Installaing a Centre 3-point seatbelt - Rick Laughton
Can anyone advise or recommend the best way to get a centre 3 point belt installed in a 1990 Nissan Primera?

Due to the imminent arrival of a baby - I am trying to fit 3 children in the back of my Primera. I have been told that it is not possible to fit a central inertia reel belt because of the lack of a decent fitting point. I am loathe to rely on just the lap belt (either for securing a car seat, or for my eldest child with only a booster seat), but am not sure of the safety of a fixed 3 point belt?

Any advice (estimated costs?) would be very gratefully received.
Re: Installaing a Centre 3-point seatbelt - honest john
I reckon that a static lap belt plus a second set of straps from the mounting points of the static lap belt are the safest wasy to fit a centre child seat. It's then very rigidly secured to the car and doesn't flop around all over the place as is common with child seats held in place with 3 point intertial reel belts.

HJ
Re: Installaing a Centre 3-point seatbelt - David Woollard
Rick,

HJ is right.

Most (all?) child seats have dual instructions for fitting to either three point or lap belts.

A seat can be fitted very tightly with just a lap belt. The fault is often more with excess slack than any inherrent problem with this method.

A seat fitted with a three point belt is still far from perfect, there is a tendancy for them to want to twist due to only being held at one side by the shoulder strap.

David
Re: Installaing a Centre 3-point seatbelt - Rick Laughton
David, HJ

Thanks for the replys - the problem is that the seat is a booster seat - therefore it is not actually fixed to the car by the belt. The belt will be used as with an adult.

Alternatively, I may just transfer the new baby's seat to the middle!
Re: Installaing a Centre 3-point seatbelt - David Woollard
Rick,

Yes that does make a difference!

I have been through these dilemmas over the recent years. Found leaving the baby seat in the middle a good option. Leaves maximum room either side to carry two more children on boosters or adults.

David
Re: Installaing a Centre 3-point seatbelt - Neil
Make sure that the lap-belt is fitted beneath the protrusions of the pelvis - the illiac crests? And then pull the belt tightly. If the lap-belt is too high then, in a frontal impact, it may ride over the pelvis and cause damage to internal organs and the lumbar spine.

On a plane - or even with a three-point belt - make sure that all slack is taken up.
 

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