Nissan Patrol Wagon Anchor Point

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 17:46
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My husband and I have a 2003 Nissan Patrol Wagon and are trying to find out whether a 3rd child restraint anchor point can be fitted in the centre. The wagon has factory fitted left and right points, but no centre point....we assume that there isn't a centre point because of the middle split in the rear seat. Has anyone successfully installed one??? I've been told of a crab bar, but as of yet we can't find an engineer that seems to be able to help us????
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Reply By: Member - Martin- Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 18:04

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 18:04
Hi we have a Patrol wagon and looked into this and was informed that it is illegal to have an anchor point in the middle because of the split seats.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 11:05

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 11:05
G'day there,

I know it's not strictly legal and probably breaks a zillion ADRs (some of which are ludicrous anyway), but here's what we did when our tin-lids were younger.....

This only works if you have a cargo barrier...........(and if you DON'T have one; then you bloody-well should!!!! hahaha)

We (no, make that "I") fitted a horizontal steel bar on the back-side of the cargo barrier, just above the height of the back seat (about neck height). The bar was about 2 feet long; long enough to cover the distance between the 2 verical bars of the Milford barrier. I attached the child restraint anchor point to that bar, so that the weight was borne by the 2 centre uprights. If you wanted to be even safer, you'd simply make the horizontal bar go the whol width of the cargo barrier.

No, I didn't get it engineer certified. I never got pulled up and questioned by boys/girls in blue. Most importantly i never had an accident, so maybe i was a total fool for even thinking the cargo barrier was strong enough to do the job. But the way i see it, the cargo barrier is held in place by 4 high tensile bolts and the "load" is spread across the entire barrier and the 4 bolts. A normal baby seat/capsule anchor point is (in my mind) LESS safe as it is simply a captive nut on the under-side of the flimsy body work. OK it 'may' have a large washer to assist spread the load; but it is still relying on only ONE bolt and the size and quality of that bolt is unlikely to be of the same value of the system i had in place.

Good luck

Roachie
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Reply By: flappa - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 11:41

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 11:41
As already noted , you cant fit a point in the middle legally , regardless of how you try , due to the split seats.

There ARE ways around it , but , its on your head.

We have a harness for the middle seat that runs off the side point. We can do it that way , because you dont have the harness done up tight anyway. Unlike a Seat or capsule , where the restraint is tight.
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