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I’m thinking of permanently removing both rows of seats in my van. The second row has factory built in child seats. Does anybody know if there is a demand for these at all? I’d hate to throw these in the garbage. They’re in excellent condition.

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Would be dangerous to use now, as those seats are well after the expiration date that a normal child seat has. The plastics get brittle with age/heat cycles. It's a cool feature to show off, but modern child seats are safer. Use them for the kid's dolls and stuffies? 😁
 

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I don't know about these with the child seats built in, but two comments:
1) I wouldn't think that built-in automobile seats would "expire" in the same time frame as aftermarket seats, as the straps are very likely connected directly to the steel seat frame, not some ABS plastic deal. (Also, these weren't considered infant seats, were they? Just booster seats for children over a certain weight, like maybe over 40 lbs, as I recall. Infant seats always face the rear.)
2) I don't know if there would be interest in this seat (with the booster seats built in), but the width of that 2nd row bench seat is perfect for use in cars of the early 30's. (That's where the 2nd row seat out of my 93 T&C went - to my brother, for his 31 Plymouth roadster.)

One more thing. I eventually scrapped the seat tracks from the wider 3rd row seat, which my son kept as a "couch", but I now wish I still had them, because I might have been able to use them in my 46 Plymouth front seat. I want to install 3-point seat belts, but the track on the stock 46 seats is not built for the stress it would experience in a crash, and I don't want to butcher the seat in order to bolt the seat belts to the floor behind the seat, because the seat has a foot rest built into the back for back seat passengers, and the bolt points would also be way out in the foot space.
 

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These have no plastics to get old like normal child seats, they don't "expire" unless of course a belt is fraying or the latches are questionable.

To your question, they are not desirable. I've had a perfect condition set in red like yours sitting in my shed for a long time now. Even at free, there aren't enough 2nd gen owners around that need seats to want them.

I'd stick them away in your garage/basement/shed and keep them covered in case you ever decide to sell the van. Having all rows of seats in good condition is important to most people buying these vans.
 

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I appreciate all the replies. Unfortunately I don’t have a place for these and will be disposing of them. I’ll hang onto the 3rd row for now. At least those fold down and store nicely.
 

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the clips on the bands are made of metal?
The ones on the seat I have are. All the internal components are metal, it's just the covers on the clips that are plastic.
Same as most good car seats.

The reason car seats need to be replaced is because the plastic of the seat itself becomes brittle.
 

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I appreciate all the replies. Unfortunately I don’t have a place for these and will be disposing of them. I’ll hang onto the 3rd row for now. At least those fold down and store nicely.
Slide the 3rd row into the 2nd row position, then dump the 2nd row seat. Then you open up a good cargo area in the rear, while retaining seating for 5.
 

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They have been for sale long enough. Not one bite of interest.


Slide the 3rd row into the 2nd row position, then dump the 2nd row seat. Then you open up a good cargo area in the rear, while retaining seating for 5.
Appreciate the info! I was curious if the 3rd row can be used in 2nd’s position.
 

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Where are you located?
(I could check with some others who have roadster project cars, if you are close to some people I know. It might also be that someone has a 'normal' one for that purpose, but the seat bottom is in bad shape due to spills or the normal wear & tear of use. It might also be possible to easily rebuild the seat back as a 'normal' one. The one I gave to my brother has leather covers, but he will probably redo it eventually, to match the color he wants.)
 

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The chest clip is still all plastic. Still not a good idea to use something nearly 30 years old. They were designed to last 10-15 years (average lifespan of vehicle).
 
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