rides in a car seat. If you’re considering truck rental because of the low price, you should be aware that some companies are OK with you putting a child in their trucks, while others are not. You might even be a little uneasy about putting your child in a moving truck yourself.

Can I put a car seat in a rental truck?

The National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that a child be kept in the back seat at least through age 12. And since you’ll be traveling through different states, you’ll also need to abide by the child passenger safety laws in each one – even in a rental truck. You can see the laws by state here.

Today, you’ll learn about the car seat policies of each major truck rental company, as well as an alternative option for moving across the country with a child in a car seat.

Can you put a car seat in a U-Haul truck?

According to the U-Haul website, most trucks may not satisfy local requirements for car seats. They also state that young children and those in car seats shouldn’t be seated in front seats.

  • Seating: Most U-Haul trucks have 3 seats. The 10 ft. trucks only have 2 seats. U-Haul trucks don’t have backseats.
  • Seat belts: If your U-Haul has 3 seats, all seats use a lap belt. The 10 ft. truck has both driver and passenger safety restraints.
  • Airbags: All U-Haul trucks have driver’s side air bags, but not all have passenger side airbags.

Can you put a car seat in a Penske truck?

According to a Penske representative, you can put a child seat or booster seat in the truck.

  • Seating: The 12 ft. truck and 16 ft. trucks are equipped with two bucket seats. The 22 ft. and 26 ft. trucks both have a 3-person bench seats. Penske trucks don’t have backseats.
  • Seat belts: All Penske trucks have safety restraints for each seat.
  • Airbags: In some Penske trucks, there are airbags for both the driver and passenger.

Can you put a car seat in a Budget truck?

According to a Budget representative, you can put a car seat or booster seat in the truck.

  • Seating: The 10 ft. and 16 ft. trucks both have two seats. The 24 ft. truck has a 3-person bench seat. Budget trucks don’t have backseats.
  • Seat belts: All Budget trucks have safety restraints.
  • Airbags: Most budget trucks have airbags.

So, are car seats allowed in rental trucks?

Ultimately, the decision is up to you. Remember, the NHTSA recommends that children stay in the backseat at least through age 12, and none of the rental truck companies above offer trucks with backseats.

If you’re feeling a little nervous about putting your child in a rental truck (even though some say it’s OK), an affordable alternative like U-Pack® may be the best choice for your family.

U-Pack: an alternative for families moving with children in car seats

U-Pack is different from truck rental in one BIG way – you don’t have to drive a rental truck. Instead, you can drive the family car (with the kids in the backseat like the NHTSA recommends), or opt to fly the open skies while your belongings are delivered to your new home. Simply, U-Pack removes the worry of putting your child in a rental truck.

What’s even better is that U-Pack prices are often similar to truck rental when moving long distance, meaning that you can still move within your truck rental budget. U-Pack is definitely an option to consider if you’re concerned about child safety in a rental truck, but want to still save money on your move.

Get a free moving quote online (it includes the driver, taxes, fuel, and standard liability coverage), or call 800-413-4799 for a quote. A U-Pack moving specialist will be happy to help you get rates and answer any questions you have. Or, ask us your question in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you right away.

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