Well, thats interesting. TFS
Now I'm confused. Need to check out my seats.
Hmmmmm. We're probably a good ways away from Teagan and her carseat weighing 65 lbs but its something to keep in mind for later. I'll likely just switch to using the seat belt to hold her carseat in place when I switch her to FF.
That was already our plan as well. Some convertible actually install better with a seat belt when in the forward position. Not like I ever want to move the huge marathon 70 anyways.
This is annoying! You would think they would test these things and keep the weight of the carseat in mind. Simon is probably over the limit with the weight of the car seat. I guess we'll have to change it.
I'm just irritated that they didnt think of this before. Great safety testing going on here! I'm going to check in our car manual to see what it says. I was reading the comments of this article and someone said that they had a carseat going up to 80 lbs that said to use the tether straps. How could this miss somethign like this???? Isnt this what safety testing is for!?!?!?!
Tether strap is different from the latch. Honestly, a lot of car manuals say to stop tethering at a low weight (not uncommon to be above weight by the time many of us will forward face due to rear facing limits). Personally I will always use it when DS is harnessed forward facing because even if it fails it's not a huge fail (like latch would be). It's basically the same as not using one in that case, but chances are it'll do more good. There are several threads about this on car-seat.org which as of right now convinces me that we'll use it and risk it failing rather than not using it. However this is technically incorrect, so research and decide what you want to do. Some vehicles allow to tether at different points other than just the tether loop on the backs of seats.
Latch however? Yeah, when you can get just as safe (or safer at the higher weights) with a seatbelt I'll move over to a belt install.
Car manufactures just don't care. They're just doing the minimum of what's required many times. It was very interesting when car shopping to see how many and the locations of the latches and tethers in "family" vehicles. Some are not very friendly. Our van isn't the most friendly for latch position (it's a bit buried) and the seat belt stalks are a bit too high for certain forward facing car seats. We knew this before buying and know that it will limit which cars seats will work for our car. But most cars these days have something that make them irritating for car seats.
Wow! This is really good to know, TFS. I just checked the weight of Addy's seat (per the specs on Amazon) and it's only 19.5 so plus her 29 pounds we have a way to go before we hit 65 total. But maybe I'll put the belt through there in addition to the LATCH...can't hurt, since we never move that seat anyway!
You do not want to do both seat belt and latch. The car seats are not tested for both being used, so the current recommendation is one or the other. If you have any concern, just do a seat belt install! It's perfectly safe.