I have a 3rd row seat in which I would like to install two toddler car seats. I really like the latch system that is available in the 2nd row. However, I can not seem to find the latch system for the 3rd row. Can you please tell me if it is available for the 3rd row, and if it is, where can I find it?
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Re: Car Seat Installation
It is safe to use, just make sure to put your knee in the seat to
compress it down while tightening the seat to make sure it gets a good
fit. Most CPSTs prefer the noodles b/c a towel can get compressed too
How old is the child? If the child is past 7-9 months and hold their
body and head up well already, the seat doesn't need to be at a 45
degree angle anymore. 45 degrees is only for when they can't hold their
head up yet. It prevents them from choking when their head rolls
forward. Older babies won't have this problem, and often prefer to be a
little less reclined. You can have it anywhere between 30-45 degrees,
though you have to just eyeball it, without an exact way to measure put
the child in and adjust it till he/she looks comfy.
Definitely call your police station and ask about help installing a car
seat, they'll direct you to a CPST who can help you install it.
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If your Freestar is similar to earlier Windstars, third row seat removal is approached from the rear with the tailgate open. There are two latches at the bottom that pull up to release the seat from its locked position. You tilt the seat forward and pull up then pull the seat back toward you to release.
Is it a LATCH type seat? The best location is the middle row. There is an anchor in the rear bottom where you can clip the tether. The rest of the seat is secured by threading the warbler through the rear of the child seat.
Your owner's manual should explain how to install a car seat. If not, you can go to a GM or Chevy dealer and ask for assistance. This is a mandatory safety problem they should not charge you to just assist in installing the seat.
No. THe latch points for the removeable third row seating has to be factory installed and anchored during manufacturing. The third row seat latches in similar to the same latches the doors used to close. To maintain the safety durign a crash those anchors have to be attached to body frame during assembly. There are aftermarket foam seats that are rear facing and simply sit on the floor of the cargo area but they are not safe for use while vehicle in motion and are aftermarket items. They are typically used to sit on while the car is parked and the lift gate is open, such as backing up and watching a sporting event. They are not suitable for long term use or while vehicle is in motion.
I solved the problem by spraying WD40 into the front side of the seat support that was sticking. This support has a rubber closure to protect the mechanics of the seat. After spraying a generous amount of WD40, I waited about 5 minutes and tried the lever to fold the seat. It worked and still does.
Most dealers will not perform this service, as they become the "final stage manufacturer", and what that means is THEY would be responsible for any claims (liability) that may arise from an accident. Toyota does NOT recommend adding seats, nor do they recommend changing seat types (buckets vs bench). Note that the vehicle is designed with the specific seating positions in mind. To add a 3rd row seat, you would also have to install the proper seatbelts, and secure the 3rd row seats in a fashion that meets NHTSA specifications.
In short, and I apologize for this, please refrain from doing it.