LATCH in Vehicles with 3 Rows (or more)
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**Please look at the above image’s “sample vehicle” as it is a key to understanding the diagrams you will see in all of the following pictures on this page!!**
The 3-row vehicles are arranged by type, and include model years 2013-15:
- 6 seater models
- 7 seater models
- 8 seater models
- Passenger Vans
- 10 & 11 seater models
- 12 seater models
- 15 seater models
A few things to remember:
- Lower anchors and tether anchors can NOT be added to these vehicles… what they come with is what you get. Only some pre-2000 vehicles can have tether anchors retrofitted.
- Tether anchors are more important than lower anchors as while seat belts can always be used instead of the lower anchors, there is no substitute for a tether anchor. The tether is the most important part of a forward-facing car seat as it decreases how far the child’s head moves forward in a crash by at least 6-8 inches, thereby decreasing the risk of brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Just because there are lower anchors in a certain position, doesn’t mean you’ll get a car seat installed securely there as:
- maybe the vehicle head rest in that position protrudes in a way that you can’t get a secure installation with a forward-facing seat
- maybe there are humps/hinges in that seating position that prevent a secure installation
- Just because there is a tether anchor in a certain position, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to install a forward-facing car seat there as:
- maybe the center is so narrow and has such egregiously long seat belt hardware (cough, cough the 3rd row center in the Infiniti QX56/80, Nissan Armada, and not-yet-released 2016 Honda Pilot) that you’ll never get a car seat installed securely there.
- maybe that position is so overlapped into an adjacent position, that putting a car seat there takes up 2 seating positions, not just 1 (ahem, ahem Dodge/Chrysler minivans 3rd row center seat and its itsy-bitsy neighbor the 3rd row driver’s side seat)
- One car seat may take up 2 seating positions (for not so obvious reasons) – as is plaguing many Toyota & Lexus vehicles
- Toyota Highlander
- 2014, 2015 – may not use 2nd row center seat when using a car seat on 2nd row passenger seat, same applies to 3rd row center seat when using a car seat on 3rd row passenger seat
- Toyota RAV4
- 2013, 2014, 2015 – may not use center seat when using car seat on driver’s side seat
- Toyota 4Runner
- 2009 (only applies to models that have a 3rd row) – no center if LATCH on driver’s side is used
- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 – may not use center seat when using a car seat installed with LATCH on the passenger side.
- Note: A few vehicles allow the installation of a car seat in the center seat using LATCH (lower anchors & tether anchor). While a few of these have a designated set of lower anchors for the center seat, most of these vehicles merely allow you to borrow the lower anchors belonging to the side seats, while others have one lower anchor for the center seat and another that gets borrowed from one of the side seats.
* These vehicles have 5 lower anchors. The center seat shares a lower anchor with one of the side seats. If installing a car seat in the center seat, it is not possible to install a car seat in the adjacent seat (the one that shares a lower anchor with the center seat) using lower LATCH anchors for that car seat.
** These vehicles allow you to borrow the innermost lower anchors from the 2 side seats to install a car seat in the center. Since car seats can not share lower anchors, you can NOT use the center LATCH at the same time as using LATCH on either of the side seats. In these vehicles, borrowing the innermost lower anchors means that the LATCH belt stretches several inches into the side seats, and blocks someone from buckling their seat belt if they sit in either of the 2 side seats… effectively rendering the back seat a 1 seater, not a 3 seater.
SUVs – 6 Seater Models
SUVs – 7 Seater Models
SUVs – 8 Seater Models
Minivans – 7 & 8 Seater Models
10 & 11 Passenger Vans
12 Passenger Vans
15 Passenger Vans
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