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between the child seat and the anchors.

RIGID TYPE

3.

Place the child seat on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions.

Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connector as shown above.

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6.

Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the strap as instructed by the child seat maker.

7.

Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure.

FLEXIBLE TYPE

ANCHOR

Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connector as shown above.

4.

Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions for adjusting or tightening the fit.

5.

Lift the head restraint (see page ), then route the tether strap 153 through the legs of the head restraint, over the seat-back, making sure the strap is not twisted.

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Information Provided by: To install a LATCH-compatible child seat in the center seating position of the third row:

1.

Unlatch the detachable seat belt anchor and retract the seat belt all the way into the ceiling. Place the latch plate and anchor latch in 18 their holding slots (see page

).

2.

Follow steps 1 through 4 of the second row installation (see pages 45

and

46

).

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3.

4.

Remove the head restraint, then route the tether strap over the seat-back, making sure the strap is not twisted.

Slide the anchor cover to open it, then follow steps 6 and 7 of the second row installation (see page 46

).

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Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt.

In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat.

If you intend to install a child seat in the center seating position of the third row, make sure the detachable seat belt anchor is securely latched.

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1.

With the child seat in the desired seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker’s instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle.

2.

3.

To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor.

After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps.

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4.

After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure.

To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat while pulling up on the belt.

5.

Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is firmly secured. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps.

To deactivate the locking mechanism and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract.

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Installing a Child Seat with a Tether A child seat with a tether can be installed in any seating position in the second or the center seating position of the third row.

Since a tether can provide additional security, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available.

TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT

Each second row bucket seat has a tether anchorage point at the bottom of the seat-back.

1.

After properly securing the child seat (see page ), lift the head restraint, then route the tether strap over the seat-back and through the head restraint legs.

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2.

Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted.

The center seating position of the third row has an anchorage point on the tailgate sill.

ANCHORAGE POINT

3.

Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions.

1.

Remove the bead restraint, then route the tether strap over the seat-back.

2.

Slide the anchor cover to open it.

3.

Follow step 2 and 3 of the second row installation.

Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in a back seat on a booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder belt.

The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must sit in front.

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Protecting Larger Children

Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates.

If a child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, use a booster seat if needed, have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly.

To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself:

1.

Does the child sit all the way back against the seat?

2.

Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat?

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3.

Does the shoulder belt cross between the child’s neck and arm?

4.

Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs?

5.

Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip?

If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a booster seat.

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A child who has outgrown a forward- facing child seat should ride in a back seat and use a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belt fits them properly without the booster.

Some states also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the state or states where you intend to drive.

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Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster meets federal safety standards (see page ) and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions.

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If a child who uses a booster seat must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly.

A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicle’s or booster’s seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster seat.

When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat.

If the passenger’s airbag inflates in a moderate to severe frontal collision, the airbag can cause serious injuries to a child who is unrestrained, improperly restrained, sitting too close to the airbag, or out of position.

A side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child’s body is in the path of a deploying side airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries.

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