Is Car Seat Tether Necessary?

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Do you have to use car seat anchors?

If you want to install the car seat in a rear center position, that usually requires using the seat belt. Most vehicles do not have a set of lower anchors dedicated to the middle seat, and most do not allow the use of the inner anchors from either side for installation in the center.

Do you use tether rear facing car seat?

Rear-facing car seats typically just use the lower anchors (a few can also use the top tether). Forward-facing car seats use the lower anchors AND top tether.

Do you have to use a tether strap for a booster seat?

If a tether strap isn't used, your child is more likely to be hurt. Their head will move dangerously forward in a crash. It is the law in Alberta that a tether strap must be used for all forward-facing safety seats.

Do I use the tether for high back booster?

TETHER STRAP: None of the high-back boosters (that weren't part of a combination seat) currently come with a tether strap. the few that do most often have rigid lower anchor connectors (instead of a flexible lower anchor strap as is found on nearly every other type of car seat).

Tether anchors can be added to many vehicles manufactured between 1989-1999. Many of these vehicles have the holes pre-drilled in the vehicle, often with the nut in place, so that retrofitting the tether anchor is as simple as ordering the part and screwing in a bolt.

TETHER STRAP: None of the high-back boosters (that weren't part of a combination seat) currently come with a tether strap. the few that do most often have rigid lower anchor connectors (instead of a flexible lower anchor strap as is found on nearly every other type of car seat).

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