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I wrecked my Honda on Friday and I am driving a crappy old Ford Escort until it's fixed. It's a 1994 station wagon. The car seat I am using is a Britax Marathon. I have always used the LATCH system but I am reading through the manual and I REALLY do not like what the shoulder/lap belt has to offer in this car. My daughter is 2.5 and FF.
1. I don't have a way to attach the top anchor because it's a station wagon
2. I can't get the seatbelt to ratchet when I pull it all the way out ans allow it to recoil.
3. The center belt is a lap only and can be manually tightened but there is a ton of give when I use it on it's own.
What are my options here? Am I missing something? What is the best way to put this in? We have an eight hour round trip car ride so I need to feel good about it.
A 1994 car does not have top tethers or LATCH, so you cannot use either. I'm betting the vehicle doesn't have locking seat belts like you're used to, so it won't recoil when you pull it all the way out. Does your DD still fit RFing because that is the safest way for her to ride if there's no top tether.
If your car seat was in the car with you, occupied or not, it cannot be used again and must be replaced. If it wasn't and you need more help with an install, I personally can't help any more than that. However, on facebook, check out the group "Car Seats for the Littles". It's a bunch of car seat passionate people and techs, and I know someone there can help you out. You have to ask to be added, but once that happens, post your question there, and you'll get the answers you need.