Booking an Uber with Car Seat: What You Need to Know

Published: October 12, 2023
Last updated: February 29, 2024

Uber has become a go-to transportation option for many, offering convenience and flexibility. But what if you're traveling with a child and need a car seat? In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about booking Uber with car seats, from understanding how Uber car seats work to the types of car seats available and the legal requirements. So, let's dive in!

How to do Uber Car Seats Work?

Uber offers a convenient solution for parents and caregivers needing a car seat. When you request an Uber with car seat, you can select a vehicle that provides a seat suitable for your child's age and size. Uber offers different types of car seats, including infant car seats, convertible car seats, and booster seats.

Uber Car Seats are forward-facing car seats installed in several Uber vehicles. They are available in select cities and countries and can be requested when booking a ride. Here’s how it works:

  1. Open the Uber app and enter your destination.

  2. Tap the "Car Seat" option below the vehicle options. You will be prompted for a $10 surcharge for using an Uber Car Seat.

  3. Once you have requested an Uber Car Seat, the app will match you with a driver with a car seat installed.

  4. When the driver arrives, they will help you install the car seat and secure your child.

Uber Car Seats are designed to be safe and easy to use. They are all inspected and certified by Uber before they are installed in vehicles. Drivers are also trained to install and use the car seats properly.

Types of Car Seats

Understanding the different types of car seats available is crucial for ensuring your child's safety during an Uber ride. The following are various types of car seats available to accommodate children of different ages and sizes:

Infant Car Seats

Infant car seats are designed for the tiniest passengers, newborns, and infants. They offer a snug and secure fit for babies who cannot sit upright or support their neck and head.

Convertible Car Seats

Convertible car seats offer versatility and longevity, making them popular for parents. These seats can be adjusted to accommodate both rear-facing and forward-facing positions, providing your child with a more extended period of use.

Booster Seats

Booster seats are designed for older children who have outgrown their convertible car seats but are still too small to use a vehicle's seatbelt alone. Booster seats help position your child correctly for the seatbelt's optimal effectiveness.

Rear-Facing vs. Forward-Facing Car Seats

Understanding the difference between rear-facing and forward-facing car seats is essential for your child's safety. Here's a brief comparison:

Rear-Facing Car Seats:

  • Suitable for infants and young children.

  • Offer superior protection for a baby's fragile neck and spine.

  • Always installed in a rear-facing position.

  • Transition to a forward-facing seat when your child reaches the seat's weight or height limits.

Forward-Facing Car Seats:

  • Designed for older toddlers and children.

  • Installed in a forward-facing position.

  • Use a five-point harness system for added security.

  • It should be used until your child outgrows the seat's weight or height limits, typically around 40-65 pounds.

Choosing the right car seat and using it correctly is vital for your child's safety during an Uber ride. Consider your child's age, size, and local regulations when selecting the appropriate car seat for your journey.

Laws and Regulations Regarding Child Passenger Safety

Before booking an Uber with car seat, you must know your area's safety child passenger laws and regulations.

U.S. Laws and Regulations on Car Seat Use

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring children to be properly restrained in car or booster seats. The specific requirements vary from state to state, but most states require children to be in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the age of 2. Here is a summary of the general requirements for car seat use in the United States:

  • Children under the age of 2 must ride in a rear-facing car seat.

  • Children at least two years old and weighing less than 40 pounds must ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.

  • Children at least two years old and weighing 40 pounds or more must ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness or booster seat.

  • Children who have outgrown their forward-facing car seat must ride in a booster seat until they reach the height and weight requirements for using a seat belt safely.

  • Children under 13 must always ride in the vehicle's back seat.

International Laws and Regulations on Child Passenger Safety

International laws and regulations on child passenger safety vary from country to country. However, U.S. laws and regulations are factored as general guidelines. Here are some of the child passenger safety laws in some countries:

  • Canada: All children under eight must be in a car or booster seat. Children under the age of 2 must be in a rear-facing car seat.

  • United Kingdom: All children under 12 must be in a car or booster seat. Children under the age of 3 must be in a rear-facing car seat.

  • Australia: All children under seven must be in a car or booster seat. Children under the age of 6 must be in a rear-facing car seat.

  • New Zealand: All children under seven must be in a car or booster seat. Children under the age of 4 must be in a rear-facing car seat.

Uber’s Policies for Riders with Children

Uber has policies to accommodate riders with children and ensure their safety and comfort during rides.

Age Requirements for Riders With Children

Uber has the following age requirements for riders with children:

  • An adult rider must accompany children under 18 at all times.

  • Children under eight must be properly restrained in a car or booster seat.

  • Uber drivers must comply with all local laws and regulations regarding child passenger safety.

If you are traveling with minor children, you must request a ride to accommodate the number of children in your group. For example, if you travel with two children under 8, you must request a ride with two car seats.

Special Considerations for Pickup Locations, Ride Type, and Seat Options

Uber offers several special considerations for pickup locations, ride types, and seat options to make your ride more convenient and comfortable.

Pickup Locations

  • Airport pickups: Uber offers airport pickups at most major airports worldwide. When you request an airport pickup, your Uber driver will track your flight arrival and meet you at the designated pickup area.

  • Scheduled pickups: You can schedule a pickup in advance so that you don't have to wait for a ride when you're ready to go. To schedule a pickup, open the Uber app and tap the "Schedule a ride" option.

  • Multi-stop pickups: You can add multiple stops to your Uber ride so that you can run errands or pick up friends and family along the way. To add multiple stops, open the Uber app and tap the "+" button next to the "Destination" field.

Ride Type

  • UberX: Uber's most popular ride type. It is a budget-friendly option that is available in most cities around the world.

  • UberXL: A larger ride type that can accommodate up to 6 passengers and two large suitcases. It is a good option for groups or families.

  • Uber Comfort: A premium ride type that offers more spacious vehicles and amenities, such as bottled water and mints.

  • Uber Black: A luxury ride type that offers the most upscale vehicles and amenities.

Seat Options

  • Uber Car Seats: Uber Car Seats are forward-facing car seats installed in a limited number of vehicles. They are available in select cities and countries and can be requested when booking a ride.

  • Uber WAV: Uber WAV is a wheelchair-accessible ride type. Uber WAV vehicles are equipped with ramps and lifts to accommodate passengers with disabilities.

If you have any special requests for your Uber ride, such as a specific pickup location, ride type, or seat option, you can add them to the "Notes" section when you request a ride. Uber drivers will do their best to accommodate all special requests.

Preparing for an Uber Ride With a Child in a Car Seat

Now that you understand the basics, here are some essential steps to prepare for an Uber ride with a child in a car seat:

  1. Select the Right Car Seat Option: When booking your Uber, choose the car seat option that best suits your child's age and size.

  2. Confirm Car Seat Availability: Contact your driver via the Uber app to confirm the car seat is available and installed before the ride.

  3. Bring Additional Supplies: Pack extra supplies like snacks, toys, and a favorite blanket to keep your child comfortable during the ride.

  4. Secure Your Child: Ensure your child is securely fastened in the car seat, following the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Plan Extra Time: Allow extra time for pickup, as installing a car seat may take a few minutes.


Can I bring my child's car seat when using Uber?

You can bring your child's car seat and install it in the Uber vehicle, but you may want to confirm with the driver in advance.

Do Uber drivers receive training on car seat installation?

Uber provides guidelines to drivers on car seat use, but it's a good practice for parents to ensure the seat is properly installed.

Is there an additional fee for booking an Uber with a car seat?

Yes, an extra fee is usually associated with booking an Uber with a car seat. Check the Uber app for the specific fee in your area.

A Safe and Hassle-Free Journey for Your Child

Booking an Uber with car seat is a convenient and safe option for parents and caregivers. By understanding the types of car seats, local laws, and Uber's policies, you can ensure your child a smooth and secure ride. So, next time you need to travel with your little one, you'll be well-prepared to make the journey hassle-free and comfortable.

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