Possible to add LATCH in the third row?

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by Markus, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Markus

    Markus New Member


    Iam thinking about getting a 2009 Suburban for my wife. Would it be possible to install lower anchors to hold child restraints in the third row?

    Best regards
  2. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I've wondered that myself. I've been in vehicles that sometimes do, and sometimes do not, have LATCH anchors in the 3rd row, so I'm not sure what the criteria for having them in there is. I would think that they could be added safely, as it's just a welded piece of pipe tubing bended to make a U-type of shape. If you have some skills then I would think they could be added to the existing seats, but I wouldn't do it myself if I didn't have some skills and do some solid testing.
  3. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I often wonder why the LATCH system is installed on some seats and not others. I will have to ask my sister in law, she designs seats! I would have to say that it would probably be possible to rig something up. That being said, I have to ask why? 98% of the children's car seats and infant car seat bases that I have installed or moved from one car to another are capable of being used with a seat belt. Be it shoulder or just lap belt. We just bought my wife a caravan, the third row does not have the latch system. So, both my sons seats are put in with the shoulder belt. They don't move at all and I have had them inspected at the fire station, they are fine. My 2003 yukon xl had a bench in the second row. There were 2 LATCH anchor systems right next to each other, but not one behind the drivers seat. I put my 4 year olds seat in with the shoulder belt. When I totaled the truck neither seat moved.
  4. Markus

    Markus New Member

    I installed anchors myself on our Volvo V50. The dealer had a anchor kit as spare parts. It was a simple bolt on. How is the anchors attached on the second seats? Does Chevrolet carry anchors as a spare part?
  5. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

  6. Markus

    Markus New Member

    I dont want to have any child seat in the front passanger seat. I have one 1.5 year old boy and will soon have twins. The twins will have Maxi Cosi seats can easily be detached from a base unit which is mounted with belt and LATCH. Drag a lever and the seat is detached from the car and snaps on to the stroller. Perfect for shopping stops etc.

    I dont want to unmount one child seat every time i want access to the third row.
  7. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I would not put a child seat in the front seat either. It is illegal in most states and unsafe. It is a pretty tight fit across the third row with two infant seats and a regular car seat. It makes it pretty hard to pull the seats off the bases at times. I know what you are talking about with the base. We have a peg perego infant seat with the base. I put it in the truck with the shoulder belt mounting option per the peg perego instructions. The base still functions as it should and I can easily remove the seat and lock it in the stroller. I have also had more seats and bases in my truck for other kids. I have had 6 strapped in total at one time. When I have to add another child to the truck I do it behind the drivers seat, Then I leave the second row seat behind the passenger folded forward so I can have easy access to the third row.
  8. vncj96

    vncj96 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I don't want to say you are wrong, but to play devils advocate, 14 looks more like the hinge for the folding mechanism for the backrest of the seat when it folds down. Also 18, 15, 16 look to be the plastic shrouds and protectors that go on each side. 18 to protect the fabric/leather and 15, 16 to protect fingers from getting pinched. Also, the vehicles that I have been in the LATCH hooks sit flat on the bottom part of the seat not sticking up like this could suggest. I may own an older suburban but those numbers I mentioned look almost identically to my hinges for the seat to fold flat. I could be wrong but just wanted to throw that out there.
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Mine come out of the seat back on my 2005 xl with second row captains chairs. The leather is ct differently than the front seat. It is cut to go around the anchors.
  10. RayVoy

    RayVoy Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    I had an extended Envoy (3 rows of seats), it was very much like a Suburban. If I remember correctly, the anchors for the 3rd row of seats were the cargo tie down rings. The strap went over the seat, under the headrest, and clipped into the cargo ring.

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