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Old 08-01-2011, 12:47 PM
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Lightbulb 94' Child Seat issue

Just purchased a 94' YJ and need to put my 4 year olds' child seat in the rear seat.

Are there any after market anchor points that can be purchased to mount to the frame, and if so where could i find such attachment anchors?

I tryed the jeep.com web page but with no luck, and the "contact us" link seems to be down at the moment (keep getting a broken link)

The graco car seat that I own requires the use of the attached restraint if i am using the shoulder belt that is in the back seat.

Any help or ideas would be great, my daughter is 4 and for the past week has been begging us to go for a ride in daddys "new fun jeep" .

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http://wescoperformance.stores.yahoo...seatbelts.html

This is not a direct fix for your issue but I think their anchor system for the 4 point harnesses may give you an idea on a solution for your problem.

Good luck.

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This is not a direct fix for your issue but I think their anchor system for the 4 point harnesses may give you an idea on a solution for your problem.

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Thank you for the link, but thats not going to help in my situation, I'm in need of anchor points for the back bench seat.
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I don't mean to question you, but why do you need to use the "attached restraint" when you use the seat belt? Can you not use one or the other, meaning the attachment belts, or the seat belt?

I think the seat in my jeep is a Graco... can't remember and I just use the seat belt. I can get that thing tighter in my jeep with the seat belt then I can with the other attachments in my wifes car.

I have been using the top center belt on the carseat along with the seatbelt recently... just to keep it out of the way. I take it behind the backseat and hook it to the bracket that attaches the female seatbelt sections to the floor.
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Behind my bench is hooks on the floor trunk area . If yours has that run a strap to it . Mine is 88 and I've seen them hooks in all YJ so far , unless they was taken out .
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No need for the LATCH system in the jeep. Just use the seatbelt and attach the top tether to a fixed point behind the seat. You may need the seatbelt attachment that should have come with your car seat that locks the seatbelt in place since I don't believe the rear seatbelts have a ratcheting lock mechanism. Worse case for the top tether you could take two small flat pieces of steel to sandwich your tub behind the back seat. Bolt a footman loop to it with heavy duty bolts and you'll have your fix. I wouldn't trust the strength of the tub on it's own. Hope that helps.
Worse case I think you can take it to a jeep stealership and they are required to provide a safe system for tour car seat....

I put my two year old in the back and he has a blast. I use a spiderweb shade cage to make sure all of his toys and sippy cups don't wind up on the side of the road or trail.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:44 PM   #7
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Now I'm getting little worried about my new 2012 Wrangler! Do they allow car seats to be hocked? In other words, can I put an child seat or booster without having to do any modifications?

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Kids......

IMO: just use the seat belt, and for the top tether run it over the seat and down to the footmans loop under the carpet.

personally, id chuck the whole soccer mom routine and use "Her" car when moving the kids.
My wife really hated that, when my kids were that young, she couldnt drive my 99 zr2, it was too tall for her to get into ........... I did that on purpose.....
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The car seat should not need to use the tether. It is there for an additional mounting point, however the three point harness will be enough for you to use the seat. If you still feel unsafe, contact your local fire department or the State Patrol, most can do a car seat safety check free of charge. If you can't find someone to help with the install, look at the NJ CPS site, New Jersey State Police - Child Safety Seat Program, it may answer your questions or at least guide you in the right direction to find a certified installer.

The footman loops in the rear of a YJ were not designed to withstand the weight of a child seat during an accident. This could lead to more stress on the seat than it was designed. As for the 2012, look for the picture of a child seat, or check your owners manual. You should be able to get all the info you need right there (Federal Law).
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Child seats if it has a feature you gotta use it atleast here in KY .
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That top tether is necessary. Look at your owners manual for the carseat itself. My '02 has anchors in the rear closest to the tailgate which are the only recommended tether points in my owners manual for the jeep. I have a pretty good grasp on carseats. I investigate crashes for a living.

I recommend doing your research and following the guidelines set forth by both the car seat and vehicle. The JK's might even have LATCH....
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I know that the seat is safer when used with all the features, however. The 94 was built with the safety products mandated by the federal gov't at the time the vehicle was built. Attaching a tether to a cargo footloop will not restrain the seat like the seat was designed. The best advice I can give you is check with the certified child passenger safety seat technician for your area. If it is anything like Colorado, it is a 40 hour class on nothing but car seats and installing into many different vehicles. It is always best to use the all the safety features, although some vehicles will not accept all the features. Sorry to be vague but it is a case by case basis.
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Why would the cargo footloop not work ?
It's much stronger than the plastic clips on the headrest of seats designed to be used as the tether point .
If that's the case run a ratchet strap out to your trailer hitch .
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I just use the seatbelt. Works great. Car seat is tight.
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I just use the seat belt, works great and I can make it as tight if not tighter than on my 01 T&C Minivan
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I have a 4year old and a 6year old. I use belt positioning boosters. they only require a seatbelt and are relatively inexpensive and the kids prefer them, stating they are more comfortable. only thing that was said to me by a friend who does child safety seat inspections(hes a cop) is that the seat should be buckled in even without the kids in them to prevent them from being thrown around while driving especially with top off
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i have a britax ( rated #1 car seat... google it) booster seat which is a 5 point car seat for kids my daughter is 5. i swapped out the shoulder belts with lap belts, i attach a belt to each side of the seat the run the back strap behind the rear seat to a anchor point. she is safer than me since she is in the middle and right under the roll bar, she is safer than the driver and passenger!! jeeps are very safe you just have to know how to drive them!!!
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So I purchased the seat belt comealong. It is crash test rated. It secured the seat tight like it should have. I also used the top teather, attaching it to the frame at the seat belt mount.
Took my little one out this morning for a bit on errands and checked it afterwards... Perfect.

She had a grin from ear to ear and was soooo happy to ride in daddys jeep. Then it took me about 25 minutes to convince her to get out of the jeep.

Thanks for all the ideas
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So I purchased the seat belt comealong. It is crash test rated. It secured the seat tight like it should have. I also used the top teather, attaching it to the frame at the seat belt mount.
Took my little one out this morning for a bit on errands and checked it afterwards... Perfect.

She had a grin from ear to ear and was soooo happy to ride in daddys jeep. Then it took me about 25 minutes to convince her to get out of the jeep.

Thanks for all the ideas
what is the seat belt comealong
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Sunshine Kids Mighty-Tite - Car Seat Belt Tightener - Sunshine Kids - Babies "R" Us Link to the seat belt tightener. I works amazing.

I was also able to get the top strap from the child seat down to the seatbelt mount also. That baby(seat) isnt moving anywhere

I'll post pictures when the monsoon rains here in Jersey stop.
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Now I'm getting little worried about my new 2012 Wrangler! Do they allow car seats to be hocked? In other words, can I put an child seat or booster without having to do any modifications?

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My daughter is 6 and still in a "Booster". Here in Texas, you can simply use a belt for them... I think that's what you're referring to. As far as my two sons are concerned....They are 2 and 3, depending on which vehicle we are using, we will use the seatbelts for their seats with zero issues, and the anchor points if the vehicle in use has them. No negative issues with the different ways to secure them. The laws state that you use what is designed in the vehicle. Anchor points if you have them, seatbelt if you don't. And trust me...I don't mess around or take shortcuts when it comes to the kiddos!

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