Originally Posted by Asaalik
Wow, you've got me thinking as well-I thought is was simply to create a better anchor to the frame of the car (besides just the seat belt). We have LATCH on either passenger side, but not in the middle (who's the idiot who thought of that?!
) Anyway, we have him in the middle with the shoulder belt (also makes me feel a bit nervous) but the tether seems to secure the seat better...I'll re-read the instructions 'cuz now you got me scared!
I really didn't mean to worry you! Like I said, I'm not thinking that you've done it wrong, because that's the way the pictures I've seen of tethering Australian style look. I was assuming you were doing it correctly, but I was just feeling clueless about how it helps.
I just did a quick google, and it looks like the benefit of it is what I guessed originally. It prevents forward rotation of the seat. The page I read did say that that's not usually a big concern with rf'ing seats, especially since the seat would usually be stopped by the back of the front seat before it could rotate too far. Personally, I'm more concerned with the seat rotating back toward the back of the back seat, so I'm going to stick with tethering to the front, but it sounds like you're doing the Aussie style tethering correctly. It just depends on what benefit you want to pick.
I just wanted to add, too, that I don't think you need to stress about using the seat belt rather than the lower LATCH anchors. As I understand it, LATCH is just to make installation easier. It is true that it can be safer than the seat belt, but only in cases where the parents would have ended up installing it incorrectly with the seat belt but instead did it correctly with the LATCH. Did that make sense? I'm really tired. :LOL Anyway, as long as you've got a good seat belt install, it's not any less safe than LATCH. And if you're using the seat belt, you don't have to worry about forgetting to switch when your dc gets too heavy for the LATCH anchors, which I think happens at 48 pounds or something like that? (It's academic to me at this point, since we don't have a car with the lower anchors.)
Must go to bed. Little guy's birthday party is tomorrow...