Tether anchor (TA) retrofitting was the main topic of the first edition of the LATCH Manual, issued in 1999 and titled Tethering Child Restraints. Today, years later, this information is less utilized, but no less important for families who drive the many pre-MY 01 vehicles still on the road. Because tethering is so beneficial to child safety, it continues to be worthwhile for CPSTs to encourage TA retrofitting when educating families who have these older vehicles.
The TA Retrofit Installation Guide is a document published in earlier editions of the LATCH Manual (prior to 2013) that gives DIY tips for vehicle owners who would like to retrofit their vehicle with tether anchors. (Note: General safety tips are provided, and the text has not been updated since 2010. This information should never replace or override instructions provided by the vehicle or CR manufacturer.)
Retrofit TAs are covered in depth in Chapter 6 of the LATCH Manual.
Contact the vehicle manufacturer’s customer service department for assistance with installing a TA or a car seat in your vehicle. Some manufacturers have a program for installing retrofit tether anchors free of charge (ask your dealer or a child passenger safety technician).
Contact the child restraint manufacturer’s customer service department for assistance with any aspect of car seat use. Many car seat manufacturer customer service reps are certified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs); feel free to ask for them.
Toyota/Lexus and SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A (SBS USA) have collaborated on a program to provide tether anchor kits and installation for families with pre-2001 Toyota and Lexus models. Dealers throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska (not Hawaii) will honor certificates from SBS USA for the tether kit and installation.