Member feedback: Carsharing with baby
We recently received a flood of interest to a question we posted to our Facebook page from a member who writes:
“We recently move to a new neighbourhood. We also have now a small child (aka baby) and find that lugging the car seat etc to the modo car and is quite cumbersome. We are on the verge of considering to buy a car but would really like to stay semi-car-free (car share). … What are other young families doing in our situation?”
At the time of writing, there were no less than 30 comments posted by members, offering a nice collection of crowdsourced solutions to a common challenge:
(See the full conversation here.)
In response, our fleet director Doug Dunn offers a little history on Modo’s attempts to address the needs of members with little ones:
We have bought some vehicles in the past with integrated child seats, however Dodge no longer sells a minivan with integrated child seats. As with tire chains, we cannot provide or maintain child seats/boosters due to liability/fitness of use issues. We also don’t allow members to store items in vehicles, as this causes an inconvience to other members and we cannot be responsble if they go missing.
There are a few minivans with integrated child seats, however they do not conform to currently accepted crash standards, as they don’t provide side impact protection. The two newer crossovers that have booster seats were special ordered and we may purchase more in the future. A number of manufacturers are relaunching multi-passenger vehicles over the next two years, and we are watching to see if these features are offered again.
I think the conversation was great, and perhaps we can suggest some of the options provided through the discussion when members are confrunted with this issue in the future.
Many thanks to all who’ve participated in the discussion already!
Please continue to offer your suggestions for how you’ve negotiated the challenges to carsharing with baby by either logging on to Facebook or sending an email to marketing AT modo DOT coop with the subject line “Carsharing with baby”.