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Do not install a LATCH-equipped child restraint in
the center of the rear seat of the vehicle. This is not
a seating position in the vehicle, and a child seat
cannot be correctly installed in this position. Addi-
tionally, there is no tether anchorage provided for
correctly installing a child seat in the center of the
rear seat. Only install child seats in the right or left
rear positions in the vehicle, using either the lap/
shoulder belt or LATCH attachments to secure the
child seat. Always use the tether anchor directly
behind the seating position when securing a child
Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Not all
child restraint systems will be installed as described here.
Again, carefully follow the installation instructions that
were provided with the child restraint system.
The rear seat lower anchorages are round bars, located at
the rear of the seat cushion where it meets the seat back,
and are just visible when you lean into the rear seat to
install the child restraint. You will easily feel them if you
run your finger along the intersection of the seatback and
seat cushion surfaces.
In addition, there are tether strap anchorages
behind each rear seating position located in the
bottom of the convertible top well, behind the
seat back. The anchors are under the carpet
cutouts marked with this symbol. (Shown to the left).
Many, but not all restraint systems will be equipped with
separate straps on each side, with each having a hook or
connector for attachment to the lower anchorage and a
means of adjusting the tension in the strap. Forward-
facing toddler restraints and some rear-facing infant
restraints will also be equipped with a tether strap, a
hook for attachment to the tether strap anchorage and a
means of adjusting the tension of the strap.
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