Is there any way to use bucket seats in the backseat of a 73 beetle?


Asked by Apr 12, 2014 at 11:03 PM about the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Car Customization

just wondering if it's possible to use/install bucket seats in the backseat of a 1973 beetle.
when my son sits in his booster seat his head is taller than the back of the bench seat
(no good for safety) thanks!

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It would take a lot of mods to make it work, try looking around for a low profile child's seat, bugs were made before we have been forced into all this so called safety junk.

Scott Sr.

Believe it or not, Recaro makes an excellent child seat with very good head and neck protection that should extend high enough. How old/tall is the boy? Perhaps a lower safety seat is available. You could also look at installing a padded crossbar over the rear seat back.

James Ramond

do the small flip down rear seats in a ranger extended cab fit a car seat? I think they would , you could fit two of them, in a bug, Yay!


OMG- you put your son in a Beetle and worry about safety?! REALITY CHECK- a beetle will flip if you just look at it cross-eyed- if you have kids, it's time to get a modern vehicle that handles better and is more crash-worthy- and stop customizing for safety- yikes

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Paul Whitlock

amen jamnblues --


well at least you are trying to be safe. however, you need to have the right seat for your child. I am a certified child safety seat installer. if the seat in the car is not tall enough, then you need to get a different child safety seat. you also don't have shoulder belts in that car, so it is not safe for your child to ride with just the lap belt in a booster seat. you need to get a high-back booster seat with a harness to properly restrain your child. it is not safe to put other seats in the car trying to make it safer, and I realize that you may not have the ability to buy a newer vehicle that would offer more safety features.

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