How To: Install a Car Seat in an Extended Cab Truck
“My truck doesn’t have tethers in the back seat, I’ve looked all over for them!”
If I had a quarter for every time I heard that phrase I would play so many claw machine games, let me tell you…
But chances are your truck DOES have tethers; they’re just not what you’re used to seeing.
Tethers are an incredibly important connection point in a forward facing install. A properly used tether reduces head excursion by 4-6 inches. That is a very significant amount of space, especially when taking into consideration the close proximity of the front seat backs and how they’ll come into play in a crash.
What I’m getting at here is that you should always use the tethers that are available to you… you just have to find them first. That’s where I come in.
Because nothing in life is ever easy, there is no one right way to route a tether in an extended cab truck. It depends on the manufacturer. For instance, the Honda Ridgeline has a very tricky set up. You have to route the tether behind the vehicle seat’s head restraint around a small bar, then pull it down the front of the seat back to attach to the tether anchor point that lives where the seat back and seat bottom meet.
|Dear Honda: WHAT AND WHY?|
So… totally easy and not at all confusing, right?
In a Ford F-150 Crew Cab they are slightly more straightforward. Route the tether webbing from the child seat through the loop that is directly behind the seating location and attach it to the loop next to it. There will be specific rules for each seating location though; for instance, if you are trying to install a seat in the center position which side should you connect the anchor to: behind driver or behind passenger?
|2015 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab back seats are… sorta tiny|