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Concerned about seatbelt failure & carseats

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Our neighbor recently flipped his older car while riding with his almost-1 yr old and almost-2 yr old. The younger boy was fine, but the older boy's seatbelt failed. His carseat came loose and he ended up with stitches in his head. Fortunately, everyone is okay aside from the stitches, but I don't like what I have heard about seatbelts and their propensity to fail.

We have a '97 Camry that does not come with the tether brackets. I know you can buy the parts and install the brackets after-market, but is this still safer than relying on seatbelts?
post #2 of 6
You could try bringing in your Toyota to a reputable dealership and have the seat belts checked out. I am sure that a qualified technician could install the brackets, as well.
post #3 of 6
You cannot retrofit lower anchors (I think there is maybe one type of brand that will do this). You can add upper tethers.

Seatbelt failure is EXTREMELY rare either way.
post #4 of 6
Lower anchors cannot be added to a 1997 Camry.

I do not mean this in a blaming way, but user error is far far more common than true seatbelt failure. Have your belts inspected at a dealership and meet with a CPST to make sure they are installed properly.

Everyone over 48# (with rare exceptions) relies on seatbelts for safety. They're extremely safe.
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Originally Posted by chickabiddy View Post
Lower anchors cannot be added to a 1997 Camry.

I do not mean this in a blaming way, but user error is far far more common than true seatbelt failure. Have your belts inspected at a dealership and meet with a CPST to make sure they are installed properly.

Everyone over 48# (with rare exceptions) relies on seatbelts for safety. They're extremely safe.
Yes, the hardware we saw online was for upper tethers (if that's even the proper term for it). I didn't realize that boosters, etc. all relied on seatbelts.
post #6 of 6
The upper tether definitely makes ffing seats safer when driving, but it's going to do little to keep the seat in place if the belt fails. It might keep it in the car, but it's going to bounce around, kwim?
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