I would say 6 is OK, but that IS pushing it and risky. In reality, I wouldn't let a kid under 8 or even 10 sit in the back. If it's a 2dr, then you're fine but I assume you have a 4dr right?
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Assuming your not on the trails catching air or on road driving at excessive speed I think it is more of a matter of height and weight as well as how well the seat belts work. your call. From an over protective father.
I had my 2yo & 4yo nephew back there doorless. Both were in car seats and buckled in correctly. I don't see any problem with it. To me, it is pretty much the exact same thing as a convertible with the windows rolled down. Atleast the Jeep has a rollbar (if you really want to call it that), but it works (to a point).
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I think the range in question is more a factor of maturity than strictly numeric age. At a younger age or actually a smaller size, kids in car seats cannot get themselves out of the seat so they are pretty safe without doors anyways. I mean, I've read news articles about absent-minded fathers leaving their infants in car seats on the roof of the car and taking off - and those kids survive IN SPITE of their airborne adventure.
At an older age, kids in seat belts who understand the reason for seat belts won't be inclined to unbuckle or stick limbs out of moving vehicles.
The ages to be concerned about:
A) children old enough or large enough to not be in car seats but not old enough to understand risk and the reasons for seat belts;
B) teenagers who are definitely old enough to know better and do stupid things anyways!
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Mine are 8 & 6. I'll let them ride back there with tube doors if I'm going a mile down the road (30 mph speed limit) to the ice cream shop or something, but anything further than that, I slide the full doors back on (which takes all of 2 minutes).
I thought this was a going to be a thread about when is someone too OLD to ride around without top and doors....and with their shirt off.
If your man boobs are flapping at 50 mph, or you can feel the wind in your shoulder hair, you probably don't look as cool as you may feel. Definitely put either the doors and top or your shirt back on. Please.
My kid was in the back with only the element doors (not really doors at all) at age 1 - but he was in the car seat with a 5 point harness and the car seat was in the middle of the bench. Now that I'm expecting another kid in October, I may not be able to go doorless next summer the same way...