Re: Advice on installing a car seat using goucho seat in our SMB
Rules will vary somewhat from state to state but I expect they will all be in compliance with FMVSS.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/Cars/rules/rul ... lRule.html
A surprising note is that it appears car seat use is not required in vehicles over 8500 lbs: "...NHTSA has decided to limit the applicability of the rule to passenger cars and to MPVs and trucks with a GVWR of 3,856 kg (8,500 lb) or less..." [Above link, Section VII, letter F.] Obviously I would still use a seat but I guess it could be used as a ticket defense if it ever came to that...
BITBURGER had latch tiedowns installed on his bench seat (I'm sure the construction is the same as a gauhco, just sideways.)
The same NHTSA website above shows that latch tiedowns should withstand 1190 lbs of force: "...tested separately by applying a force of 5,300 N (1,190 lb) to the anchorage in the forward horizontal direction parallel to the vehicle's longitudinal axis..." [Above link, Section VII, letter I.]
Here's NY's law for anybody interested: http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us/seat-vt.htm
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