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    tether question for GMC acadia

    Hi I have a GMC acadia. I am wanting to put my sons frontier in the third row but it only has one tether in the middle. I am needing him on one side so that I can still fold part of the seat down ( 60/40 split). Can I put the frontier on the side and use the middle tether? Or is it a must that it be tethered? The seat is funny in the middle ( very small with a weird hump). I can't get a good install in the middle.
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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    You can't use a tether for a different position. The Frontier must be tethered after 65 pounds harnessed.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    No, unfortunately, if you want to put your child in the third row, the only position with a tether anchor is the middle one, and you can't borrow it for a side position.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    ok. So if he is under 65 lbs it doesn't have to be tethered? Is it still as safe? He is 40. And in the harness.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

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    ok. So if he is under 65 lbs it doesn't have to be tethered? Is it still as safe? He is 40. And in the harness.
    No, it does not *have* to be tethered. However, tethering is a huge difference in safety and very important to the safety of the seat. I would never recommend that a parent not tether a seat for a reason of convenience.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    Thank you for your help! I appreciate it.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    ok. So if he is under 65 lbs it doesn't have to be tethered? Is it still as safe? He is 40. And in the harness.
    where do you live?

    US- no, tethering the frontier is not mandatory at 40 lbs, but is definitely recommended.

    Canada- forward facing harnessed seats must be tethered.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    Looks like US IP to me.

    That center position in the 3rd row in kind of a pain in the butt. If you have a Marathon or EFTA those seats both install well ff'ing back there and have good height and weight limits - is it possible to put a different child back there and then put the frontier in the 2nd row? Or just use a different seat? (I know not everyone has multiple seats to choose from, but I thought I'd mention it just in case. )
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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    I am in the US. It isn't a big deal. I have a toddler RF in a marathon in the captains seat, one child in the frontier in the other captains seat and two older kids in seatbelts in the back. I was trying to make it easier for the older kids to get in the third row. The RF marathon and the frontier take up lots of space and its hard for the older kids to squeeze through after school in the pick up lane. But they will just have to deal and people waiting will have to be patient! : )

    Anyone know if tethers can be added to the Acadia? I would love more flexability! And no..I don't have extra seats and the little one is far from ff. Wish I did!

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    No, you cannot get anymore tethers retrofitted, unfortunately.

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I am in the US. It isn't a big deal. I have a toddler RF in a marathon in the captains seat, one child in the frontier in the other captains seat and two older kids in seatbelts in the back. I was trying to make it easier for the older kids to get in the third row. The RF marathon and the frontier take up lots of space and its hard for the older kids to squeeze through after school in the pick up lane. But they will just have to deal and people waiting will have to be patient! : )

    Could you put your toddler rear facing in the third row all the way over to the side, leaving room for your big kids next to him?

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    Re: tether question for GMC acadia

    Quote Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
    Could you put your toddler rear facing in the third row all the way over to the side, leaving room for your big kids next to him?
    There's no headrest in the middle of the 3rd row, so it would depend on height of the kids or if they have boosters. The position is narrow as well, and contoured strangely, so it could be difficult to buckle a booster there. I think provided the 2nd row was moved forward, the Marathon would install fine there. It would more be a matter of loading the child in. There's enough cargo space behind the 3rd row that you'd have to climb right in to the cargo space in order to load from the back, but if it's a child in a seatbelt next to the kiddo then it may be possible to sit beside kiddo to buckle in. (We have an Outlook which is identical to the Acadia in terms of the 3rd row.)
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