Top tether anchor

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Destiny

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Hello, I drive a 1996 Chevy suburban, and realized this vehicle does not have top tether anchors. I contacted the dealership and they ran out of the retrofit kits back in 2010 and are not able to obtain any more. Is there anything I can do? Or places I can get the kit?
 
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murphydog77

Admin - CPST Instructor
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Hello, I drive a 1996 Chevy suburban, and realized this vehicle does not have top tether anchors. I contacted the dealership and they ran out of the retrofit kits back in 2010 and are not able to obtain any more. Is there anything I can do? Or places I can get the kit?
Hi. Sorry, but they really are all gone 😔. A couple of things you can do: 1. rear-face your child to the highest weight/height limits you can (see https://carseatblog.com/51982/rearfaceto50pounds), then move them to a belt-positioning booster seat once they outgrow RF if they are over age 4 and mature enough to sit in a seat belt, or 2. use a forward-facing carseat that has a belt-tensioning device, like Graco's SnugLock or Nuna's belt tensioner, that really connects the carseat tightly to the vehicle seat. While crash forces will still cause belt stretch and vehicle seat cushion compression, having an installation that's mechanically tightened can't hurt.
 

zeo2ski

Well-known member
Hey if that's true that they are no longer available, I believe I still have one--we had '98 and '96 suburbans until a couple years ago and got the retrofit tether in maybe 2009-2011ish from the dealer. I'll mail it to you
 

SafeDad

CPSDarren - Admin
Staff member
You could also consider using an anchor provided by a car seat manufacturer. There are still a few being made.

Just to expand on this, be sure the anchor kit is made by a reputable car seat manufacturer. For example, many special needs manufacturers like Roosevelt and EZ-On have such anchor kits. Please avoid cheap anchor kits that may be found on Amazon (or other websites) from random overseas third party sellers.
 

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