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  • BonnieT14 commented on torklugnutz's instructable DIY LATCH system retrofit11 months ago
    DIY LATCH system retrofit

    Okay, first off, seatbelts are WELDED to the frame of the car. If you think welding and nuts with bolts are the same thing then you are SADLY misinformed.Second, a carbiner clip is not able to withstand the force that is sustained in a 35mph crash, let alone anything approaching freeway speeds. That is the weight of the child, the seat times the force applied to them. They are not g-force rated. If you think this is good enough, go to an amusement park with a strap and a carbiner and tell them that you'll just clip yourself in. Go ahead.Third, carseats are designed to function within your car in a VERY specific way. Even if you didn't use the carbiner and just used the LATCH hooks on the retrofitted hardware the carseat would perform differently than intended. A carseat should not move ...see more »Okay, first off, seatbelts are WELDED to the frame of the car. If you think welding and nuts with bolts are the same thing then you are SADLY misinformed.Second, a carbiner clip is not able to withstand the force that is sustained in a 35mph crash, let alone anything approaching freeway speeds. That is the weight of the child, the seat times the force applied to them. They are not g-force rated. If you think this is good enough, go to an amusement park with a strap and a carbiner and tell them that you'll just clip yourself in. Go ahead.Third, carseats are designed to function within your car in a VERY specific way. Even if you didn't use the carbiner and just used the LATCH hooks on the retrofitted hardware the carseat would perform differently than intended. A carseat should not move more than inch in any direction at the beltpath. This, even fully tightened, would allow for more than that amount.Fourth, this is somebody's LIFE you're talking about. This isn't a "keep them still" seat this is their lifeline in the event of a crash. The WHOLE PURPOSE of this seat is to keep a tiny body alive through some pretty terrific forces. Isn't it worth it to you to spend the money to keep them safe and alive? There are a lot of things you can save money on out there, this isn't one of them. But perhaps you don't really care. If you do this and your child is seriously injured or killed in a car crash, guess who is going to go to jail? You. Because this is ILLEGAL. So care about that.

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