LATCH evaluations are conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. This independent organization evaluates cars for safety. In particular, the IIHS evaluates how they're affected by crashes. LATCH testing is slightly different, but still related to these tests.

LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This refers to the hardware systems that are used in child restraints. LATCH hardware is effective in what it does. However, it's not always intuitive for parents to use. The IIHS established LATCH criteria in 2015 to encourage manufacturers to develop easy to use hardware solutions. LATCH ratings also help parents make good decisions about which automobiles are a good fit for their families.

LATCH ratings are simple. They can be designated good, acceptable, marginal or poor. LATCH systems are evaluated based on factors like accessibility, location, confusing hardware, and force needed to attach the lower connector of a child safety seat.



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