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#35 of 42 where to tether a rear facing marathon??
Jun 16, 2009 (9:04 am)
We just got a 2009 CX-9. I am trying to install my Marathon rear facing in the 2nd row center but DO NOT see anywhere to tether it to on the floor behind the passenger seat or driver seat!!!
Has anyone else dealt with this?? Uusally there is a metal bar of some sort under the front seat toward the back that you can attach the strap to...
I see nothing like that in this car!! Any help would be appreicated!
#36 of 42 Re: where to tether a rear facing marathon?? [juls30]
Jun 16, 2009 (12:29 pm)
We have our Decathalon seat installed rear facing behind the passenger seat and did not use the tether. Both on the CX-9 and our VW passat we only used the latch attachments when installing the seats as rear facing. There was both a lack of anything to tether to that seems strong enough to hold and the fact that the tether interfered with storing items in the unused footwell or moving the seat. We almost always place the diaper bag in that space.
We did use the tether when we turned the seat around to be forward facing for my older daughter before she transitioned to a booster seat. Most car seats don't allow for the tether to be used when the are rear facing, so most cars lack a dedicated anchor in the footwells. You will be fine with the seat attached just by the two lower latch points.
#37 of 42 Re: where to tether a rear facing marathon?? [juls30]
Sep 17, 2009 (5:32 pm)
Does anyone know if there are 3 latches in the second row in either the 2009 or 2010 CX-9? I need to attach three car seats and don't want to use the regular seatbelts, but we want to use the latches. Thanks!
#38 of 42 Re: where to tether a rear facing marathon?? [bethg1]
Sep 17, 2009 (6:54 pm)
yes; there are 3 sets of latches in the 2nd row (and zero in the 3rd); note the center position latch points are futher apart than typical and may not accomodate a rigid latch system from the seat base. If you have a webing type anchor system on the seat, as long as it safely accomodates a set of latches that are 19.7 (500mm) apart you're good.
triplets eh? yikes
ping me if you have questions, the manual is very detailed (this is the 2009).
#39 of 42 Re: where to tether a rear facing marathon?? [bethg1]
Sep 18, 2009 (8:30 am)
There are 3 top tether anchor points in the second row but only 2 pairs of bottom anchor points. If you want to put 3 across in the second row (and can fit the seats) you need to use the belt to secure the middle seat. If you use the LATCH bottom anchor points for the middle you will need to use belts for the two outside seats (and you won't be able to slide the two portions of the seat independently.
#40 of 42 Re: where to tether a rear facing marathon?? [bethg1]
Sep 18, 2009 (8:47 am)
I've owned both the 2008 & 2009 CX-9's. As with most cars that I know, there aren't 3 latches in the second or for that matter the 3rd row. In the CX-9 there are no latches in the 3rd row. In the second row, there are latches only for the outer seats. It's unsafe to pile on the latch from the middle seat on the outer seat latches. You should use the seat belt for the middle seat position. If installed properly, it should be quite safe.
#41 of 42 Re: where to tether a rear facing marathon?? [wdhyte]
Sep 18, 2009 (9:15 am)
I believe the others to be correct in the latch configuration. There are 2 sets of latch points on the outboard seats but you can't use both inboard anchor points if you're putting a seat in the center...this of course would prevent you from using the two outboard positions for latch anchors and you'd have to go with the seat-belts as someone else stated. I'll look tonight but I don't imagine there is an actual center set of latch points as I inferred from the manual. Your best bet would be to use the outboard latch points and the center seatbelt. All 3 positions do have a separate tether point as well.
#42 of 42 Re: where to tether a rear facing marathon?? [wdhyte]
Sep 18, 2009 (8:23 pm)
confirmed; only 2 sets of lower latch points in the 2nd row of the 2009 CX-9. While you could certainly put a seat in any of the 3 positions, you can only lower latch the two outboard seats OR the center seat (not all at the same time)...the center must be held in by a seat belt if you are using the two outboard seats (the latch points) at the same time that you're using the center position.