Any safe aftermarket tether anchor parts?

Oatmealearwig

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I would generally never use an aftermarket product to secure my child. But due to some unforeseen circumstances my only vehicle option is my 1996 f150 super cab. It is impossible to read face her on the bench seat and have the foot of the car seat completely or even 80% on the seat. I can fit it forward facing but there is no top tether anchor. I have spoken with a ford parts specialist and they told me that the part no longer exists because it’s been discontinued and is no longer in their catalog. He recommended I find an aftermarket part. I realize these are generally considered unsafe. But was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction to finding some that are safety certified.
 
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SafeDad

CPSDarren - Admin
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I would generally never use an aftermarket product to secure my child. But due to some unforeseen circumstances my only vehicle option is my 1996 f150 super cab. It is impossible to read face her on the bench seat and have the foot of the car seat completely or even 80% on the seat. I can fit it forward facing but there is no top tether anchor. I have spoken with a ford parts specialist and they told me that the part no longer exists because it’s been discontinued and is no longer in their catalog. He recommended I find an aftermarket part. I realize these are generally considered unsafe. But was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction to finding some that are safety certified.

@ketchupqueen has some info here: https://ezonpro.com/products/vehicle-mounts/100tm-tether-mount/

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend any type of aftermarket part that is not supplied directly by a car seat or vehicle manufacturer.

What is the age and weight of the child, please? We may be able to suggest a compact option that will work rear-facing for now.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
Another option may be using the front seat. In a 96, if there is a front passenger airbag you should be able to switch it off manually, and could possibly rear face. If not, a forward facing seat might be able to be "temporary tethered" to a rear seatbelt (possibly not technically allowed, but a crash tested option at least.)
 

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