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Old 09-16-2014, 06:04 AM   #1
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Child safety restraints

I have decided to sell my 2010 Airstream Interstate 3500 and a potential buyer asked about child safety restraints for the unit. Can someone point me to the information I need to reply to the potential buyer? I have not had children for thirty five years and I am not up on current laws for child safety equipment. I just listed the unit and this is the first response so I should be prepared to answer this for new owners.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:12 AM   #2
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Child safety restraints consist of a car seat of appropriate size for the child, mounted in place by the car seat's own mounting system, and secured by the seat belt system. No vehicle manufacturer supplies them, and the only provision for a child in the passenger seat should be an SRS override switch to turn off the airbag for that seat.
Any further information should be in the chassis owner's manual.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:45 AM   #3
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Unless they added the feature to the Grand Tour, I'm not aware of any Airstream Interstate that has provision for child safety seats. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 225 "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems" only applies to vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less. A Sprinter 3500, the base vehicle for an Airstream Interstate since about 2011, has a GVWR of 11,030 pounds and is therefore exempt.

You should be able to find child safety seat systems for use in aircraft that will attach to just a lap belt, without needing the standard anchorages found in passenger vehicles under 10,000 pounds GVWR. That's about the best you're going to get considering that Interstates don't have a child restraint anchorage system.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:18 PM   #4
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They also might mean LATCH safety system which at least my 2009 did not have, (nor did it have shoulder belts in that row), but the 2nd row Sienna Seats I installed have both. I don't know about later models but it would seem if you have shoulder harnesses, it would offer a secure system to attached child safety seats.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:25 PM   #5
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Child safety restraints

The child seat system that my daughter and son-in-law had for our Grandson was designed to use with the 'Latch' system, or a shoulder harness seat belt. In order to use the shoulder harness seat belt they supplied a clip that fastens on the seatbelt that clamps it firmly in place. We used this feature to haul our grandson from Chicago to our home last fall and it was very secure. We secured the seat in the the second row seat behind the driver.

I know of no Interstates that have the Latch system, but our 2014 has shoulder harness seat belts.


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Old 09-17-2014, 01:22 PM   #6
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I started to take my daughter on road trips when she was less than one year old. I secured the child safety seat using the lap seat belt to the passenger seat behind driver's seat. The child safety seat also has a long latch in the back, so I extended it all the way to latch it on a metal bar under the AI passenger seat. The child safety seat is very secure with these attachments and I never have any issue with it. Thanks!
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