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Old 09-15-2013, 12:48 AM   #1
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Seatbelt Extenders

So my boys are finally old enough for booster seats but they are having a hard time buckling their seat belts so I'm looking for seatbelt extenders.

I see a lot that say they work Fords, but nothing says it will work for sure on MK3s.

Ford makes OEM extenders: 4L5Z-10611C22-AAA. But I can't even find anything saying these fit a 2013 Focus.

Can anyone help out here? TIA!


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Old 09-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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So my boys are finally old enough for booster seats but they are having a hard time buckling their seat belts so I'm looking for seatbelt extenders.

I see a lot that say they work Fords, but nothing says it will work for sure on MK3s.

Ford makes OEM extenders: 4L5Z-10611C22-AAA. But I can't even find anything saying these fit a 2013 Focus.

Can anyone help out here? TIA!
I would contact your dealer for proper extenders. This is also covered in your owners manual. Being its a seatbelt, I wouldn't take chance with anything but the factory supplied equipment.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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My younger kid has the same problem. The car seat shifts over from the seat cushion being "bucketed". The towels under the seat help, but the bent metal tab is way more difficult than a straight insert tab.

Here was my set up. The younger one got the shorter (and older) extender so that the buckle and metal tab stayed at last 6" away from the center of the child. The extenders are both too long at 9" and 12". The clip and tab assembly occasionally dug into the kids' pelvis to the point where I had to buckle her in myself anyway without using the extender. Most of the time it would be ok with the extender adn the kids buckled themselves fine. My seven year old gets frustrated with the stock seat belt buckling, but can do it easily with the right attitude (tired, hungry, pissed off were never good precursors to successful buckling even with the extender).

Now, I ran this set up for about a year and a half. I discontinued it after cleaning out the car and loosing the seat belt extenders a month ago. I got new ones from Ford and they have the 6" to Center warning. A quick google search reveals that boosters are not to be used with seat belt extenders and are probably illegal in many states and provinces. I think this is because the clip and tab are positioned at or in conflict with the arm rest of the seat and not behind the seat as may have been envisioned by the designer and engineer(s) of the booster seat and seat belt systems.

Here's the main reason I stopped using them: If the extender was in service and an accident or hard braking occurred and the resulting injuries were made worse by the use of the extender; would I then wish I had spent an extra five minutes just buckling in the kids myself everytime? My answer is yes, I would rather not take that chance with my kids.

Still interested? They were supplied free from Ford and work in the 2007 Focus and a 2009 Mercedes-Benz C230, 2002 Hyundai Elantra, serveral years of Chrysler Town and Country, several years of Dodge Caravan.
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:13 PM   #4
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Seat belt extenders should be free from your Ford dealer if you ask for them.
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Thanks everyone. Thats exactly what we're dealing with right now jnedohin-macek!

I'm deployed overseas right now, but will have the wife stop by the dealer and see what they say. Was hoping to save her from having to take the kids to the dealer or get a babysitter.
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Another option from:
http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=136469

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Re: seatbelt extender safe to use with a booster?
No. It is not safe, nor is it allowed, either by booster manufacturers or by Toyota. What I do with a booster in a tight situation (like 3 in a Corolla ) is keep the booster buckled at all times, and just have the child pull slack into the lap portion of the belt and wiggle under to get in and out.
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FYI for anyone searching for this later.

Wife stopped by the dealer today and seat belt extensions are free. Part # 6C3Z-16611C22-AA. Gave her 2 with no question or problems.
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Seat belt extenders should be free from your Ford dealer if you ask for them.
No one tells me anything!

Not that it matters; I don't have any children yet.
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