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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Middle seat lower hook for LATCH?

Hi,

We have a 2012 Acura MDX and I see the symbols for six lower anchors. The manual too states explicitly that three car seats can be secured in the second row using LATCH.

I already have a car seat behind the driver seat and am trying to install a second car seat in the middle using LATCH

However, I can only find lower anchor hooks on the two outer seats, and for the life of me now hook even below the symbol....

What am I missing???

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I have a 2007, but I'm sure the interior hasn't changed too much.

There should be one next to the driver's side inboard LATCH hook.

The other is located behind a flap under the middle armrest. Feel under the rounded part at the bottom and you should be able to flip it up.

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I was in the same boat earlier this week. For the first time since we've owned the vehicle (2 months maybe) I had to break out the owner's manual!

Both center LATCH anchors are covered by little flaps and a little tricky - take a look in the manual and all will be good.

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Hi,

We have a 2012 Acura MDX and I see the symbols for six lower anchors. The manual too states explicitly that three car seats can be secured in the second row using LATCH.

I already have a car seat behind the driver seat and am trying to install a second car seat in the middle using LATCH

However, I can only find lower anchor hooks on the two outer seats, and for the life of me now hook even below the symbol....

What am I missing???

Thanks
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Check the book, they are there....


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I actually want to add a bit to this post. I had family come over for thanksgiving and we used the MDX at capacity for the first time. We have two girls in Convertible seats, and I was trying to put them on the driver's side door and middle seat, to allow for access to the third row by sliding the rear passenger side seat forward.....well, there is a problem, actually quite a few.
- When you install a seat using the latch system behind the driver you cannot (easily) access the latch system anchors to install a seat in the middle position, and viceversa.
- If you decide to use seat belts, the installation becomes a bit more difficult.
- Let's say that you made it work, the seat in the middle position will block the outboard sliding seat from moving, thus preventing access to the third row.
- If you can somehow make it move, you will have a hard time making it go back.
- The two seats arrangement actually works using the middle and passenger's side outboard positions...using this layout will also prevent access to the third row.
- We (7 yo niece and me) had to access the third row through the trunk, and you can imagine the difficulties about doing it that way.

In the end, we moved one of the convertible seats to the trunk, together with the booster seat my niece was using. There was still the challenge of buckling her (my 3yo) in, but it wasn't as bad as trying to get in through the trunk.
AND I have to also say that the installation of the convertible seat in the third row required me to remove the headrest, so it would not get in the way of the seat.
I have Britax seats, which run a bit large, but they are not the humungus ones they are selling today.

I would strongly recommend the Sunshine kids seats, which are designed "thin" so you can do three across with no problems, OR to skip the convertible seat all together and move to a 5 point harness booster, your kid will need to meet some weight and heigh requirements for that one though.
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Helpful because I cannot find the middle latch even after reading the manual saying they were under a flap I was feeling around and couldn't find them. Guess I will try again.
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post #7 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-04-2014, 04:18 PM
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I could not find the lower anchors for the middle seat in a 2010 Acura MDX. The book showed center lower anchors, and the anchor "dots" were there. Several of us tried with no success. The owner called Acura and was told there are no lower anchors in the center back position. I say, "what the heck?"
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