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I've got a Ford Focus MK2 54 plate and have just bought a Group 1/2/3 Isofix car seat for my child. Although the car seat has Isofix it's also got a tethered strap which according to the instructions needs to be anchored to somewhere on the car. Problem is I don't have anywhere to anchor it. I googled the subject but all the suggested locations for the anchors I don't have. However I did notice some screw holes behind the back seats which is where I'm guessing the anchor points would be (at least that's where they are on my wife's car). So my question is where can I buy the anchor fittings to screw in behind the back seats? Or is there anywhere else to which I can anchor the tether strap?

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Yes but we had to fit it ourselves. Found the holes behind the backseat and bought an Isofix fitted off amazon.

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The Focus MK2 does not have TopTether. At the time Ford designed the Focus MK2 TopTether was not being used. At that time most child seats did have a support leg (Foot Prop) to the floor of the car. The TopTether system replaces the support leg system.

TopTether was mandatory on all new vehicle types released after 02-2011. Many older cars did not have TopTether.

The current ISOfix standard covers actually 3 different standards.

1. "Universal" represents use of a top tether strap with the ISOFIX Anchorage.

2. "vehicle-specific" represents the usage of the ISOFIX anchorage without the TopTether in specified vehicles only.

3. "Semi-Universal" represents usage of the ISOFIX anchorage together with a "foot-prop".

In your case this means that you have the wrong type of childseat. Your childseat is based on the Universal ISOfix standard while your car is based on the Vehicle Specific ISOfix standard.

Some people use the luggage fixation points on the boot floor to attach the TopTether strap but this is a very bad idea. In case of an accident the boot floor may fold/crumble together. This can cause serious damage to the childseat.

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Hi, 

To dig up an old thread - something's not quite right here.  Our 2006 MK2 Ford Focus Manual does indicate the the luggage points near the back seats *are* a top tether point.

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In terms of the boot floor crash issue, the anchor point is so close to the back of the seats this seems not an issue in this case.

Thoughts?

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So, it gets even funnier....

 

When cleaning the car today I came across a sticker from the second official Ford ISO FIX kit (I had chucked it away from the first one), which at the time I had no idea about, so stuck it next to the bracket. However, this now makes perfect sense of the manual, as it is for placing in the boot near the behind the seat tether anchor point/luggage point (as highlighted in the manual in great detail).

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If this had a been as new/factory installed from Ford all of this would have already been installed in the appropriate places and the manual would have made perfect sense to start with!

 

Typical that there were no instructions about this in the kit or wider actual knowledge about it from Ford.

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on my mk2.5 focus i do not have tether anchor points but i do have  isofix bracket fitted , which came with the leather interior i fitted. so is isofix bracket enough or must for floor stand leg ?

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