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Proposals Made for New Child Seat Regulations

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

A new safety proposal regarding child seats may limit the use of the Latch system which was mandated in 2002.

What it the Latch System?

The Latch (lower anchors and tethers for children) system allows for car seats to be secured using anchor points built between a car's seat cushions. In 2002, a federal mandate was implimented which requires all new vehicles to have the anchor points installed. Changes in state and federal regulations have been made since 2002 which require children to use child seats for more years. As such, heavier child seats have been built to accomade the weight of older children.

Issues with the Latch System

“We don’t want to find out the hard way that the lower anchors aren’t strong enough.” – Alisa Baer, pedestrian and child-care car safety expert as published by the Wall Street Journal

  • Experts are concerned that the Latch system’s anchors will not be strong enough to secure today’s heavier car seats which are able to accommodate up to 90 pounds in the event of an accident.
  • Further concern has risen as a 2012 study found that only about 13 percent of parents were able to properly install a child seat through the Latch system when asked to do so.
  • As a result, a proposal has been made that child seats be secured by a seat belt rather than the latch system when the child’s weight in combination of the weight of the child seat exceeds 65 pounds.
  • Experts say parent’s will not be required to buy new child seats as all Latch system compatible child seats are also attachable via a seat belt.
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