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Old 12-11-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Child Safety Seats

I have searched the Airstream manual and can not find instructions or information about installation of child safety seats in our 2010 Interstate 3500 (lounge style).

Can anyone direct me to or supply me with the information? I have two grandchildren that would be very grateful.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Are you referring to the LATCH child seat system?
There was an odd bit of information rolling around one of the seldom used portions of my brain left over from a Safety Systems Class I took.
I did a quick search and confirmed the LATCH systems arenít required for vehicles above 8500 GVWR.
Hereís a link to the Sprinter Roadtrek site with more info.
No LATCH System in RVs? - Sprinter-Forum
Iím not familiar with the exact seating configuration of your Interstate however I would ďRead, Understand and Follow!Ē the child seat manufactures instructions on placement without a LATCH.
FYI our techs are told to not mess with child seats, and, if they have to remove them for any reason the seats should be put back in the car in such a manor that no kid could ever be put back in it. Upside down on the back seat is good. The liability issues are staggering.
Many Dealerships have a Certified Car Seat Safety Specialist. If you still have questions Iíd check with the Airstream or a Sprinter dealer to see if anyone is properly trained to install a child seat in the rig.

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Please contact Benz on this. They are the responsible compliance entity here and (should) have upfitter (AS) requirements or prohibitions in place. Don't take "not my problem" for an answer.
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Please contact Benz on this. They are the responsible compliance entity here and (should) have upfitter (AS) requirements or prohibitions in place. Don't take "not my problem" for an answer.
Agreed. The front and second-row seats are still Mercedes factory-original seats, just reupholstered and mounted on swivel bases.
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unfortunately, installing a child seat is NOT intuitive. Many are easy to hookup incorrectly. Many police departments and some fire departments have trained people who are happy to help you.
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Mercedes just told me that Airstream was responsible for the seats. I am sure Airstream will say that Mercedes is responsible. I think I am in a circle here.


Roadtrek kindly responded without being asked. Someone must have passed my question on to them. Thank you for your response. They said units of this size are not legally required to install them.

Has anyone taken any action on keeping child safety seats safe, either installing safety belts or holding the seats safely in place using other means? Anyone travel with their children or grandchildren?
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Has anyone taken any action on keeping child safety seats safe, either installing safety belts or holding the seats safely in place using other means? Anyone travel with their children or grandchildren?
We have belted in booster seats, also a regulation car seat.

I suspect they are thusly little more than extra space taken up, as the car seats in particular are not very secure this way.

The grandchildren we travel with are older now, and we belt them in with the seat belts installed in the bench area.

Not the best, but we do have the benefit of the world's best driver at the wheel.


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One possibility:

CARES - Child Aviation Restraint System. Suitable for children at least one year old that weigh between 22 and 44 pounds.

Airliner seats aren't exactly designed for infants either, and this is what the FAA recommends for them. Should work in an Interstate as well, I would think.

Available at Walmart: CARES Kids Fly Safe Harness Child Aviation Restraint System ? Walmart.com
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