Child Seat Tether Anchor Location
Something that Volkswagen can't tell you.
And a bit more descriptive than the Manual.

When we bought the car, the first thing we wanted to do was to install a child seat. The dealer seemed unable and unwilling to try to locate the anchor point for the car seat tether, and suggested running the anchor bolt through the floor of the wagon behind the driver's side rear seat. Calling Volkswagen directly with this question did not provide an answer beyond, "We have no Information on the Fox."

We were certain there was a proper anchor point in the car as both the owner's manual and the Bentley manual make passing reference to it. The location is described by an arrow on a picture of the headliner. The text says, " On wagon models, open the rear lid and locate the anchor above the headliner in the rear crossmember. Cut a 9 mm hole in the headliner directly below the anchor point hole. Instal the anchor fitting."

This seemed less than helpful. I wanted to know exactly where it was before I started poking holes in my pristine headliner.

I was fortunate to make contact with a fellow who was parting out a Fox wagon and was willing to tear apart his head liner to find the tether point.

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Here is the picture he sent of the location. It is 25 cm to the outside of the light and 5.5 cm above the edge of the hatch opening.

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Here is the tether installed.

And here is the reason for needing the info.

Tether at work
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You have a kid and you bought a two door wagon - what were you thinking?

At first one would think it would be easier to get more people in a car with more doors but in our experience it has been simpler to have only two doors. This may seem counterintuitive but the reason has a lot to do with angles and the fact that the child has to be buckled in by a much bigger person.

Our experience with child seats in four door vehicles has been awkward and uncomfortable. This largely because when trying to manoeuvre a child in or out of the seat you are beside and above the seat. You have to work over and reach around the child and seat to find the buckles. You can't see these buckles and clasps as the seat and occupant block the sight lines. The rear doors on a car are generally small even on a large car. They follow the roof line downwards at the top and often wrap around the wheel well at the bottom making for a small work space. Lastly the back of the front seat is in the way. There is little room for a little person to stand and climb into their seat. The kid has to climb over the side of the seat instead of into the seat.

In a two door, the doors are generally larger and designed to open wide. As well you are working at the wide end of the door. The seat back is tipped forward and out of the way. This gives the child a place to stand at the base of the car seat. When reaching in to adjust straps and fasten buckles you are working from the front of the seat facing it so you have a clear view of what you are working on.

The two door also has the advantage of peace of mind. No need to worry about the child proof door lock, there is no door. The Child is in the back seat. And with this particular wagon there is no argument about windows up or down, they don't open in the back seat.

As an adult trying to get in and out of the rear seat of the two door is not easy, it is a bit like trying to limbo while in a downhill skiing tuck, but as a parent who will be dealing with child restraints (car and booster seats) for about 8 years there are demonstrable advantages to the two door layout.


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