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08 F250 40/20/40 rear bench with baby car seat

My wife is telling me the rear seat of my new crew cab truck has the "racheting" seat belts that are needed for car seat installation present on each of the outside positions on the 40/20/40 rear bench, but that the middle position doesn't have a racheting belt. She says the vehicle manual shows the middle is suppose to allow for installation of a baby car seat, though. So, we don't know if the middle belt is suppose to rachet and is defective, or if it is not a racheting belt. I called the local dealership and they're no help. I'll have to drive over there and have them open up a truck on the lot to see what that center belt does. Or, I'm hoping someone here can tell me if they have installed a child car seat in the center slot of a 40/20/40 rear bench.

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We'd like to move the seat ove to the center, where the console is now folded down.

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I don't know, but the center position may use the L.A.T.C.H system instead of the belt. Look for the small hook loops at the base of the seat in the back.



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The middle belt in my back seat does not ratchet. If the baby seat manual is not enough help, have you looked for a place around there that has someone certified to install these things? They actually teach classes on this stuff.

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Go to your local fire department. They are trained every year on how to install baby seats in newer vehicles.


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Thanks for all the help and suggestions. My wife knows how to install the car seat, we've been running around for close to 2 years with it in a few different vehicles. Currently, it is properly installed on one side of the rear bench in my truck using the racheting belt method. She wants to install it in the middle, and we believe ( based on the vehicle manual ) that the center belt should be ratching and therefore the seat could be installed there using that method. She prefers doing it that way, as opposed to the other. Based on info in this thread, I think it's safe to say the middle does not/is not suppose to be the racheting type. Thanks for the help on this. I'll let her know she'll just have to use the other method. And, I'm glad that the belt is not defective.

And for folks who come across this post in the future, your local fire dept can and will do a great job of installing these if you need help. My wife actually did take the class and fire dept install back 2 years ago to first learn the process. Since then she's been able to swap the seat into various vehicles.

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Personally, I've never trusted the ratchet for a baby seat. I never could get it tight enough for my liking. I had a 96' that I made my own latch system for.

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Now, your state may be different, but here I've been told that you can't legally put a child seat in the middle position. I have no idea why, but being from the great state of illinois there is no such thing as a law that makes sense.

The best suggestion has already been presented. That is to go to your local fire department. They have all been taught this stuff. I work a block away from my local FD, I think I will walk down there tomorrow and ask about the middle position stuff.

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I would think the ratcheting system is only used with a shoulder belt. I am 20+ years past using car seats, but I don't think the center rear position has a shoulder belt. Also, aren't the car seats supposed to face the rear of the vehicle to protect from whiplash? Too many rules nowadays.

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