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In row 2, 2001 Odysseys will have 2 lower anchors between the seat cushion and seat back, but ONLY in the 2nd ROW. Earlier Odysseys do not have lower anchors. These lower anchors MUST be used with a LATCH compatible child seat, and eliminate the use of seatbelts entirely. The Cosco Triad and Fisher Price Safe Embrace II are the two major compatible seats, with more on the way. For the second row, the upper tether anchor is under each seat, so the tether wraps around the back of the seat to reach it. This tether location is the one to be used with the standard top-tethers on ALL carseats. This is a great setup, and means that with a LATCH seat, the tethers and seatbelts will not be in the way of rear seat access. For the third row, there are no lower LATCH anchors. The are 3 top tether anchors on the sill of the liftgate, two of which have plastic covers. This applies for my 2001 LX, but may vary for earlier years/models. The manual shows the locations of all the tether points fairly well.
A good carseat installation will have a lot of force on the seat. You may want to use some type of seat cover to protect your fabric from gouges and tears (I bought this one at a local baby store http://www.princelionheart.com/travel3.html ). You should also have your installation checked by a professional if possible. Properly installed, a seat should have almost no wiggle at all; pushing on the seat should wiggle the whole vehicle. Some seats can not be properly installed in some vehicles and there's not much you can do. Our Britax Roundabout has been rock solid in our Odyssey and all our cars. We also have a Century Smart-Fit infant carrier (with base) that does have slight movement when installed. Both these seats are in the 2nd row. We are about to replace it with a FP Safe Embrace II or another Britax Roundabout. Supposedly Britax is releasing a LATCH compatible Roundabout in the "Early Spring"...
I have some good child safety and child seat links at http://www.caviller.comThese include a list of compatible seats and where to find a local inspector for your seat. Good luck.
I'm not associated with this guy in anyway and you'll need to ask him your questions. kinda make me wish I'd gotten the Navi now in my Odyssey.
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