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Old 08-09-2011, 04:58 PM   #1
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Graco Nautilus Seat Belt Install

My husband and I are trying to do a seat belt install of my 5.5 year old's Graco Nautilus. It is necessary to do this because he is 48 lbs and that is the limit for the latch. We have a 2009 Toyota Sienna with locking seat belts. We are not able to get a tight install. There isn't much movement side to side but we can pull the seat forward a few inches. Any ideas?
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:10 PM   #2
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Have you adjusted the recline foot to the most reclined position? In my van, I find it is extremely difficult to install if I forget to do this. Also, how do your seatbelts lock?
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Re: Graco Nautilus Seat Belt Install

What if you pull the cover away, push back with your upper thighs, and then tighten everything down that way?

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Have you tethered the seat?
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Re: Graco Nautilus Seat Belt Install

I find that I can get a much tighter install if I recline the vehicle seat back all the way, install as tightly as possible, then un-recline the vehicle's seat back. I have to do this in my 2008 Sienna when I install the Nautilus anywhere in the third row.
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Re: Graco Nautilus Seat Belt Install

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Have you tethered the seat?
Just curious, if she's testing for front to back movement at the belt path, how is tethering coming in to play? It seems that would only stop movement at the head of the seat.
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Re: Graco Nautilus Seat Belt Install

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Just curious, if she's testing for front to back movement at the belt path, how is tethering coming in to play? It seems that would only stop movement at the head of the seat.
I was just coming here to post the same question - can't get it tight in a '06 Odyssey captain's chair. My seat is tethered properly but it doesn't stop the movement at the belt path.

I'm giving the Nauti to a coworker, so my question is sort of moot at the moment I guess. I'm going to put the Boulevard back in for now because that's a 30 second easy install. But she does not have long left and we both prefer the Nauti (cupholders! LOL!).
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Re: Graco Nautilus Seat Belt Install

The belts lock at the retractor. It takes a bit of play, but you can get a tight install in the sienna. Between pushing down and tightening, and then pushing back and tightening a few times, I can install the nautilus well in my 05 8 passenger. Even in the third row passenger side, without reclining the vehicle seat and putting it back in place.

Sort of like how Heather installs the regent with the short belt path seat belt in her videos.

http://carseatsite.com/videos.htm#regent videos
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