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    Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    This is one of the things that's worrying me: the 2nd-row passenger shoulder belt comes out from the seat. It is not attached to the car. Since these seats fold up, come out, etc, then I'm concerned that it's not safe *not* to have the seatbelt bolted to the car somehow rather than just to the seat. I'm sure the engineers have tested it, etc.

    Anyone have any comments on this?

    Thanks!

    Oh, also, can I add another rear tether to the third row?

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    Re: Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    I have an 8 passenger so my seat with the integrated seatbelt is the center one. Although it is smaller than the other 2 middle row seats, it is *heavy*. I was told that was because of its being reinforced to hold the seatbelt. I assume that the passenger side seat in the 7 passenger is similar. Really if you think about it, you want yourself coupled with the seat anyway, not so much as the vehicle frame.

    No you cannot add a 3rd tether anchor to the back row. HTH!

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    Re: Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    My van also has seatbelts attached to the 2nd row (modular) seating. I got to see firsthand just the other day where they are attached - and really I was expecting something more - they are held on by one bolt through a piece of the metal seat frame...Although I've never really seen how belts are attached to the frame of the car, so perhaps it is just the same.

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    Re: Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    Not that it is really relavent but Chevy and GMC has a lot of there SUV seatbelts designed this way. My dh Volvo wagon is this way as well. I never really questioned it.
    There was a recall on 04 and 05(not positive) Sienna's for the seatbelt. If you own one I would be sure it was corrected. It was a small piece that they fixed during an oil change.

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    Re: Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    Not that it is really relavent but Chevy and GMC has a lot of there SUV seatbelts designed this way. My dh Volvo wagon is this way as well. I never really questioned it.
    There was a recall on 04 and 05(not positive) Sienna's for the seatbelt. If you own one I would be sure it was corrected. It was a small piece that they fixed during an oil change.
    I think that the Chevy/GMC's are still bolted to the car frame and just comes through the seat...? Or is it actually just attached to the seat frame itself?

    So I feel hypocritical here, advocating that parents trust the engineers/manufacturers of child seats and car seat belts to work properly, and then I question what they're doing...!

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    Re: Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    It's in the removable third row seats that remove in a similar way to the Sienna seats.

    If the link works you can see a picture.
    http://www.familycar.com/RoadTests/G...irdRowSeat.jpg

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    Re: Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    Thanks for the pictures Yes, that's very similar what the Sienna belt looks like on the 2nd-row passenger's seat - not sure how they look in the 3rd-row...

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    Re: Sienna question: seatbelt attached to seat?

    We have an 07 Sienna and the third row seatbelts are attached to the sides of the car, not the seat. It is just the passenger side captains chair that does this in ours. I think it is because you can move it to the center position. I thought about the safety aspect of it too.

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