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Old 12-19-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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I just purchased a 2005 Caravan. 2 Captains seats and a bench seat. Each Captain's Seat has the LATCH hookups and a Tether Anchor hook up, the bench seat has 2 LATCH hookups (one at each side), there's 3 seatbelts, but only one Tether in the middle of the seat.
Question~I need to put 4 carseats in the van (sometimes a 5th), for my child and the daycare. Can I have Tether's Installed for the other two seatbelt positions in the Bench Seat?

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Old 12-19-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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It is my understanding that you cannot have extra tethers added, but I could be wrong. Are any of the kids RFing?
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:53 AM   #3
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Re: Dodge Caravan & carseats

LATCH stands for lower anchors and tethers for children, so if there is the lower part of the LATCH, there is top anchors somewhere. Let me check my LATCH manual and get back to you.

ETA: Hmmmm...well my LATCH manual says if you have stow and go seats, you have one set of LATCH in the middle of the third row. If you don't have stow and go seats, you have a top anchor for the middle. It says nothing about having LATCH on the outboard positions of the third row in a 2005. Are you sure there is LATCH there?
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The rear bench seat has a tether anchor hookup in the centre of the rear of the seat and in the seat (where the seatbelts comeout of), there are LATCH hookups at each outside seat, so you can hookup 2 LATCH seats. The are not stow and go seats. I currently have one child rearfacing in a Snugride 35, my DD is FF in Britax Frontier and the other child is currently FF in a Truefit. I will be getting another child come the newyear that will need to be in a seat as well.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:08 AM   #5
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I don't know about the Caravan specifically, but I have had a tether added to a vehicle so I know it can be done. Perhaps call the dealership you purchased it from?
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:47 AM   #6
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The dealership said they can't do it. Called a Local Carseat Tech and she said, if I need more tethers then I should have them added, cause by law you must have them, she sugested I go to a local mechanic, not the dealership.
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Re: Dodge Caravan & carseats

The 2001 vans had LATCH on the outboard spots, maybe the seats are different in Canada. Regardless of all that, if there is the lower part of the LATCH there, there will also be top tethers. It's just a matter of figuring out where they are. I would think they would just be at the bottom of the seat back, which is where the LATCH manual says they are for all the seats that have either LATCH or just a top tether.
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Re: Dodge Caravan & carseats

In addition to all that, make sure all 5 carseats fit in your van. I couldn't ever get more than 4 in my Town & Country I would have needed skinnier seats to fit on the bench.
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Re: Dodge Caravan & carseats

You can't retrofit LATCH lower anchors. You can have top tether anchors installed, but only pre-some year (that I can't remember right now). It's whenever they started requiring tether anchors to be installed in new vehicles.

For example: we had a 1998 Toyota Camry, it had tether anchors for all 3 back seat positions. We have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, it had no tether anchors at all but we have had 3 installed in it and could, if needed, have them installed for all 5 middle/back row positions.
But I know that getting newer than 2000 for the same van would mean we would not be able to have all 5 tethers - only 2 or 3 (can't remember) in certain positions.

It kinda makes me that a mini-van... which, really, is for a family, wouldn't come with anchors in all positions - who knows how many FF seats you'll need in at one time or where they would need to be!
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Re: Dodge Caravan & carseats

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You can't retrofit LATCH lower anchors. You can have top tether anchors installed, but only pre-some year (that I can't remember right now). It's whenever they started requiring tether anchors to be installed in new vehicles.

For example: we had a 1998 Toyota Camry, it had tether anchors for all 3 back seat positions. We have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, it had no tether anchors at all but we have had 3 installed in it and could, if needed, have them installed for all 5 middle/back row positions.
But I know that getting newer than 2000 for the same van would mean we would not be able to have all 5 tethers - only 2 or 3 (can't remember) in certain positions.

It kinda makes me that a mini-van... which, really, is for a family, wouldn't come with anchors in all positions - who knows how many FF seats you'll need in at one time or where they would need to be
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I've thought the exact same thing. My dad bought a brand new truck, and all three seats in the back have tether spots, yet a minivan does not.
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