Need help w/2007 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Need help w/2007 Dodge Grand Caravan
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Wed, 05-05-2010 - 4:48pm

We currently have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan and are currently expecting our 3rd child. We would like to move the 2 older children into the 3rd rown bench seat and keep the infant in one of the captain's chairs in the middle row (and flod down the other captian's chair to create the most room to get kids in & out of seats).


The problem is that the 3rd row only has 1 LATCH position so we would have to use the seatbelt to install the 2nd car seat. I have no problem installing a seat with a seatbelt but there is no way to lock the seatbelt to keep it from expanding. Normally you can pull the seatbelt all the way out and it will lock and you slowly put it back to the desired length. Is there any product out there that I can use to lock the seatbelt to the desired length and safely install a car seat? Or are there any other suggestions for us?  TIA!

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Wed, 05-05-2010 - 6:27pm
I have seen a lock-off at BRU, but I would be more comfortable ordering one from the company that was crash tested with your seat. So my suggestion is to call the customer service line of your seat manufacturer and see how much a lock-off would be. HTH
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Wed, 05-05-2010 - 7:21pm

Jennie -


Something you said made me have some other questions...


How many top tethers do you have in the 3rd row? Are your older children rear-facing or forward-facing? How old and how big are they? What car seats do you have for them?


Ideally, you should use the top tether for any child who is forward-facing. If you only have one top tether, we would want the forward-facing child to be in that position. With children who are rear-facing, you don't have to worry about that issue - until you have to put them ff of course.


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Wed, 05-05-2010 - 9:11pm

My 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan has lock offs built into the seatbelt buckle. I looked it up in the owners manual, and it says that they will lock off when you pull the lap part of the belt, leaving the shoulder part of the belt loose, but the car seat should be very well installed safely. I have both of my twins' seats installed with the seatbelts in the back bench seat.

I believe that all Chrysler vehicles have seat belts with built in lock offs. Ford cars and trucks you have to pull until you hear clicking.

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Thu, 05-06-2010 - 2:45pm

chrysler dodge have what is called lightweight locking latchplates. i fidn it extra easy to install with seatbelts

                                  

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Thu, 05-06-2010 - 4:00pm

Suz, thank you!


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Thu, 05-06-2010 - 4:06pm

Ginny, thanks!


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Thu, 05-06-2010 - 4:18pm

Jennie -


I'm wondering if it might be easier to put the baby in the third row. Then you can fasten the toddler in the rf seat in the second row and just lift and set the baby in the infant seat in the third row.


I think the 3 year old will be fine in the third row. Does he know how to get his car seat fastened yet? I think most kids can do it when they are 3 or 4 years old, but my 5 y DD still can't. If you want your 3 year old to practice, one idea is to bring the seat in the house and have him practice. It'll definitely be easier when you only have to check that his car seat harness is on properly.


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Thu, 05-06-2010 - 6:38pm
Melanie, I'm pretty sure he understands how it works but lacks the strength to undo the bottom buckle. Even if he could buckle it I'd still have to tighten it, but it's a good idea!

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Sat, 05-08-2010 - 8:43am

I just came here looking for this very piece of info.

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