Can I travel by taxi with a baby in New York City if I don’t have a car seat?
Of the eight million stories there are to tell about our hometown, the answers to that question about cabbing it with children around NYC is one that brings a dozen or so people to our site every day. And why not? While NYC may have one the greatest underground rail systems in the world, if a subway rat can carry a hefty slice of New York pizza down the stairs, what’s stopping one from dragging Junior down onto the third rail, amiright? So above-ground travel is a definitely option for many.
Aside from taxis and buses, there is another transportation you can consider if you have a young one in tow and you do not own a car: Uber Car Seat.
Uber Car Seat is just like the regular app-based car service with one difference. Open the Uber app and after selecting the basic UberX service option, tap the “Car Seat” button and for an extra $10 surcharge, your vehicle comes equipped with a car seat. (If you enter the promo code CARSEATNYC10 in the Uber app, your first car seat surcharge is waived.)
Uber Car Seat provides a user with a forward-facing IMMI Go car seat,, pre-installed by a driver trained in installing the seat. According to its website, the seat works for a child who is at least 12 months old, weighs at least 22 pounds and is 31 inches tall. Children who weigh more than 48 pounds or exceed 52 inches are too big for the seat. More details on the seat and use of the seat are available on the Uber Car Seat FAQ page.
Uber offers Uber Car Seat service in several major U.S. cities, including Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and in a few international cities.
If you try or have tried Uber car Seat, let us know what you think of it.