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post #21 of 31

LATCH was supposed to be easier -- not safer, just easier.  It isn't. 

 

I agree with brig.  As a CPST, I cannot advise anyone to disregard manufacturer's instructions and tether beyond the vehicle's stated weight limit.  I did it, though, and I'd do it again (my own personal kid is 10yo and 58" and 90# so it is irrelevant).

post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by Skippy918 View Post

Thanks! My car manual didn't specify a weight limit on the tethers. It's a year 2000 make so it doesn't have bottom anchors. I use the seat belt install with the top tether for DS. He's maybe 35lbs. I wonder if car manufacturers haven't caught up to the extended car seat use. Back when my car was made, I doubt there were many harnessed seats that went past a 40lb weight limit.

 

What make is the vehicle?  You're probably still within the limits anyhow.

post #23 of 31
Honda civic. It was more of a curiosity.
post #24 of 31

I don't have the LATCH manual so someone else who can look it up may tell me I'm wrong, but I'm 99% sure Honda says the limit for both their lower anchors and their top tether is 40#. 

post #25 of 31

In my copy of the LATCH manual, which is the 2009 edition (they are updated every two years, so 2011 may have new information and 2013 is not out yet), Honda states a 40# limit for LATCH used as a system and does not state a limit for tether used with seatbelt install.

post #26 of 31
Sorry for the late reply! We have an '08 Santa Fe with a Safety 1st Apex 65 seat (I think that's what it's called?). DS is 5.5 and about 38 lbs. Still harnessed and seat is installed with LATCH.

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post #27 of 31
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Sorry for the late reply! We have an '08 Santa Fe with a Safety 1st Apex 65 seat (I think that's what it's called?). DS is 5.5 and about 38 lbs. Still harnessed and seat is installed with LATCH.
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Hyundai does not state a limit.  If the seat is indeed a Safety 1st Apex, Dorel specifically states in the LATCH manual: "If allowed by the vehicle manufacturer, these lower attachments, when used in conjunction with a tether, can be used up to 65 lb with the CR [child restraint] harness.  This amendment is retroactive."

post #28 of 31

Make sure you are aware of the expiration on your Apex. They've been discontinued for some time now and most of them are either expired or don't have much time left on them. 

 

That's as much of a reminder to me as to you. I gave an Apex to DH's granddaughter a while back and I think it expires at the end of this month. I need to keep bugging the mom to check. :)

post #29 of 31

Where can I find those rules? I was told that in my 2011 Siena I can use latch forever? I never read anything about tether limits (both kids are rearfacing, 39lb 4 year old and 24lb 2 year old with tethers to d-rings on front seats)... Thanks!

post #30 of 31

Toyota defers to the carseat manufacturer.  Britax has a 40# LATCH limit, Diono/Sunshine Kids has a 48# LATCH limit (unless it has SuperLATCH, which is a whole different animal).

post #31 of 31

I have Radians with superlatch. The CPST said I can use it until 80lbs. I'm not too sure though and the interwebz don't offer too much info!

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