Assessing LATCH Systems

Parents who visit our dealership in search of a new vehicle should take into consideration how the vehicle interior accommodates infant and child seats. LATCH attachments make fastening seats easier and safer compared to using traditional seat belts. However, not all systems are the same.

LATCH systems include tether anchors are necessary when installing forward-facing children's seats. The anchors ensure that the seat will not move forward in the event of sudden stops or collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluates LATCH systems using a series of specific criteria, which are then determined to be good, acceptable, marginal or poor.

The anchors should be at a depth of 3/4-inches or less for easy accessibility. The anchors also must be easy to connect and not have greater than 54 degrees of maneuverability. Top anchors should be on the vehicle's rear deck or the upper region of the rear seat. The anchors should not be installed within close proximity to other hardware.



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