Guide: 2014 Vehicles with Third-Row Latch and Tether Anchors


As soon as my mom friends find out what I do at work — Expert Mom for as well as an expert reviewer and certified child-safety seat technician — they pick my brain about family cars, car seats and fitting everyone comfortably and safely in the car. Because families are always growing, this topic comes up a lot.

Often, seemingly little things like additional lower Latch and top tether anchors can make or break a car in terms of its family-friendliness.

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By law, automakers have to put two sets of lower Latch anchors and three top tether anchors in a car's second row, but no such rules apply to the third row. The lack of a third-row tether anchor makes a vehicle less versatile when it comes to older kids in car seats: Using a top tether anchor with a forward-facing convertible seat reduces head and neck movement in a crash, reducing the risk of injury.

Many automakers skimp on this safety feature, but some all-stars offer more than one tether in the third row and even go the extra mile by offering third-row lower Latch anchors too. Check out our list of the three-row SUVs, crossovers and minivans that have one or more tether anchors in the third row; we also point out those that offer Latch anchors back there. This list doesn't include vehicles with optional third rows. Click here for the same list of 2013 models.


Three Third-Row Tether Anchors


Two Third-Row Tether Anchors


One Third-Row Tether Anchor photos by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | June 18, 2014 | Comments (0)


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