The vast majority of vehicles traveling on our highways and in our cities have more than two seats and are not convertibles. As a result, most articles available on the Internet offer information on the more usual kinds of vehicles, whilst there is very little or at least only very generalised information regarding two-seater and convertible cars.
Firstly, two-seater cars are not necessarily sports cars although these are the most well-known. Utility vehicles such as a Smart ForTwo, or some dual use vehicles used for deliveries, or light trucks, for example, are also two-seaters.
Having said this, we know that by law, underage children and those less than 135cm tall must travel on the rear seats of the vehicle in their corresponding CRS. The exceptions to this include two-seater vehicles, namely vehicles that do not have rear seats.
In such circumstances, the logical step is to install the child's CRS on the passenger seat, but taking the following precautions:
- The seat should be rear-facing whenever possible (up to 15 months old at a minimum). It is advisable to do so for as long as possible, even up to 4 years old.
- It the child seat is rear-facing we make sure that the passenger airbag has been disabled. If we are unable to disable the airbag and the child is using a Group 0 seat we cannot take the child with us, given that it must be disabled if the child is seated facing the rear.
Furthermore, dangerous practices such as putting the child in the car without a child car seat must be avoided, even if they are well-secured or in our arms. We should also not share the seat belt by having a child seated on the adult's lap. The seat belt would not protect the adult sufficiently and would certainly not protect the child either. The child could potentially suffer serious injuries by being pressed between the adult and the seat belt in a crash.
In the case of convertible cars, there is no such obligation which requires us to do so, but it is merely commen sense which tells us to avoid such risky practices in order to protect our children.