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    Special needs tethering, was: D's mom

    I have a child with special needs. He requires an adaptive seat belt that must be tethered to the floor. Our 2008 Odyssey does not have a floor tether. He exceeds the weight for the tether in the second row Captain's seat. I noticed that there is a black bar that runs under the Captain's set behind the driver's seat. . Can that be used as a floor tether? Thank you!
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    Re: Special needs tethering, was: D's mom

    Different adaptive seats have different requirements, so it's really hard to say. Can you link us to the exact product you are trying to make work?
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    Re: Special needs tethering, was: D's mom

    Here is the adaptive belt we want to use. It comes with a kit to tether to the floor. I was wondering how much weight the black bar under the Captain's seat, behind the driver, can hold. My son is 63 pounds. http://www.especialneeds.com/ez-on-a...car-seats.html

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    Ez on sells a tether anchor kit for higher weights. I believe you will need to squire this kit and have it installed professionally by someone. They will need to drill a new hole to install the kit.


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    Re: Special needs tethering, was: D's mom

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Here is the adaptive belt we want to use. It comes with a kit to tether to the floor. I was wondering how much weight the black bar under the Captain's seat, behind the driver, can hold. My son is 63 pounds. http://www.especialneeds.com/ez-on-a...car-seats.html
    Which mount are you wanting to use? There is two. One with secures ONLY the top of the vest and requires the vehicle belt to pass through loops in the front of the vest, over the child's hips, or one that secures both the top and the bottom sides of the vest in such a way that a child cannot undo themselves like they can with the seat belt in front method.

    Either way, the bar at the bottom of the seats isn't a valid option. It's too thick for the hooks to fit around. Your best bet is to take the van to a certified mobility specialist. The Honda is one of the easiest vans to modify for wheel chair mounts, so they should have lots of experience with which parts of the frame are crash worthy enough to install the floor mounts.
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    Re: Special needs tethering, was: D's mom

    Quote Originally Posted by safeinthecar View Post
    Which mount are you wanting to use? There is two. One with secures ONLY the top of the vest and requires the vehicle belt to pass through loops in the front of the vest, over the child's hips, or one that secures both the top and the bottom sides of the vest in such a way that a child cannot undo themselves like they can with the seat belt in front method.
    We use both the E-Z-On 103Z and 102 Vests in our family car. As safeinthecar has already said, you will need to decide which mounting system to use with the vest.

    When making this decision it is worth noting that the first option – the Tether Mount (which attaches to the vest only at the shoulders) – requires only one anchor to be installed behind the vehicle seat. The second option – the Floor Mount – requires two tether anchors to be installed behind the vehicle seat. This can best be seen by viewing the instructions for each system:

    E-Z-On Products Tether Mount Instructions (uses one anchor)
    E-Z-On Products Floor Mount Instructions (uses two anchors)

    These requirements could affect the installation of the tether anchors. For example, it might be possible to install one anchor behind the seat, but perhaps not two anchors (or vice-versa).

    In short, the choice of mounting system depends on the vehicle design as well as the needs of the passenger. It is worth considering this when selecting the mounting system you wish to use.

    I hope this helps.

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