How Understand LATCH System Ratings

Most drivers are familiar with the tests and ratings conducted on vehicles by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). One of the newer tests involves ratings for the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system, which makes it easier for parents to correctly install car sets to keep young passengers safe.

Some LATCH systems are difficult to use so the IIHS rates these systems on their ease of use, which will ostensibly lead to car seats being installed securely. The criteria evaluated are accessibility of lower anchors, force, clearance angle, location, and the absence or presence of confusing hardware.

For a good rating, the LATCH system must meet two of the criteria. For an acceptable rating, a system must meet two of the three requirements for lower anchors and one of two tether requirements. A good-plus rating is awarded to systems that go beyond these requirements.



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