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Top Tether: It’s More Important Than You Realize

If you’ve installed a car seat lately, you may have noticed a long strap at the top of the seat. What did you do with it? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 55 percent of parents are ignoring this strap. They simply tuck it out of the way. However, doing so could put their children at risk of serious injury in a Cedar Rapids car crash.

This long strap is known as the top tether. It is part of the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system used to install car seats in cars manufactured after 2001, but it can also be used if the car seat is installed with a seat belt. The top tether’s job is to hold the seat steady and keep the seat from flying forward in a Cedar Rapids car accident. Without the tether, a seat can move as much as eight inches forward. This can cause serious injury to a small child. Using the top tether really can make the difference between life and death.

The top tether is very easy to install, once you find the installation location. If you look at the end of the long strap, there is a hook. This attaches to a metal loop on your car. Your car manual should point out the location of all tether loops. Some common locations are:

  • The back of the back seat
  • Cargo area directly behind the back seat
  • In the trunk
  • Shelf below the back window
  • Rear door frame
  • Back wall of the vehicle

If you still can’t find the tether hook, a car seat technician can help. To schedule an appointment, call the Cedar Rapids Fire Department at 319-286-5268.

While a properly installed car seat greatly reduces the chance of injury in an Iowa car crash, only drivers can prevent car accidents. If you or your child is injured in a Cedar Rapids car accident, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims can help you learn about your rights. If you have questions or would like to discuss your claim with a car accident attorney in Cedar Rapids, please call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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