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Old 11-21-2009, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default Have you got a kid??? Show me your child seat in the ti!

like it says..post up.

i did something different today, if it is really different than you guys, i'll post a how-to
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:43 AM   #2
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i've seen some badass recaro child seats.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:51 AM   #3
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i'm talking about how it is mounted in the rear seat.. yea, the recaros are pretty cool though.

i didnt like having to mount my son's seat in the middle of the back seat. it made it all but impossible for anyone else to sit back there.

so i figured out a way to mount it safely on the side. and it is now tighter than before to.

anyone else that has a child seat on the side of the rear seat and not the middle?
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:45 AM   #4
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My kids seats went in the normal seating position, it was such a bad fit to try the middle I didn't even bother. She was a toddler , so it was a front facing seat.

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Old 11-22-2009, 03:25 PM   #5
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the only thing i was worried about placing his seat on the side was that the seat belt when fully retracted did not "click" and immediately lock in like all my other vehicles. i'm talking about the belt on the outer wing of each side in the back. most cars you pull the belt all the way and out and it will set a clip, as you feed it back in it stays locked and you can cinch the seat in nice and tight.

the bmw i have and the one that i borrowed before this one, didnt do that. so i had to put the seat in the middle. good for him, he loved the center view.. LOL but if i wanted to take anyone else in the back seat, or my big 85lb blacklab/dane mix.. it wasnt happening.

so yesterday while i was conditioning the seats i pulled the rear lower out and swapped the belts around. now i have his seat mounted by 3 points and it is much tighter than before, even using the top latch hook in the trunk. i took pics if anyone wants to see..
just trying to help out. now there is plenty of room back there for passengers/dogs/packages and my son.

edit..frt facing seat too.. my son is 2
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:23 PM   #6
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Hmm My 95 the belts do as you describe, if you pull them all the way out in the rear you have to let them fully retract of the ratchet does not release.

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Old 11-22-2009, 10:02 PM   #7
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My kid is 18 and he puts up quite a struggle when I cram him in the child's seat.
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Hmm My 95 the belts do as you describe, if you pull them all the way out in the rear you have to let them fully retract of the ratchet does not release.

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not sure what you mean, does the belt retract smoothly, or is it clicking and locking. mine doesnt click and lock like my other vehicles, so i couldnt install the child seat there.
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When I pull the belt all the way out, then allow it to retract you can't pull it back out until its allowed to retract all the way. So with the car seat it worked well. You would buckle the seat in, pull the belt all the way out and let it retract then push the seat down with your knee a couple times and the ratchet would keep tightening it up cinching the seat in.

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Old 11-23-2009, 12:18 AM   #10
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hmm.. both of the 318s i experienced the reel may be bad then. neither of them locked unless you jerk on the belt. so i just swapped the center cinch belt to the right rear position.
i was hoping that maybe the BMW rear belts were just THAT way, but now i know mine are broke
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You know, come to think of it I ran across a "child restraint" option kit on a web page about BMW's one time. It was dealer installed and was freeking expensive, like over a grand, it included built in child seats, but my car was originally owned by a bank as a loaner for the execs when in town. Wonder if the belts were a separate part number to add the child restraint ratchet? So you could use aftermarket child seats?

Mine is also a 95 ti which is a bit of a black sheep in bmw terms for the TI. I'm always finding exceptions on parts fitment for my car.

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interesting, my ti and the one i traded for the weekend and didnt buy, are both 95s
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in either case, the seat is now firmly attached on the right rear portion of the seat. i have the cinch belt thru it, the latch hook on the top run under the decklid to the trunk hook, and also the retracting seatbelt is run thru just to be thorough. sits in super tight now..
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Cool. One thing I found is the rear seat belts in our cars work pretty well with kids, the seat is small enough and the belts low enough that when they are just getting too big for the car seat they fit pretty good. My 12 year old is starting to complain about rear leg room now though...

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My daughter is almost 6 and has ridden in a ti since birth, always to one side. Rear seat belts pull all the way out and ratchet/click back- think something is wrong with yours.

Consult a dealer and present it as a safety issue maybe they will do something under factory/warranty.
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