We have had various occasions to quote the Top Tether, for example when talking about vehicle safety or listing the characteristics of certain products. As we have received many questions on the subject, we have decided to delve further into the matter, calling on our trusted expert, Eng. Agrati, responsible for all Peg Perego car seats.
What is the Top Tether?
Many of us are familiar with the Isofix attachments, those anchor points, often yellow in color, that enable you to install the car seat to two metal rings placed in the gap between the seat and backrest of newer vehicles.
What not all of us know is that, in order to secure the Isofix car seat, one must also use a third anchor point. Many car seats use the so-called support leg.
Others use a belt located behind the car seat backrest that attaches to a special anchor found in newer vehicles. This is the so-called Top Tether.
What advantages does the Top Tether offer?
The use of the Top Tether greatly increases your child’s safety, as it makes the seat even more stable and more securely fixed to the vehicle. In case of an accident, a seat so securely fastened will undergo deformation and absorb the energy released by the vehicle, instead of risking dangerous whiplash injury to the child, as in traditional installations with seat belts.
In addition, if the child is placed in a traditional seat or a seat without a base, by buying a car seat with Top Tether you will be guaranteed the safety of an Isofix product, without the need to buy a separate base.
All recent cars must have the Top Tether attachment. This may be placed behind the vehicle’s backrest, on the shelf in sedans, or in the trunk in the case of minivans. In any case, the position is marked by the presence of the logo pictured to the right.
As regards Peg Perego products, you can avail of the Top Tether when you buy Viaggio 1 Duofix TT. We have produced a video on the subject, to explain the Top Tether’s characteristics and installation options in full.