Child Restraints Supplement
2001–2013 TRUCK CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY
SUPPLEMENT
Dodge/Ram
©2016 FCA US LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Dodge and Ram are registered trademarks of FCA US LLC.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
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INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
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INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — DODGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
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INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — RAM
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
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2 INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
CONTENTS
䡵 Welcome From FCA US LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
䡵 How To Use This Supplement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
INTRODUCTION 3
Welcome From FCA US LLC
How To Use This Supplement
If you have opened this guide, chances are you have
questions about the correct use of child restraints in your
vehicle. This supplement has been developed to help answer those questions. This document is intended to supplement the information provided in the Owner’s Manual
and/or User Guide that came with your vehicle. If you no
longer have your Owner’s Manual or User Guide, please
visit www.techauthority.com to order a replacement.
The first chapter of this supplement, “Installing Child
Restraints,” provides general information about the installation of child restraints in vehicles. It provides step-by-step
instructions for installing a car seat using either the seat
belts or the LATCH anchorages in your vehicle. Read this
section to learn how to:
This guide does not cover the proper selection of car seats or
the proper usage of car seats.
• Locate LATCH and Tether anchorages in vehicles
• Install a car seat using LATCH
• Install a car seat using seat belts
For questions about car seat selection and usage, please visit
NHTSA’s website: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/
Car-Seat-Safety.htm.
This section also includes key warnings about the misuse of
car seats. Read and follow all of these warnings when
transporting children in your vehicle.
NOTE: This website also features videos showing step-bystep installation of different types of car seats.
The remaining chapters provide information that is specific
for the Brand, Model and Model Year of your vehicle. To use
this section, first refer to the table of contents to find your
vehicle. Some listings will include a range of model years.
Click on the section for your vehicle to find information
about:
• Locating the LATCH anchorages in your vehicle
• Frequently asked questions about LATCH
• Directions for locating and using the Tether Anchorages
in your vehicle
• Seat belt systems in your vehicle for installing car seats
• Frequently asked questions about seat belts and car seats
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INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS
CONTENTS
䡵 Installing Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
䡵 How To Stow An Unused ALR Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . .7
䡵 Rear-Facing Car Seats And Air Bags . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
䡵 Installing Child Restraints Using The Vehicle
Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
䡵 Passenger Air Bag Disable (PAD) Indicator Light —
If Equipped. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
䡵 Passenger Airbag On/Off Switch – If Equipped . . . . .5
䡵 Lower Anchors And Tethers For CHildren (LATCH)
Restraint System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
䡵 Locating The LATCH And Tether Anchorages . . . . . .6
䡵 Installing Child Restraints Using The LATCH Lower
Anchorages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
䡵 Installing A Child Restraint With A Switchable
Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) — If Equipped . .7
䡵 Installing A Child Restraint With A Cinching Latch
Plate (CINCH) — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
䡵 Installing Child Restraints Using The Top Tether
Anchorage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS 5
Installing Child Restraints
Children 12 years or younger should ride properly buckled
up in a rear seat, if available. According to crash statistics,
children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seats
rather than in the front.
• has a medical condition which makes passenger airbag
inflation (deployment) a greater risk for the passenger
than the risk of hitting the dashboard (instrument panel)
or windshield in a crash.
Every state in the United States and all Canadian provinces
require that small children ride in proper restraint systems.
This is the law, and you can be prosecuted for ignoring it.
NOTE:
For
additional
information,
refer
to
www.seatcheck.org or call 1-866-SEATCHECK. Canadian
residents should refer to Transport Canada’s website for
additional
information:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/
motorvehiclesafety/safedrivers-childsafety-index53.htm
Rear-Facing Car Seats And Air Bags
Dodge Dakota – 2001-2004 (All Cabs)
WARNING!
• Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an
air bag. A deploying passenger Advanced Front Air
Bag can cause death or serious injury to a child 12
years or younger, including a child in a rear-facing
child restraint.
• Only use a rear-facing child restraint in a vehicle with
a rear seat.
Passenger Air Bag Disable (PAD) Indicator Light —
If Equipped
Dodge Dakota – 2005-2007 (Club Cab Only)
The PAD is an amber light located in the instrument panel
which tells the driver and front passenger when the front
passenger air bag is turned off. The PAD indicator light
illuminates to show that the passenger air bag will not
inflate during a collision requiring air bags. The PAD light
will illuminate when the passenger frontal air bag has been
turned off by using the manual ON/OFF switch. Refer to
your Owner’s Manual for additional information.
Passenger Airbag On/Off Switch – If Equipped
See your vehicle owner’s manual for instructions for turning this switch on and off. The passenger front airbag is to
be turned off only if the passenger:
• is an infant (less than 1 year old) who must ride in the
front seat because there is no rear seat, because the rear
seat is too small for a rear-facing infant restraint or
because the infant has a medical condition which makes
it necessary for the driver to be able to see the infant,
• is a child, age 1 to 12 who must ride in the front seat
because there is no rear seat, because there is no rear seat
position available, or because the child has a medical
condition which makes it necessary for the driver to be
able to see the child,
All Cabs for the Following Vehicles:
• Dodge Ram 1500 – 2001 Model Year
• Dodge Ram 2500/3500 – 2001-2002 Model Years
6 INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS
Locating The LATCH And Tether Anchorages
The lower anchorages are round bars that are found at the
rear of the seat cushion where it meets the seatback. If the bars are not readily visible, they are
located below the anchorage symbols on the seatback (if equipped). You will easily feel them if you
run your finger along the gap between the seatback and seat cushion.
Regular Cab Only for the following Vehicles:
• Dodge Ram 1500 – 2002-2007 Model Years
• Dodge Ram 2500/3500 – 2003-2009 Model Years
• Dodge Ram Chassis Cab 3500/4500/5500 – 2003-2009
Model Years
Lower Anchors And Tethers For CHildren (LATCH)
Restraint System
There are tether strap anchorages behind most
rear seating positions. See the section “LATCH
and Tethers in Your Vehicle” for more information
about finding tethers in your vehicle, as they may
be located on the back of the seat, on the floor or in the roof.
Some many be hidden behind a panel or cover.
Always follow the directions of the child restraint manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Not all child
restraint systems will be installed as described here.
Installing Child Restraints Using The LATCH Lower
Anchorages
1. If the selected seating position has a Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) seat belt, stow the seat
belt, following the instructions below. See the section
“Seat Belt Systems in Your Vehicle” to check what type of
seat belt each seating position has.
2. Loosen the adjusters on the lower straps and on the
tether strap of the child seat so that you can more easily
attach the hooks or connectors to the vehicle anchorages.
Your vehicle is equipped with the child restraint anchorage
system called LATCH, which stands for Lower Anchors and
Tethers for CHildren. The LATCH system has three vehicle
anchor points for installing LATCH-equipped child seats.
There are two lower anchorages located at the back of the
seat cushion where it meets the seatback and one top tether
anchorage located behind the seating position. These anchorages are used to install LATCH-equipped child seats
without using the vehicle’s seat belts. Some seating positions may have a top tether anchorage but no lower anchorages. In these seating positions, the seat belt must be used
with the top tether anchorage to install the child restraint.
NOTE: The LATCH system was phased into vehicles during
the 2000–2002 model years. Certain 2001 and 2002 model
year trucks did not feature lower anchorages. These vehicles
had tether anchorages only. See the section “LATCH and
Tethers in Your Vehicle” for more information.
3. Place the child seat between the lower anchorages for
that seating position. For some second row seats, you
may need to recline the seat and/or raise the head
restraint to get a better fit. If the rear seat can be moved
forward and rearward in the vehicle, you may wish to
move it to its rear-most position to make room for the
child seat. You may also move the front seat forward to
allow more room for the child seat.
4. Attach the lower hooks or connectors of the child restraint to the lower anchorages in the selected seating
position.
5. If the child restraint has a tether strap, connect it to the
top tether anchorage. See the section “LATCH and Tethers in Your Vehicle” for directions to attach a tether
anchor.
6. Tighten all of the straps as you push the child restraint
rearward and downward into the seat. Remove slack in
the straps according to the child restraint manufacturer’s
instructions.
7. Test that the child restraint is installed tightly by pulling
back and forth on the child seat at the belt path. It should
not move more than 1 inch (25.4 mm) in any direction.
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS 7
How To Stow An Unused ALR Seat Belt
When using the LATCH attaching system to install a child
restraint, stow all ALR seat belts that are not being used by
other occupants or being used to secure child restraints. An
unused belt could injure a child if they play with it and
accidentally lock the seat belt retractor. Before installing a
child restraint using the LATCH system, buckle the seat belt
behind the child restraint and out of the child’s reach. If the
buckled seat belt interferes with the child restraint installation, instead of buckling it behind the child restraint, route
the seat belt through the child restraint belt path and then
buckle it. Do not lock the seat belt. Remind all children in
the vehicle that the seat belts are not toys and that they
should not play with them.
WARNING!
• Improper installation of a child restraint to the
LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of the restraint.
The child could be badly injured or killed. Follow the
child restraint manufacturer’s directions exactly when
installing an infant or child restraint.
• Child restraint anchorages are designed to withstand
only those loads imposed by correctly-fitted child
restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used
for adult seat belts, harnesses, or for attaching other
items or equipment to the vehicle.
Installing Child Restraints Using The Vehicle Seat
Belt
vehicle, you may wish to move it to its rear-most position
to make room for the child seat. You may also move the
front seat forward to allow more room for the child seat.
2. Pull enough of the seat belt webbing from the retractor to
pass it through the belt path of the child restraint. Do not
twist the belt webbing in the belt path.
3. Slide the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a
“click.”
4. Pull on the webbing to make the lap portion tight against
the child seat.
5. To lock the seat belt, pull down on the shoulder part of
the belt until you have pulled all the seat belt webbing
out of the retractor. Then, allow the webbing to retract
back into the retractor. As the webbing retracts, you will
hear a clicking sound. This means the seat belt is now in
the Automatic Locking mode.
6. Try to pull the webbing out of the retractor. If it is locked,
you should not be able to pull out any webbing. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat step 5.
7. Finally, pull up on any excess webbing to tighten the lap
portion around the child restraint while you push the
child restraint rearward and downward into the vehicle
seat.
8. If the child restraint has a top tether strap and the seating
position has a top tether anchorage, connect the tether
strap to the anchorage and tighten the tether strap. See
the section “LATCH and Tethers in Your Vehicle” for
directions to attach a tether anchor.
The seat belts in the passenger seating positions are
equipped with either a Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) or a cinching latch plate or both. Both types of
seat belts are designed to keep the lap portion of the seat belt
tight around the child restraint so that it is not necessary to
use a locking clip.
9. Test that the child restraint is installed tightly by pulling
back and forth on the child seat at the belt path. It should
not move more than 1 inch (25.4 mm) in any direction.
The ALR retractor can be “switched” into a locked mode by
pulling all of the webbing out of the retractor and then letting
the webbing retract back into the retractor. If it is locked, the
ALR will make a clicking noise while the webbing is pulled
back into the retractor. For additional information on ALR,
refer to the section “Seat Belt Systems in Your Vehicle.” The
cinching latch plate is designed to hold the lap portion of the
seat belt tight when webbing is pulled tight and straight
through a child restraint’s belt path.
WARNING!
When installing a forward-facing child restraint, always use
the tether anchor up to the maximum weight allowed. See
the section “LATCH and Tethers in Your Vehicle” for more
information about LATCH weight limits.
Installing A Child Restraint With A Switchable
Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) — If Equipped
1. Place the child seat in the center of the seating position.
For some second row seats, you may need to recline the
seat and/or raise the head restraint to get a better fit. If
the rear seat can be moved forward and rearward in the
Any seat belt system will loosen with time, so check the belt
occasionally, and pull it tight if necessary.
Do not use the Automatic Locking Mode to restrain
occupants who are wearing the seat belt or children who
are using booster seats. The locked mode is only used to
install rear-facing or forward-facing child restraints that
have a harness for restraining the child.
Installing A Child Restraint With A Cinching Latch
Plate (CINCH) — If Equipped
1. Place the child seat in the center of the seating position.
For some second row seats, you may need to recline the
seat and/or raise the head restraint to get a better fit. If
the rear seat can be moved forward and rearward in the
vehicle, you may wish to move it to its rear-most position
to make room for the child seat. You may also move the
front seat forward to allow more room for the child seat.
2. Next, pull enough of the seat belt webbing from the
retractor to pass it through the belt path of the child
restraint. Do not twist the belt webbing in the belt path.
8 INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS
3. Slide the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a
“click.”
4. Finally, pull up on any excess webbing to tighten the lap
portion around the child restraint while you push the
child restraint rearward and downward into the vehicle
seat.
5. If the child restraint has a top tether strap and the seating
position has a top tether anchorage, connect the tether
strap to the anchorage and tighten the tether strap. See
the section “LATCH and Tethers in Your Vehicle” for
directions to attach a tether anchor.
6. Test that the child restraint is installed tightly by pulling
back and forth on the child seat at the belt path. It should
not move more than 1 inch (25.4 mm) in any direction.
Any seat belt system will loosen with time, so check the belt
occasionally, and pull it tight if necessary.
If the buckle or the cinching latch plate is too close to the belt
path opening of the child restraint, you may have trouble
tightening the seat belt. If this happens, disconnect the latch
plate from the buckle and twist the short buckle-end belt up
to three full turns to shorten it. Insert the latch plate into the
buckle with the release button facing out, away from the
child restraint. Repeat steps 4 to 6, above, to complete the
installation of the child restraint.
If the belt still cannot be tightened after you shorten the
buckle, disconnect the latch plate from the buckle, turn the
buckle around one half turn, and insert the latch plate into
the buckle again. If you still cannot make the child restraint
installation tight, try a different seating position.
Installing Child Restraints Using The Top Tether
Anchorage
See the section “LATCH and Tethers in Your Vehicle” for
specific instructions for using the tether anchorages in your
vehicle.
WARNING!
Do not attach a tether strap for a rear-facing car seat to
any location in front of the car seat, including the seat
frame or a tether anchorage. Only attach the tether strap
of a rear-facing car seat to the tether anchorage that is
approved for that seating position, located behind the
top of the vehicle seat. See the section “LATCH and
Tethers in Your Vehicle” for the location of approved
tether anchorages in your vehicle.
WARNING!
• In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny baby,
can become a projectile inside the vehicle. The force
required to hold even an infant on your lap could
become so great that you could not hold the child, no
matter how strong you are. The child and others could
be severely injured or killed. Any child riding in your
vehicle should be in a proper restraint for the child’s
size.
• Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an
air bag. A deploying Passenger Advanced Front Air
Bag can cause death or serious injury to a child 12
years or younger, including a child in a rear-facing
child restraint.
• Only use a rear-facing child restraint in a vehicle with
a rear seat.
• Improper installation of a child restraint to the
LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or
child restraint. The child could be severely injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly
when installing an infant or child restraint.
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchor positions directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the
strap.
WARNING!
If your vehicle is equipped with in-floor storage, do not
install a rear-facing car seat using a rear support leg in
this vehicle. The floor of this vehicle is not designed to
manage the crash forces of this type of car seat. In a
crash, the support leg may not function as it was
designed by the car seat manufacturer, and your child
may be more severely injured as a result.
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — DODGE
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INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE —
DODGE
CONTENTS
䡵 DODGE DAKOTA, 2001–2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage . . .28
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
䡵 DODGE RAM 2500/3500, 2001–2009 . . . . . . . . . . . .36
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage . . .13
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .36
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
䡵 DODGE DAKOTA, 2005–2011. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage . . .39
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
䡵 DODGE RAM CHASSIS CAB, 2007–2010 . . . . . . . .44
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage . . .20
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .44
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
䡵 DODGE RAM 1500, 2001–2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage . . .46
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .24
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
10 INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — DODGE
DODGE DAKOTA, 2001–2004
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle
Club Cab (2003–2004 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2003–2004 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2003–2004 Model Years)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
Club Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — DODGE
Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
NOTE: 2001-2002 Dodge Dakota did not have lower anchorages.
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Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
Regular Cab models have two tether anchorages,
one behind each passenger seating position (front
center and right seat positions).
Club Cab and Quad Cab models have three anchorages, one
behind each of the rear seat positions (rear left, center, and
right seat positions).
2003-2004 Model Year Only: Club Cab models have an
additional tether anchorage on the back of the front passenger seat.
Standard and Club Cab Front Passenger Seat
(2003-2004 Model Years)
Regular Cab Front Passenger Seat
(2001-2004 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Loop
2. Tether Strap Hook
3. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
4. Tether Strap
Club Cab Right Rear Seat (2003-2004 Model Years)
Regular Cab Center Seat – Bench Seat Only
(2001-2004 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
Quad Cab Rear Seat (2003-2004 Model Years)
2. Anchor Strap Loop
3. Child Seat
4. Tether Strap Hook
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Club or Quad Cab Rear Seat (2001-2004 Model Years)
Club Cab Front Passenger Seat (2003-2004 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Loop
2. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
3. Tether Strap Hook
4. Tether Strap
Frequently Asked Questions About LATCH
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the comthe child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
bined weight of the child and the child restraint is
system to attach the child restraint?
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt alone instead of the
LATCH anchorage system once the combined weight
is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
No
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
used together to attach a rear-facing or forwardanchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
facing child restraint.
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
No
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
lower LATCH anchorage?
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
Yes
The child seat may touch the back of the front pasthe front passenger seat?
senger seat if the child restraint manufacturer also
allows contact. See your child restraint owner’s
manual for more information.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
2003–2004 Quad Cab
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
No
Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install a child
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
seat in the center seating position.
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — DODGE
Center Seat LATCH
Quad Cab (2003–2004 Model Years)
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Front Center Seat - To attach the tether strap to the tether
anchorage:
1. Place the child restraint on the front center seat.
WARNING!
• Do not install a child restraint in the center position
using the LATCH system. This position is not approved for installing child seats using the LATCH
attachments. You must use the seat belt and tether
anchor to install a child seat in the center seating
position.
• Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more
than one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling
Child Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for
typical installation instructions.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the seat.
3. Thread the tether strap through the anchor strap loop,
located directly behind the center seat.
4. Route the tether strap across to the anchor strap loop
installed behind the front passenger seat.
5. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the
anchor strap metal ring found inside the anchor strap
loop behind the front passenger seating position.
6. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage
Regular Cab (2001-2004 Model Years)
Front Passenger Seat - To attach the tether strap to the tether
anchorage:
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the seat.
3. Thread the tether strap through the anchor strap loop,
located directly behind the passenger seat.
4. Route the tether strap across to the anchor strap loop
installed behind the center seat.
Regular Cab Center Seat – Bench Seat Only
(2001-2004 Model Years)
5. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the
anchor strap metal ring found inside the anchor strap
loop behind the center seating position.
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
6. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Child Seat
Regular Cab Front Passenger Seat
(2001-2004 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Loop
2. Tether Strap Hook
3. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
4. Tether Strap
2. Anchor Strap Loop
4. Tether Strap Hook
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Club Cab Front Passenger Seat (2003-2004 Model Years)
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the seat.
3. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the
top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: Every Club Cab model has a cab-back panel with a
flip-down door (padded bolster). The tether straps are
located behind this door.
Multiple Child Restraint Installation Sequence – Club
Cab/Quad Cab Rear Seat
1. Thread the child restraint tether strap hook through the
anchor strap loop, located directly behind the child
restraint.
2. After following step 1 for either of the two outer seats,
route the tether strap hook to the metal ring on the
anchor strap behind the center seat and attach the hook to
the metal ring.
3. After following step 1 for the center child restraint, route
the tether strap hook to the metal ring on the anchor strap
loop, located behind the passenger’s seat. Attach the
tether strap hook to the anchor strap metal ring.
NOTE: Two Anchors must be used for each of the three
seating positions as shown in the diagram.
Club Cab Front Passenger Seat (2003-2004 Model Years)
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Front Air Bag can cause
death or serious injury to a child 12 years or younger,
including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Club Cab/Quad Cab Rear Seat (2001-2004 Model Years)
1. Route the child restraint tether strap through the anchor
strap loop, located directly behind the child restraint.
2. Route the tether strap across to the next nearest installed
anchor strap loop, and attach the tether strap hook to the
anchor strap metal ring.
3. Remove the slack in the tether strap so that both anchor
straps are pulled tight.
Club Cab/Quad Cab Rear Seat (2001-2004 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Loop
2. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
3. Tether Strap Hook
4. Tether Strap
Multiple Child Restraint Installation Sequence
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring(s)
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Strap Hook
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Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
Lap/Shoulder Belt Systems For Installing Child Restraints
In This Vehicle
Club Cab (2003–2004 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2003–2004 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2003–2004 Model Years)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
Club Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per
Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
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Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
The Tether Anchor can be used with the seat belt
65 lbs
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
(29.5 kg)
until the combined weight of the child and the
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
child restraint is 65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt
restraint?
without the Tether Anchor once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
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DODGE DAKOTA, 2005–2011
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle
No Rear Seat Extended Cab (2008–2011 Model Years)
No Rear Seat Club Cab (2005–2007 Model Years)
Rear Jump Seat Extended Cab (2008–2011 Model Years)
Rear Jump Seat Club Cab (2005–2007 Model Years)
Crew Cab (2008–2011 Model Years)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
Quad Cab (2005–2007 Model Years)
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per
Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
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Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
The front outboard passenger seating position is also
equipped with a child tether anchorage, located at the base
of the front seat back.
When there is a rear seat delete option, the tether anchorage
located on the cab back panel is designed to be used for the
front seat center seating position.
Front Passenger Seat, Club Cab (2005-2007 Model Years)
Rear Seat Tether Strap Routing Loop, Club
Cab/Extended Cab (2005-2011 Model Years)
Rear Passenger Side Seat, Club Cab/Extended Cab
(2005-2011 Model Years)
Rear Anchorage Location – Shared by Both Rear Seats,
Club Cab/Extended Cab (2005-2011 Model Years)
Rear Seat Quad Cab/Crew Cab (2005-2011 Model Years)
Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
Club Cab/Extended Cab Models (2005-2011
Model Years)
A tether strap routing loop is located behind each
of the rear outboard seating positions. The tether
anchor itself is located in the center of vehicle, in between
the two seating positions. This anchorage is shared by the
outboard seating positions and two child restraints may be
connected to this anchorage.
Front Passenger Seat – Club Cab/Extended Cab
(2005-2011 Model Years)
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — DODGE
Front Center Seat – Club Cab/Extended Cab
(2005-2011 Model Years) – Rear Seat Delete Option Only
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Quad Cab/Crew Cab Tether Anchorages
(2005-2011 Model Years)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Models (2005-2011 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring(s)
There is a tether anchorage located behind each of the rear
seating positions (rear left, rear center, and rear right).
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Strap Hook
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
the child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
system to attach the child restraint?
About LATCH
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the combined weight of the child and the child restraint is
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt and tether anchor
instead of the LATCH system once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
No
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
used together to attach a rear-facing or forwardanchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
facing child restraint.
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
No
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
lower LATCH anchorage?
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Quad Cab, 2005–2007 Model Years
Crew Cab, 2008–2011 Model Years
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
Yes
You can install child restraints with flexible lower
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
anchors in the center position.
2005–2006 Model Years
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
No
Contact between the front passenger seat and a child
the front passenger seat?
restraint can affect the passenger airbag suppression
system. See the vehicle owner’s manual for more
information about the occupant classification system
in your vehicle.
2007–2011 Model Years
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
Yes
The child seat may touch the back of the front pasthe front passenger seat?
senger seat if the child restraint manufacturer also
allows contact. See your child restraint owner’s
manual for more information.
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Center Seat LATCH
Quad Cab/Crew Cab (2005-2011 Model Years)
Do not install child restraints with rigid lower attachments
in the center seating position. Only install this type of child
restraint in the outboard seating positions. Child restraints
with flexible, webbing mounted lower attachments can be
installed in any rear seating position.
WARNING!
Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more than
one child restraint. If you are installing LATCHcompatible child restraints next to each other, you must
use the seat belt for the center position. You can then use
either the LATCH anchors or the vehicle’s seat belt for
installing child seats in the outboard positions. Please
refer to ⴖInstalling Child Restraints Using the LATCH
Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child
Restraintsⴖ for typical installation instructions.
Front Center Seat, Club Cab/Extended Cab, Rear Seat
Delete Option (2005-2011 Model Years)
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seat and
back to the tether anchorage on the back of the cab.
3. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the
top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage
Front Passenger Seat, Club Cab/Extended Cab (2005-2011
Model Years)
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger seat.
2. Raise the head restraint, and where possible, route the
tether strap under the head restraint and between the two
posts. If not possible, lower the head restraint and pass
the tether strap around the outboard side of the head
restraint.
3. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the
top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Front Passenger Seat Tether Anchorage, Club Cab/Extended
Cab (2005-2011 Model Years)
Front Center Seat Tether Anchorage, Club Cab/Extended
Cab, Rear Seat Delete Option (2005-2011 Model Years)
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Front Air Bag can cause
death or serious injury to a child 12 years or younger,
including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
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Rear Passenger Seat, Club Cab/Extended Cab (2005-2011
Model Years)
1. Route the child restraint tether strap through the anchor
strap loop, located directly behind the child restraint. The
anchor strap loops are located behind the flip-down door
on the cab back panel (padded bolster).
2. Route the tether strap across to the center tether anchorage. The center tether is located behind the flip-down
cover in the center of the vehicle, between the two seating
positions.
3. Remove the slack in the tether strap so that the anchor
strap is pulled tight.
Rear Seat Tether Anchorages, Quad Cab/Crew Cab
(2005-2011 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring(s)
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Strap Hooks
Multiple Child Restraint Installation Sequence – Quad
Cab/Crew Cab Rear Seat
1. Thread the child restraint tether strap hook through the
anchor strap loop, located directly behind the child
restraint.
2. After following step 1 for either of the two outer seats,
route the tether strap hook to the metal ring on the
anchor strap behind the center seat and attach the hook to
the metal ring.
3. After following step 1 for the center child restraint, route
the tether strap hook to the metal ring on the anchor strap
loop, located behind the passenger’s seat.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor strap metal
ring.
5. Remove the slack in the tether straps so that the anchor
straps are all pulled tight.
NOTE: Two Anchors must be used for each of the three
seating positions as shown in the diagram.
Rear Passenger Seat, Quad Cab/Crew Cab (2005-2011
Model Years)
1. Route the child restraint tether strap under the head
restraint for the outboard seating positions, and then
through the anchor strap loop, located directly behind
the child restraint.
2. Route the tether strap across to the nearest installed
anchor strap loop, and attach the tether strap hook to the
anchor strap metal ring.
3. Remove the slack in the tether strap so that both anchor
straps are pulled tight.
NOTE: Two Anchors must be used for any of the three
seating positions.
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Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
Lap/Shoulder Belt Systems For Installing Child Restraints
In This Vehicle
Rear Jump Seat Extended Cab (2008-2011 Model Years)
No Rear Seat Club Cab (2005–2007 Model Years)
Crew Cab (2008–2011 Model Years)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
Rear Jump Seat Club Cab (2005–2007 Model Years)
•
•
Quad Cab (2005–2007 Model Years)
No Rear Seat Extended Cab (2008–2011 Model Years)
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per
Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
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Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
Weight Limit Always use the tether anchor when using the seat
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
of the Child
belt to install a forward facing child restraint, up
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
Restraint
to the recommended weight limit of the child rerestraint?
straint.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
2005–2006 Model Years
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
No
Contact between the front passenger seat and a
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint can affect the passenger airbag suppression system. See the vehicle owner’s manual
for more information about the occupant classification system in your vehicle.
2007–2011 Model Years
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
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DODGE RAM 1500, 2001–2009
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle:
Regular Cab (2008–2009 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
Regular Cab (2006–2007 Model Years)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
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Mega Cab (2006–2008 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2006–2008 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per
Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
NOTE: 2001-2002 Dodge Ram 1500 did not have lower
anchorages.
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Full Bench (2009 Model Year)
Regular Cab Front Passenger Seat Anchorages
(2003-2007 Model Years)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Split Bench (2009 Model Year)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Full Bench Rear Seat
(2003-2009 Model Years)
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Mega Cab Rear Seats (2006 - 2008 Model Years) and Quad
Cab/Crew Cab Split Bench Seats (2009 Model Year)
Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
Quad Cab Rear Seats (2001 Model Year)
1. Anchor Strap Loop
2. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
2001 Model Year
3. Tether Strap Hook
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages
behind the front center and right seats
4. Tether Strap
Quad Cab models have tether strap anchorages located
behind each of the rear seats.
The Quad Cab model without a rear seat (rear seat delete
option) has an anchorage for the center seat on the rear
panel of the cab behind the center front seat, and an
anchorage for the right passenger seat on the inboard seat
adjuster.
Quad Cab Front Passenger, With Rear Seat Delete
Option (2001 Model Year)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Anchorage
3. Tether Strap Hook
Regular Cab, Center And Right Front Seat (2001 Model
Year)
4. Tether Strap
1. Tether Strap
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
4. Tether Strap Hook
Quad Cab Front Center, With Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001 Model Year)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Anchorage
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2002–2009 Model Years
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages behind
the front center and right seats. Quad Cab, Mega Cab and
Crew Cab models have tether strap anchorages located
behind each of the rear seats.
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Tether Anchorages
(2002-2009 Model Years)
Regular Cab Tether Anchorages (2002-2009 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Tether Anchorages
(2002-2009 Model Years)
Mega Cab Tether Anchorages (2006-2008 Model Years)
Frequently Asked Questions About LATCH
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
No
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
used together to attach a rear-facing or forwardanchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
facing child restraint.
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
No
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
lower LATCH anchorage?
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
Yes
The child seat may touch the back of the front pasthe front passenger seat?
senger seat if the child restraint manufacturer also
allows contact. See your child restraint owner’s
manual for more information.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Quad Cab, 2002–2008 Model Years
Quad Cab/Crew Cab with Full Bench Seat, 2009 Model Year
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
No
Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install a child
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
seat in the center seating position.
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Frequently Asked Questions About LATCH
2002–2008 Model Years
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the comthe child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
bined weight of the child and the child restraint is
system to attach the child restraint?
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt alone instead of the
LATCH anchorage system once the combined weight
is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
2009 Model Year
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the com(29.5 kg)
bined weight of the child and the child restraint is
the child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
system to attach the child restraint?
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt and tether anchor
instead of the LATCH system once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Center Seat LATCH
Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage
Quad Cab (2003–2008 Model Years), Quad Cab/Crew Cab
Full Bench Seat (2009 Model Year)
2001 Model Year
WARNING!
• Do not install a child restraint in the center position
using the LATCH system. This position is not approved for installing child seats using the LATCH
attachments. You must use the seat belt and tether
anchor to install a child seat in the center seating
position.
• Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more
than one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling
Child Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for
typical installation instructions.
Regular Cab, Center and Right Front Seats (2001 Model
Year)
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger or center
seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seat and
back to the tether anchorage on the back of the cab.
3. Lift the cover (if equipped with one) and attach the tether
strap hook of the child restraint to the top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Mega Cab (2006–2008 Model Years), Quad Cab/Crew Cab
Split Bench Seat (2009 Model Years)
If a child restraint installed in the center position blocks the
seat belt webbing or buckle for the outboard position, do not
use that outboard position. If a child seat in the center
position blocks the outboard LATCH anchors or seat belt, do
not install a child seat in that outboard position.
WARNING!
Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more than
one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling Child
Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the
section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for typical installation instructions.
Regular Cab, Center And Right Front Seat
(2001 Model Year)
1. Tether Strap
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
4. Tether Strap Hook
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Quad Cab, Front Passenger Seat, Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001 Model Year)
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seat and
down to the tether anchorage located at the bottom rear
of the seat, on the inboard seat adjuster.
3. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the
top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Quad Cab Front Center, With Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001 Model Year)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Anchorage
WARNING!
Quad Cab Front Passenger, With Rear Seat Delete
Option (2001 Model Year)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Anchorage
3. Tether Strap Hook
4. Tether Strap
Quad Cab, Center Front Seat, Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001 Model Year)
1. Place the child restraint on the front center seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seat and
back to the tether anchorage on the back of the cab.
3. Lift the cover (if equipped with one) and attach the tether
strap hook of the child restraint to the top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Front Air Bag can cause
death or serious injury to a child 12 years or younger,
including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Regular Cab/Mega Cab (2002-2009 Model Years)
In the regular cab truck, the top tether anchorages are
located behind the center and right passenger seats. In the
mega cab truck, the top tether anchorages are located
behind each rear seating position. There is a plastic cover
over each anchorage. To attach the tether strap of the child
restraint:
1. Place the child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint and to the tether anchorage directly behind
the seat.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
between the anchorage and the child seat. The tether
strap should go between the head restraint posts underneath the head restraint. You may need to adjust the head
restraint to the upward position to pass the tether strap
underneath the head restraint and between its posts.
3. Lift the cover (if so equipped), and attach the tether strap
hook to the square opening in the sheet metal.
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4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
Regular Cab Tether Anchorages (2002-2009 Model Years)
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the center anchor strap
metal ring (see diagram).
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
NOTE: If there are child seats in both of the outboard (left
and right) seating positions, the tether strap hooks of both
child seats should be connected to the center anchor strap
metal ring. This is the correct way to tether two outboard
child seats.
Mega Cab Tether Anchorages (2006-2008 Model Years)
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Front Air Bag can cause
death or serious injury to a child 12 years or younger,
including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Quad Cab (2001-2008 Model Years)
The top tether anchorages in this vehicle are tether strap
loops located between the rear glass and the back of the rear
seat. There is a tether strap loop located behind each seating
position. Follow the steps below to attach the tether strap of
the child restraint.
Right or Left Outboard Seats:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the anchorage behind the center seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the center tether anchorage.
Multiple Child Restraints, Quad Cab
(2001-2008 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring(s)
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Strap Hook
Center Seat:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the anchorage behind the passenger side
outboard seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the right outboard tether anchorage.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor strap metal
ring behind the right outboard seating position.
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
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Installing Three Child Restraints:
1. Place a child restraint on each outboard rear seat. Route
the tether straps following the directions for right and left
seating positions, above.
2. Attach both tether strap hooks to the center anchor strap
metal ring, but do not tighten the straps yet.
3. Place a child restraint on the center rear seat. Route the
tether strap following the directions for the center seating
position, above.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the passenger side outboard anchor strap metal ring.
5. Tighten the tether straps according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions, tightening the right and left
tether straps before the center tether strap.
WARNING!
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchorage position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the
strap.
Tether Strap Loop With Center Head Restraint In Raised
Position
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind the center
seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the center tether strap loop.
Quad Cab/Crew Cab (2009 Model Year)
The top tether anchorages in this vehicle are tether strap
loops located between the rear glass and the back of the rear
seat. There is a tether strap loop located behind each seating
position. Follow the steps below to attach the tether strap of
the child restraint.
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
Tether Strap Through Outboard Tether Strap Loop
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the center tether strap
loop (see diagram).
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
Head Restraint In Raised Position
Tether Strap Through Outboard Tether Strap Loop And
Attached To Center Tether Strap Loop
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NOTE: If there are child seats in both of the outboard (left
and right) seating positions, the tether strap hooks of both
child seats should be connected to the center tether strap
loop. This is the correct way to tether two outboard child
seats.
Center Seat:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
Tether Strap Through Center Tether Strap Loop And
Attached To Outboard Tether Strap Loop
Installing Three Child Restraints:
1. Place a child restraint on each outboard rear seat. Route
the tether straps following the directions for right and left
seating positions, above.
2. Attach both tether strap hooks to the center tether strap
loop, but do not tighten the straps yet.
Tether Strap Loop With Head Restraint In Raised Position
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind either the
right or left outboard seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the right or left outboard tether strap
loop.
3. Place a child restraint on the center rear seat. Route the
tether strap following the directions for the center seating
position, above.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the outboard tether strap
loop.
5. Tighten the tether straps according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions, tightening the right and left
tether straps before the center tether strap.
Left Outboard And Center Seating Position Shown
Tether Strap Through Center Tether Strap Loop
WARNING!
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the outboard tether strap
loop (see diagram).
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchorage position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the
strap.
5.
Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
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Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
Lap/Shoulder Belt Systems For Installing Child Restraints
In This Vehicle:
Regular Cab (2008–2009 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
Regular Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
Regular Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2006–2007 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
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Quad Cab (2006–2008 Model Years)
Mega Cab (2006–2008 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Full Bench (2009 Model Year)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Split Bench (2009 Model Year)
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
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Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
2001–2008 Model Years
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
The Tether Anchor can be used with the seat belt
65 lbs
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
(29.5 kg)
until the combined weight of the child and the
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
child restraint is 65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt
restraint?
without the Tether Anchor once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
2009 Model Year
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
Weight limit
Always use the tether anchor when using the seat
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
of the Child
belt to install a forward facing child restraint, up
to the recommended weight limit of the child rewith the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
Restraint
straint.
restraint?
WARNING!
Do not install a rear-facing car seat using a rear support
leg in this vehicle. The floor of this vehicle is not
designed to manage the crash forces of this type of car
seat. In a crash, the support leg may not function as it
was designed by the car seat manufacturer, and your
child may be more severely injured as a result.
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DODGE RAM 2500/3500, 2001–2009
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle
Quad Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2006–2009 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
Regular Cab (2006–2009 Model Years)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
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Mega Cab (2006–2009 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
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Mega Cab Anchorages (2006-2009 Model Years)
Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
2001–2002 Model Years
•
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages
behind the front center and right seats
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per
Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
NOTE: 2001-2002 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 did not have
lower anchorages.
Regular Cab Anchorages (2003–2009 Model Years)
Quad Cab models have tether strap anchorages located
behind each of the rear seats.
The Quad Cab model without a rear seat (rear seat delete
option) has an anchorage for the center seat on the rear
panel of the cab behind the center front seat, and an
anchorage for the right passenger seat on the inboard seat
adjuster.
Regular Cab, Center And Right Front Seat
(2001-2002 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Strap Anchorage
4. Tether Strap Hook
Quad Cab Anchorages (2003–2009 Model Years)
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2003–2009 Model Years
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages behind
the front center and right seats. Quad Cab and Mega Cab
models have tether strap anchorages located behind each of
the rear seats.
Quad Cab Rear Seats (2001-2002 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Loop
2. Anchor Strap Metal Ring
3. Tether Strap Hook
4. Tether Strap
Quad Cab Front Passenger, With Rear Seat Delete
Option (2001-2002 Model Years)
Regular Cab Tether Anchorages (2003-2009 Model Years)
Mega Cab Tether Anchorages (2006-2009 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Anchorage
3. Tether Strap Hook
4. Tether Strap
Quad Cab Tether Anchorages (2003-2009 Model Years)
Quad Cab Front Center, With Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001-2002 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Anchorage
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Quad Cab Tether Anchorages (2003-2009 Model Years)
Frequently Asked Questions About LATCH
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the comthe child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
bined weight of the child and the child restraint is
system to attach the child restraint?
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt alone instead of the
LATCH anchorage system once the combined weight
is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
No
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
used together to attach a rear-facing or forwardanchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
facing child restraint.
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
No
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
lower LATCH anchorage?
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
Yes
The child seat may touch the back of the front pasthe front passenger seat?
senger seat if the child restraint manufacturer also
allows contact. See your child restraint owner’s
manual for more information.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Quad Cab, 2003–2009 Model Years
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
No
Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install a child
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
seat in the center seating position.
Center Seat LATCH
Quad Cab (2003–2009 Model Years)
position blocks the outboard LATCH anchors or seat belt, do
not install a child seat in that outboard position.
WARNING!
WARNING!
• Do not install a child restraint in the center position
using the LATCH system. This position is not approved for installing child seats using the LATCH
attachments. You must use the seat belt and tether
anchor to install a child seat in the center seating
position.
• Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more
than one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling
Child Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for
typical installation instructions.
Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more than
one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling Child
Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the
section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for typical installation instructions.
Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage
2001–2002 Model Years
Regular Cab, Center and Right Front Seats (2001-2002
Model Years)
Mega Cab (2006-2009 Model Years)
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger or center
seat.
If a child restraint installed in the center position blocks the
seat belt webbing or buckle for the outboard position, do not
use that outboard position. If a child seat in the center
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seat and
back to the tether anchorage on the back of the cab.
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3. Lift the cover (if equipped with one) and attach the tether
strap hook of the child restraint to the top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Quad Cab, Center Front Seat , Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001-2002 Model Years)
1. Place the child restraint on the front center seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seat and
back to the tether anchorage on the back of the cab.
3. Lift the cover (if equipped with one) and attach the tether
strap hook of the child restraint to the top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
WARNING!
Regular Cab, Center And Right Front Seat
(2001-2002 Model Years)
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Front Air Bag can cause
death or serious injury to a child 12 years or younger,
including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
1. Tether Strap
2. Tether Strap to Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
4. Tether Strap Hook
Quad Cab, Front Passenger Seat, Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001-2002 Model Years)
1. Place the child restraint on the front passenger seat.
2. Route the tether strap over the top of the vehicle seat and
down to the tether anchorage located at the bottom rear
of the seat, on the inboard seat adjuster.
3. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the
top tether anchorage as shown in the diagram.
4. Remove slack in the tether strap according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Quad Cab Front Center, With Rear Seat Delete Option
(2001-2002 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Anchorage
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Front Air Bag can cause
death or serious injury to a child 12 years or younger,
including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Regular Cab/Mega Cab (2003–2009 Model Years)
Quad Cab Front Passenger, With Rear Seat Delete
Option (2001-2002 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Anchorage
3. Tether Strap Hook
4. Tether Strap
In the regular cab truck, the top tether anchorages are
located behind the center and right passenger seats. In the
mega cab truck, the top tether anchorages are located
behind each rear seating position. There is a plastic cover
over each anchorage. To attach the tether strap of the child
restraint:
1. Place the child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint and to the tether anchor directly behind
the seat.
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2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
between the anchorage and the child seat. The tether
strap should go between the head restraint posts underneath the head restraint. You may need to adjust the head
restraint to the upward position to pass the tether strap
underneath the head restraint and between its posts.
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Right or Left Outboard Seats:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
3. Lift the cover (if so equipped), and attach the hook to the
square opening in the sheet metal.
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the anchorage behind the center seat.
Regular Cab Tether Anchorages (2003-2009 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the center tether anchorage.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the center anchor strap
metal ring (see diagram).
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Tether Anchorage
NOTE: If there are child seats in both of the outboard (left
and right) seating positions, the tether strap hooks of both
child seats should be connected to the center anchor strap
metal ring. This is the correct way to tether two outboard
child seats.
Mega Cab Tether Anchorages (2006-2009 Model Years)
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Advanced Front Air Bag
can cause death or serious injury to a child 12 years or
younger, including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Multiple Child Restraints, Quad Cab (2001-2009 Model
Years)
Quad Cab (2001–2009 Model Years)
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring(s)
The top tether anchorages in this vehicle are tether strap
loops located between the rear glass and the back of the rear
seat. There is a tether strap loop located behind each seating
position. Follow the steps below to attach the tether strap of
the child restraint.
2. Tether Strap
3. Tether Strap Hook
Center Seat:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
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2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the anchorage behind the passenger side
outboard seat.
Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the right outboard tether anchorage.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor strap metal
ring behind the right outboard seating position.
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
Installing Three Child Restraints:
Regular Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
1. Place a child restraint on each outboard rear seat. Route
the tether straps following the directions for right and left
seating positions, above.
2. Attach both tether strap hooks to the center anchor strap
metal ring, but do not tighten the straps yet
3. Place a child restraint on the center rear seat. Route the
tether strap following the directions for the center seating
position, above.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the outboard anchor strap
metal ring.
5. Tighten the tether straps according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions, tightening the right and left
tether straps before the center tether strap.
WARNING!
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchorage position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the
strap.
Regular Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
Regular Cab (2006–2009 Model Years)
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Quad Cab (2001–2002 Model Years)
Mega Cab (2006–2009 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
Quad Cab (2003–2005 Model Years)
Quad Cab (2006–2009 Model Years)
Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
65 lbs
The Tether Anchor can be used with the seat belt
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
(29.5 kg)
until the combined weight of the child and the
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
child restraint is 65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt
restraint?
without the Tether Anchor once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
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DODGE RAM CHASSIS CAB, 2007–2010
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle
Quad Cab Full Bench (2007–2009 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2007–2009 Model Years)
Quad Cab Full Bench (2010 Model Year)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
Regular Cab (2010 Model Year)
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Quad Cab Split Bench (2010 Model Year)
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
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Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
45
Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages
behind the front center and right seats. Quad Cab
models have tether strap anchorages located behind each of the rear seats.
Regular Cab Anchorages (2007–2009 Model Years)
Regular Cab, Center & Right Front Seat
(2007-2010 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
Quad Cab Full Bench Seat Lower Anchorages
(2007–2010 Model Years)
Quad Cab Rear Seat Outboard Tether Anchorage
(2007 - 2010 Model Years)
Quad Cab Split Bench Seat Lower Anchorages
(2010 Model Year)
Quad Cab Rear Center Tether Anchorage
(2007 - 2010 Model Years)
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Frequently Asked Questions About LATCH
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the com65 lbs
the child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
bined weight of the child and the child restraint is
system to attach the child restraint?
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt alone instead of the
LATCH anchorage system once the combined weight
is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
No
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
anchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardused together to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
facing child restraint.
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
No
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
lower LATCH anchorage?
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
Yes
The child seat may touch the back of the front pasthe front passenger seat?
senger seat if the child restraint manufacturer also
allows contact. See your child restraint owner’s
manual for more information.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
2007-2010 Model Year Quad Cab Full Bench
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
No
Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install a child
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
seat in the center seating position.
Center Seat LATCH
Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage
Quad Cab Full Bench (2007–2010 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2007–2010 Model Years)
WARNING!
• Do not install a child restraint in the center position
using the LATCH system. This position is not approved for installing child seats using the LATCH
attachments. You must use the seat belt and tether
anchor to install a child seat in the center seating
position.
• Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more
than one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling
Child Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for
typical installation instructions.
Quad Cab Split Bench (2010 Model Year)
If a child restraint installed in the center position blocks the
seat belt webbing or buckle for the outboard position, do not
use that outboard position. If a child seat in the center
position blocks the outboard LATCH anchors or seat belt, do
not install a child seat in that outboard position.
WARNING!
Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more than
one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling Child
Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the
section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for typical installation instructions.
In the regular cab truck, the top tether anchorages are
located behind the center and right passenger seats. There is
a plastic cover over each anchorage. To attach the tether
strap of the child restraint:
1. Place the child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint and to the tether anchor directly behind
the seat.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
between the anchorage and the child seat. The tether
strap should go between the head restraint posts underneath the head restraint. You may need to adjust the head
restraint to the upward position to pass the tether strap
underneath the head restraint and between its posts.
3. Lift the cover (if so equipped), and attach the tether strap
hook to the square opening in the sheet metal.
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
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4. Attach the tether strap hook to the center anchor strap
metal ring (see diagram).
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: If there are child seats in both of the outboard (left
and right) seating positions, the tether strap hooks of both
child seats should be connected to the center anchor strap
metal ring. This is the correct way to tether two outboard
child seats.
Regular Cab Tether Anchorages (2007-2010 Model Years)
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Advanced Front Air Bag
can cause death or serious injury to a child 12 years or
younger, including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Quad Cab (2007–2010 Model Years)
The top tether anchorages in this vehicle are tether strap
loops located between the rear glass and the back of the rear
seat. There is a tether strap loop located behind each seating
position. Follow the steps below to attach the tether strap of
the child restraint.
Multiple Child Restraints, Quad Cab (2007-2010 Model
Years)
1. Anchor Strap Metal Ring(s)
2. Tether Strap
Right or Left Outboard Seats:
3. Tether Strap Hook
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
Center Seat:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the anchorage behind the passenger side
outboard seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the right outboard tether anchorage.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor strap metal
ring behind the right outboard seating position.
Head Restraint In Raised Position
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the anchorage behind the center seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the center tether anchorage.
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
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Installing Three Child Restraints:
1. Place a child restraint on each outboard rear seat. Route
the tether straps following the directions for right and left
seating positions, above.
2. Attach both tether strap hooks to the center anchor strap
metal ring, but do not tighten the straps yet.
3. Place a child restraint on the center rear seat. Route the
tether strap following the directions for the center seating
position, above.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the outboard anchor strap
metal ring.
5. Tighten the tether straps according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions, tightening the right and left
tether straps before the center tether strap.
Regular Cab (2010 Model Year)
WARNING!
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchorage position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the
strap.
Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
Quad Cab Full Bench Seat (2007–2009 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
• CINCH = Cinching Latch Plate
Regular Cab (2007–2009 Model Years)
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• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
• CINCH = Cinching Latch Plate
Quad Cab Full Bench Seat (2010 Model Year)
Quad Cab Split Bench Seat (2010 Model Year)
Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
65 lbs
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the comof the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
(29.5 kg)
bined weight of the child and the child restraint is
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt alone instead of
restraint?
the LATCH anchorage system once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
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INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — RAM
CONTENTS
䡵 RAM 1500, 2010–2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage . . .58
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .51
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
䡵 RAM CHASSIS CAB, 2011–2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage: . . .53
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
䡵 RAM 2500/3500, 2010–2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
▫ Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage: . . .64
▫ LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . .56
▫ Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
▫ Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
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51
RAM 1500, 2010–2013
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle
Regular Cab (2010–2013 Model Years)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Split Bench (2010–2013 Model Years)
Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Full Bench Rear Seat
(2010-2013 Model Years)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Split Bench Seat
(2010-2013 Model Years)
Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages
behind the front center and right seats
Quad Cab and Crew Cab models have tether strap
anchorages located behind each of the rear seats.
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Full Bench (2010–2013 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
• CINCH = Cinching Latch Plate
Regular Cab Tether Anchorages (2010-2013 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
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Quad Cab/Crew Cab Tether Anchorages
(2010-2013 Model Years)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Tether Anchorages
(2010-2013 Model Years)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
the child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
system to attach the child restraint?
About LATCH
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the combined weight of the child and the child restraint is
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt and tether anchor
instead of the LATCH system once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
No
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
used together to attach a rear-facing or forwardanchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
facing child restraint.
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
No
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
lower LATCH anchorage?
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
2010-2013 Model Year Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Full Bench Seat
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
No
Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install a child
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
seat in the center seating position.
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Full Bench (2010–2013 Model Years)
Center Seat LATCH
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Split Bench (2010–2013 Model Years)
If a child restraint installed in the center position blocks the
seat belt webbing or buckle for the outboard position, do not
use that outboard position. If a child seat in the center
position blocks the outboard LATCH anchors or seat belt, do
not install a child seat in that outboard position.
WARNING!
Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more than
one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling Child
Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the
section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for typical installation instructions.
WARNING!
• Do not install a child restraint in the center position
using the LATCH system. This position is not approved for installing child seats using the LATCH
attachments. You must use the seat belt and tether
anchor to install a child seat in the center seating
position.
• Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more
than one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling
Child Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for
typical installation instructions.
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — RAM
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Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage:
Right or Left Outboard Seats:
Regular Cab (2010–2013 Model Years)
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
In the regular cab truck, the top tether anchorages are
located behind the center and right passenger seats. There is
a plastic cover over each anchorage. To attach the tether
strap of the child restraint:
1. Place the child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint and to the tether anchorage directly behind
the seat.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
between the anchorage and the child seat. The tether
strap should go between the head restraint posts underneath the head restraint. You may need to adjust the head
restraint to the upward position to pass the tether strap
underneath the head restraint and between its posts.
3. Lift the cover (if so equipped), and attach the hook to the
square opening in the sheet metal.
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
Regular Cab, Center And Right Front Seat
(2010-2013 Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind the center
seat.
3. Attach the hook to the center tether strap loop (see
diagram).
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Advanced Front Air Bag
can cause death or serious injury to a child 12 years or
younger, including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Quad Cab/Crew Cab Trucks (2010–2013 Model Years)
The top tether anchorages in this vehicle are tether strap
loops located between the rear glass and the back of the rear
seat. There is a tether strap loop located behind each seating
position. Follow the steps below to attach the tether strap of
the child restraint.
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: If there are child seats in both of the outboard (left
and right) seating positions, the tether strap hooks of both
child seats should be connected to the center tether strap
loop. This is the correct way to tether two outboard child
seats.
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Center Seat:
Installing Three Child Restraints:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
1. Place a child restraint on each outboard rear seat. Route
the tether straps following the directions for right and left
seating positions, above.
2. Attach both hooks to the center tether strap loop, but do
not tighten the straps yet.
3. Place a child restraint on the center rear seat. Route the
tether strap following the directions for the center seating
position, above.
4. Attach the hook to the outboard tether strap loop.
5. Tighten the tether straps according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions, tightening the right and left
tether straps before the center tether strap.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind either the
right or left outboard seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the right or left outboard tether strap
loop.
WARNING!
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the child.
Use only the anchorage position directly behind the
child seat to secure a child restraint top tether strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the strap.
4. Attach the hook to the outboard tether strap loop (see
diagram).
Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
Regular Cab (2010–2013 Model Years)
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
• CINCH = Cinching Latch Plate
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• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
• CINCH = Cinching Latch Plate
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Split Bench (2010–2013 Model
Years)
Quad Cab/Crew Cab, Full Bench (2010–2013 Model
Years)
Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
Weight limit
Always use the tether anchor when using the seat
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
of the Child
belt to install a forward facing child restraint, up
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
Restraint
to the recommended weight limit of the child rerestraint?
straint.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
WARNING!
WARNING! (Continued)
Do not install a rear-facing car seat using a rear support
leg in this vehicle. The floor of this vehicle is not
designed to manage the crash forces of this type of car
seat. In a crash, the support leg may not function as it
was designed by the car seat manufacturer, and your
child may be more severely injured as a result.
(Continued)
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RAM 2500/3500, 2010–2013
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle
Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
Crew Cab/Mega Cab Split Bench Rear Seat (2010-2013)
Regular Cab (2010–2013 Model Years)
Crew Cab Full Bench Seats (2010-2013)
Crew Cab/Mega Cab, Split Bench
(2010–2013 Model Years)
Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages
behind the front center and right seats
Mega Cab and Crew Cab models have tether strap
anchorages located behind each of the rear seats.
Crew Cab, Full Bench (2010–2013 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
• CINCH = Cinching Latch Plate
Regular Cab Tether Anchorages (2010-2013 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
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Mega Cab Tether Anchorages (2010-2013 Model Years)
Crew Cab Tether Anchorages (2010-2013 Model Years)
Crew Cab Tether Anchorages (2010-2013 Model Years)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
the child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
system to attach the child restraint?
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
used together to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
lower LATCH anchorage?
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
the front passenger seat?
Can the head restraints be removed?
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
No
No
Yes
Yes
2010-2013 Model Year Crew
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
No
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
About LATCH
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the combined weight of the child and the child restraint is
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt and tether anchor
instead of the LATCH system once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
anchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint.
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint manufacturer also allows contact.
No
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH), the
buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns. Do
not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position with
an ALR retractor.
Cab, Full Bench Seat
Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install a child
seat in the center seating position.
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Center Seat LATCH
Crew Cab Full Bench (2010–2013 Model Years)
WARNING!
3. Lift the cover (if so equipped), and attach the hook to the
square opening in the sheet metal.
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
• Do not install a child restraint in the center position
using the LATCH system. This position is not approved for installing child seats using the LATCH
attachments. You must use the seat belt and tether
anchor to install a child seat in the center seating
position.
• Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more
than one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling
Child Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for
typical installation instructions.
Crew Cab/Mega Cab Split Bench (2010–2013 Model Years)
If a child restraint installed in the center position blocks the
seat belt webbing or buckle for the outboard position, do not
use that outboard position. If a child seat in the center
position blocks the outboard LATCH anchors or seat belt, do
not install a child seat in that outboard position.
Regular Cab, Center And Right Front Seat
(2010-2013 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
WARNING!
WARNING!
Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more than
one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling Child
Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the
section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for typical installation instructions.
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Advanced Front Air Bag
can cause death or serious injury to a child 12 years or
younger, including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage
Crew Cab (2010–2013 Model Years)
Regular Cab/Mega Cab (2010–2013 Model Years)
The top tether anchorages in this vehicle are tether strap
loops located between the rear glass and the back of the rear
seat. There is a tether strap loop located behind each seating
position. Follow the steps below to attach the tether strap of
the child restraint.
In the regular cab truck, the top tether anchorages are
located behind the center and right passenger seats. In the
mega cab truck, the top tether anchorages are located
behind each rear seating position. There is a plastic cover
over each anchorage. To attach the tether strap of the child
restraint:
1. Place the child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint and to the tether anchorage directly behind
the seat.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
between the anchorage and the child seat. The tether
strap should go between the head restraint posts underneath the head restraint. You may need to adjust the head
restraint to the upward position to pass the tether strap
underneath the head restraint and between its posts.
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Right or Left Outboard Seats:
Center Seat:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind either the
right or left outboard seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the right or left outboard tether strap
loop.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind the center
seat.
3. Attach the hook to the center tether strap loop (see
diagram).
4. Attach the hook to the outboard tether strap loop (see
diagram).
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: If there are child seats in both of the outboard (left
and right) seating positions, the tether strap hooks of both
child seats should be connected to the center tether strap
loop. This is the correct way to tether two outboard child
seats.
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
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Installing Three Child Restraints:
Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
1. Place a child restraint on each outboard rear seat. Route
the tether straps following the directions for right and left
seating positions, above.
2. Attach both hooks to the center tether strap loop, but do
not tighten the straps yet.
3. Place a child restraint on the center rear seat. Route the
tether strap following the directions for the center seating
position, above.
4. Attach the hook to the outboard tether strap loop.
5. Tighten the tether straps according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions, tightening the right and left
tether straps before the center tether strap.
Regular Cab (2010–2013 Model Years)
WARNING!
Crew Cab/Mega Cab Split Bench Seat
(2010–2013 Model Years)
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchorage position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the
strap.
Crew Cab Full Bench Seat (2010–2013 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
• CINCH = Cinching Latch Plate
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Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
Weight limit
Always use the tether anchor when using the seat
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
of the Child
belt to install a forward facing child restraint, up
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
Restraint
to the recommended weight limit of the child rerestraint?
straint.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
WARNING!
Do not install a rear-facing car seat using a rear support
leg in this vehicle. The floor of this vehicle is not
designed to manage the crash forces of this type of car
seat. In a crash, the support leg may not function as it
was designed by the car seat manufacturer, and your
child may be more severely injured as a result.
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RAM CHASSIS CAB, 2011–2013
LATCH And Tethers In Your Vehicle
LATCH Positions For Installing Child Restraints In This
Vehicle
Locating The LATCH Lower Anchorages In This
Vehicle
Crew Cab Full Bench Anchorages (2011–2013 Model Years)
Regular Cab (2011–2013 Model Years)
Crew Cab Split Bench Anchorages (2011–2013 Model Years)
Crew Cab Full Bench (2011–2013 Model Years)
Locating The Tether Anchorages In This Vehicle
Regular Cab models have tether strap anchorages
behind the front center and right seats. Crew Cab
models have tether strap anchorages located behind each of the rear seats.
Crew Cab Split Bench (2011–2013 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
Regular Cab, Center & Right Front Seat
(2011-2013 Model Years)
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
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Crew Cab Rear Outboard Tether Anchorage
(2011-2013 Model Years)
63
Crew Cab Rear Center Tether Anchorage
(2011-2013 Model Years)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight of
65 lbs
the child restraint) for using the LATCH anchorage
(29.5 kg)
system to attach the child restraint?
About LATCH
Use the LATCH anchorage system until the combined weight of the child and the child restraint is
65 lbs (29.5 kg). Use the seat belt and tether anchor
instead of the LATCH system once the combined
weight is more than 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
Can the LATCH anchorages and the seat belt be
No
Do not use the seat belt when you use the LATCH
used together to attach a rear-facing or forwardanchorage system to attach a rear-facing or forwardfacing child restraint?
facing child restraint.
Can two child restraints be attached using a common
No
Never “share” a LATCH anchorage with two or
lower LATCH anchorage?
more child restraints. If the center position does not
have dedicated LATCH lower anchorages, use the
seat belt to install a child seat in the center position
next to a child seat using the LATCH anchorages in
an outboard position.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back of
Yes
The child seat may touch the back of the front pasthe front passenger seat?
senger seat if the child restraint manufacturer also
allows contact. See your child restraint owner’s
manual for more information.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
2011–2013 Crew Cab Full Bench
Can a child seat be installed in the center position
No
Use the seat belt and tether anchor to install a child
using the inner LATCH lower anchorages?
seat in the center seating position.
Center Seat LATCH
Crew Cab Split Bench (2011–2013 Model Years)
Crew Cab Full Bench (2011–2013 Model Years)
If a child restraint installed in the center position blocks the
seat belt webbing or buckle for the outboard position, do not
use that outboard position. If a child seat in the center
position blocks the outboard LATCH anchors or seat belt, do
not install a child seat in that outboard position.
WARNING!
• Do not install a child restraint in the center position
using the LATCH system. This position is not approved for installing child seats using the LATCH
attachments. You must use the seat belt and tether
anchor to install a child seat in the center seating
position.
• Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more
than one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling
Child Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for
typical installation instructions.
WARNING!
Never use the same lower anchorage to attach more than
one child restraint. Please refer to ⴖInstalling Child
Restraints Using the LATCH Lower Anchoragesⴖ in the
section ⴖInstalling Child Restraintsⴖ for typical installation instructions.
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Directions For Attaching The Tether Anchorage:
Right or Left Outboard Seats:
Regular Cab (2011–2013 Model Years)
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
In the regular cab truck, the top tether anchorages are
located behind the center and right passenger seats. There is
a plastic cover over each anchorage. To attach the tether
strap of the child restraint:
1. Place the child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint and to the tether anchorage directly behind
the seat.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
between the anchorage and the child seat. The tether
strap should go between the head restraint posts underneath the head restraint. You may need to adjust the head
restraint to the upward position to pass the tether strap
underneath the head restraint and between its posts.
3. Lift the cover (if so equipped), and attach the hook to the
square opening in the sheet metal.
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind the center
seat.
Regular Cab, Center And Right Front Seat
(2011-2013 Model Years)
3. Attach the tether strap hook to the center tether strap
loop (see diagram).
1. Tether Strap Hook
2. Tether Strap To Child Restraint
3. Tether Anchorage
WARNING!
Never place a rear-facing child restraint in front of an air
bag. A deploying passenger Advanced Front Air Bag
can cause death or serious injury to a child 12 years or
younger, including a child in a rear-facing child restraint.
Crew Cab (2011–2013 Model Years)
The top tether anchorages in this vehicle are tether strap
loops located between the rear glass and the back of the rear
seat. There is a tether strap loop located behind each seating
position. Follow the steps below to attach the tether strap of
the child restraint.
4. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: If there are child seats in both of the outboard (left
and right) seating positions, the tether strap hooks of both
child seats should be connected to the center tether strap
loop. This is the correct way to tether two outboard child
seats.
INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — RAM
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Center Seat:
Installing Three Child Restraints:
1. Raise the head restraint and reach between the rear seat
and rear glass to access the tether strap loop.
1. Place a child restraint on each outboard rear seat. Route
the tether straps following the directions for right and left
seating positions, above.
2. Attach both tether strap hooks to the center tether strap
loop, but do not tighten the straps yet.
3. Place a child restraint on the center rear seat. Route the
tether strap following the directions for the center seating
position, above.
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the outboard tether strap
loop.
5. Tighten the tether straps according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions, tightening the right and left
tether straps before the center tether strap.
2. Place a child restraint on the seat and adjust the tether
strap so that it will reach over the seat back, under the
head restraint, through the tether strap loop behind the
seat and over to the tether strap loop behind either the
right or left outboard seat.
3. Pass the tether strap hook under the head restraint
behind the child seat, though the tether strap loop behind
the seat and over to the right or left outboard tether strap
loop.
WARNING!
4. Attach the tether strap hook to the outboard tether strap
loop (see diagram).
• An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchorage position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make
sure the tether strap does not slip into the opening
between the seatbacks as you remove slack in the
strap.
Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle
5. Tighten the tether strap according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
Regular Cab (2011–2013 Model Years)
66 INSTALLING CHILD RESTRAINTS IN YOUR VEHICLE — RAM
Crew Cab Full Bench (2011–2013 Model Years)
Crew Cab Split Bench (2011–2013 Model Years)
• ALR — Switchable Automatic Locking Retractor
• CINCH — Cinching Latch Plate
•
•
Lower Anchorage Symbol (2 Anchorages Per
Seating Position)
Top Tether Anchorage Symbol
Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts And Car Seats
What is the weight limit (child’s weight + weight
Weight limit
Always use the tether anchor when using the seat
of the child restraint) for using the Tether Anchor
of the Child
belt to install a forward facing child restraint, up
with the seat belt to attach a forward facing child
Restraint
to the recommended weight limit of the child rerestraint?
straint.
Can the rear-facing child restraint touch the back
Yes
Contact between the front passenger seat and the
of the front passenger seat?
child restraint is allowed, if the child restraint
manufacturer also allows contact.
Can the head restraints be removed?
No
Can the buckle stalk be twisted to tighten the seat
Yes
In positions with cinching latch plates (CINCH),
belt against the belt path of the child restraint?
the buckle stalk may be twisted up to 3 full turns.
Do not twist the buckle stalk in a seating position
with an ALR retractor.
WARNING!
Do not install a rear-facing car seat using a rear support
leg in this vehicle. The floor of this vehicle is not
designed to manage the crash forces of this type of car
seat. In a crash, the support leg may not function as it
was designed by the car seat manufacturer, and your
child may be more severely injured as a result.
INDEX 67
INDEX
Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Center Seat LATCH . . . . . . .7, 13, 20, 28, 39, 46, 52, 58, 63
Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Frequently Asked Questions About
LATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11, 18, 26, 37, 45, 51, 56, 62
Frequently Asked Questions About Seat Belts
And Car Seats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15, 22, 33
How To Stow An Unused ALR Seat Belt. . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Installing A Child Restraint With A Cinching
Latch Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Installing A Child Restraint With ALR . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Installing Child Restraints In Your Vehicle . . . . . .1, 10, 51
Installing Child Restraints Using The LATCH Lower
Anchorages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Installing Child Restraints Using The Top Tether
Anchorage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Installing Child Restraints Using The Vehicle Seat Belt. . .7
LATCH And Tethers In Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10, 17, 24, 36, 44, 51, 56, 62
LATCH Lower Anchorages . . . .11, 18, 25, 37, 45, 51, 56, 62
Locating The LATCH And Tether
Anchorages . . . . . . . . . . .6, 11, 18, 25, 37, 45, 51, 56, 62
Lower Anchors And Tether For CHildren (LATCH) . . . . .6
Rear Facing Car Seats And Air Bags. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Seat Belt Systems In Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . .15, 22, 33
Top Tether Anchorages . . . . .8, 11, 18, 26, 37, 45, 51, 56, 62
TRUCKS-226-AA
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