Halp, my tether is stuck.


New member
Okay, well my sister's tether, actually. Seat is a Radian, vehicle is a Kia Sportage. The tether anchors are WEIRD and (as we just discovered), its damn near impossible to get a tether hook off of it. Its different than most anchors I've seen. Its basically a flat metal square with a square shaped cut out. And the top portion of it is too long, so there is zero space to push the bottom part of the hook in to release it.

Is any of this making any sense?? :eek:

Fortunately, the 3.75yo is okay to ride in the seat FF (which is why it was installed FF to begin with) but its the 15mo's seat and he'll be outgrowing his Coccoro pretty damn soon.

So someone please help me get this thing off without chopping it off.


New member
Something like that happened to me.

IIRC, I had to slowly loosen the strap connected to the tether buckle by pushing and tugging until the strap was loose enough to try to unhook the tether hook from a different angle. Then it was finally possible to unhook it. My knuckles were never the same!

Good luck!


New member
I think you have similar anchors to my car. I actually put the tether hook upside down because I knew I'd never get it off again otherwise.:thumbsdown: Can you slip a screwdriver in there and push the release? Or slide the tether around to the bottom of the square (if it's shorter than the top) and release there? I'm trying to invision exactly what the problem is; please tell me if I'm way off.


CPST Instructor
Sounds like my Hyundai Tuscan. I once put my radian in ffing and could not get it unhooked. Spent hours actually. I could not do it. I was going to cut it and pry the hook off with pliers. But I asked my dh to give it a try and he got it off. So I know exactly what you mean.


CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
Have you tried inverting the seat to give yourself maximum slack? Can you wiggle it sideways to unhook it?

Also, please report this to NHTSA. They need to hear when there's a tether/anchor compatibility problem!


New member
I had no problem loosening the tether, so there is plenty of slack. There is no way to try to unhook it from a different angle because the anchor is actually sort of inside a little recessed area. My sister and I both tried and tried from both sides (from inside the trunk and from the back seat).

I will have to take a pic in the morning because I'm probably not explaining it very well. :p

I will try with a screw driver too though. That might help. I thought I was going to slice my fingers off. :thumbsdown:

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