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Car Seat Safety Pt. 2: The Latch System


The second part in our Car Seat Safety series will be on the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system.

The LATCH System Explained

The LATCH system is used for car seat installation in place of a seat belt. Many parents find the latch system easier to use when installing a car seat over the traditional method of using a seat belt.

Most car seats and passenger vehicles manufactured on September 1, 2002, or later, are compatible with the LATCH system.

How to Install a Car Seat with the LATCH System

Information provided by healthychildren.org.

  • LATCH systems have a tether on the top of a car seat to attach to a top anchor and lower anchor connecters, which are usually on the side of a car seat, to attach to lower anchors.
  • Lower anchors can be found where seat cushions meet in the back seat of a vehicle.
  • A top anchor, that a tether can be attached to, is located behind the seat in most vehicles. In sedans, they can be found on a panel behind the seat. In most minivans, hatchbacks, and SUVs, they can be found on the back of the seat, ceiling, or floor.
  • All lower anchors can handle a maximum of 65 pounds, which includes the child and car seat.

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