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    1999 Ford Explorer FF convertible car seat

    We are flying to visit my inlaws for two weeks and will be using their 1999 Ford Explorer. Our just turned 4 year old is 40" and 32 lbs and rides FF. We have a Diono Radian and a Chicco Nextfit. We have traveled plenty with both seats. I have also thought of getting a light weight seat to use for travel. This trip has three flights each way so lots of getting on and off planes. I have seen mention of there being no top tether in the 99 Explorer. Is this true? Don't most convertible car seat require a tether in FF mode? What should I use? Thanks!

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    Re: 1999 Ford Explorer FF convertible car seat

    Hi there!

    Since you've traveled with both seats, I'd probably take the Radian, and assuming you have the rear facing pieces, pack them with you and simply use the seat rear facing when you get there. That removes the need for the forward facing tether.

    A 1999 Ford Explorer does not have tethers. You can see if you can get them, but it's not likely anymore. Most have run out of parts. The tether part number is F17Z 78613D74A. Try mentioning program R7C. I don't know how long it takes, so your inlaws would have to do this before you get there.

    You could try to see if your four year old fits rear facing in your NextFit and take that if you prefer (head contained within the shell). Either way. But I'd plan to rear face for the two weeks you're traveling. It's probably a lot more doable than trying to find the parts and getting a dealership to install a tether.

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    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: 1999 Ford Explorer FF convertible car seat

    I'll use the Radian and rear face when we get there. Thank you so much! That was very helpful!

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    Re: 1999 Ford Explorer FF convertible car seat

    You're welcome! Have a wonderful trip.

    Wendy
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    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
    https://www.car-seat.org/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=1353&dateline=1552329  785

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