LATCH Ratings for Child Restraints

The easier it is to install a child seat, the more likely you are to install it correctly. Since safety is so important, we want you to understand what the LATCH rating system tells you about vehicles.

The IIHS assigns each vehicle a rating of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The testers are looking for lower anchors that are easy to find and don’t require too much force to attach to the child seat. The upper tether should be on the upper part of the seat back or the rear deck. It should be clearly marked if its purpose isn’t obvious.

LATCH evaluations aren’t safety ratings, they just tell drivers how easy the system is to use in that vehicle. A child seat can be properly installed even if the vehicle has a “poor” rating; it just may be more difficult and less convenient.

 

 

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