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    Help explaining/conviencing a friend

    HELP! A friend of mine has her DS (4) in an Eddie Bauer FF something or other seat on the passenger side and DD(5 month old) in a snugride back harness adjuster seat in the middle. Both are latched and seat belted! So yes they are sharing latch anchors and FF seat is not top tethered. When they were leaving our house one night I walked out with them and told her I wanted to check there seats to make sure and keep her cuties safe. She wouldn't let me uninstall them since they were going home and it was late, but I did tell her to make sure straps were snug and chest clip at arm pits. She drives a ford explorer probably an 08 or 09. I couldn't find the top tether and she didn't feel like checking the Manuel. I was hoping she would have taken my advise and maybe done what I had mentioned about not using both latch and a seat belt when she got home. But it doesn't look like it. were on vacation with them now and they are still that way. we all went to dinner last night and i suggested going to dinner together and riding in our Acadia. I was really hoping they would, that way I could install them in my truck then reinstall them in hers correctly. She said it was too much trouble and there a bitch to reinstall. So how do I explain that you shouldn't use latch and a seatbelt at the same time? Besides that it hasn't been crash tested. I told her that one and she just came back with seems like 2 is better than 1. (rolls eyes) Also does anyone know where the top tether is? I'm just thinking that my mil has a ford escape and her tethers are on the ceiling. Maybe that's where they are??

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    Re: Help explaining/conviencing a friend

    Both the seatbelt and LATCH will be expecting to take the full force of an accident causing double the stress on the belt path. This could cause the seat to malfunction (think breaking the shell from too much force.) Also, as for the latch anchor that is in use by two seats, both seats will be exerting force on that anchor point. With double the force (and being pulled in TWO directions), the anchor could (theoretically) break free from the car or malfunction some other way.

    I don't have a latch manual to look up top tether but I know others have it.
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    Thank you! I will share your info!

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    Re: Help explaining/conviencing a friend

    If no one replies about the teather, I've had luck in the past just calling the vehicle manufacturer and flat out asking if there was one and where.
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    Re: Help explaining/conviencing a friend

    The 2003-2010 Ford Explorers have top tether anchors for each second row seating position (3 second row tether anchors if it's a second row bench seat and 2 second row tether anchors if it has second row outboard bucket seats without a center seating position), and for each of the third row outboard positions if equipped with a third row. The second row top tether anchors are U-shaped metal rings located on the floor behind the second row vehicle seat, and the third row's top tether anchors are cargo tie-downs on the rear tailgate sill.
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