Here's the situation (this is long, sorry
2007 Ford Freestyle. 60/40 Second row seats.
Actually, here's the inside of my car: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/...3c44ce43_b.jpg
It looks the same now, just with all 3 headrests removed, car seats installed, and more crumbs/toys on the floor
I have a Radian 65 forward-facing behind the passenger's seat. Latch installation. Top tethered.
I have a Radian 80 forward-facing behind the driver's seat. Latch installation. Top tethered.
Now for the first time ever, I'm using a Radian (65) rear-facing. This one is in the middle seat. I have the appropriate base attached. It's a lap-shoulder belt installation (no latch anchors available for the middle seat). It's a nice, secure fit and at the right angle too. I actually can't believe how well I was able to get it in there (especially while 38 weeks pregnant
My issue? The top tether situation.
I see in the Radian 65 instruction manual, for the rear-facing lap-shoulder belt installation, it says "stability of installation & rear-facing angle can be improved by using top tether (see page 28 for top tether instructions)." and "Removal: release seat belt buckle & disconnect top tether if
in use." (Bolding of "if" is mine). So it seems that the top tether is optional, which is great because - dude, there are no anchors for the top tether
And it's not just a middle seat issue - there are no anchors for the top tether with the window seats either).
Any other time I've rear-faced a car seat, it's been behind the passenger seat so I never thought to give it a little push from behind to see what happened. But today, since the rear-facing seat is in the middle, the back was exposed to me while I checked out how things looked from the front seat, and I was concerned to find that the seat can be tipped forward. The lap/shoulder belt can NOT get any tighter, and I really just think that the only way the seat would be unable to be tipped forward is if it was tethered with the top tether.
Is that normal/ok/safe?