When did latch become standard?
The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system was developed to make it easier to correctly install child safety seats without using seat belts. LATCH can be found in vehicles as well as infant, convertible and forward-facing child safety seats, made after Sept. 1, 2002.
Can you add anchor points to cars?
Some vehicles will require modifications to accommodate anchor points, while in some situations it can be illegal to install an anchorage point so it is best to refer to the owner’s manual of the vehicle or contacting the manufacturer before purchasing.
Where are locking clips found?
A locking clip is a metal I-shaped piece that is included with most child restraint seats. Most seats have a place on the back or bottom of the seat where you can store the locking clip. When you purchase the seat it may be there or in a separate bag.
Can you add lower anchors to a car?
It is typically possible to install 2 car seats using the Lower Anchors – one in the driver’s side and the other in the center. Here there are 4 Lower Anchors – two for the Passenger’s side & two for the Center position – and no Lower Anchors for the Driver’s side. The lower anchors are at standard spacing here.
Do all cars have car seat anchors?
All forward-facing car safety seats have tethers or tether connectors that fasten to these anchors. Nearly all passenger vehicles and all car safety seats made on or after September 1, 2002, are equipped to use LATCH. See vehicle owner’s manual for highest weight of child allowed to use top tether.
When did car seats become mandatory in the United States?
However, there has been a considerable time lag in knowledge diffusion and policy adoption. Even though empirical evidence supporting the protective effect of child restraint devices was available in the early 1970s, laws requiring their use were not adopted by all 50 states until 1986.
What cars have anchor points in the 3rd row?
The only models that do have the anchor points in the second and third row seats are the Everest (both rows) and CX-9 (one on the third row).
How do you install a car anchor bolt?
Put the tether anchor bolt through the anchor bracket, add a washer, and put the bolt into the hole. Where necessary add one or more spacers under the anchor bracket if needed to raise the bracket to the level of the surrounding trim so that the bracket will be accessible.
Do all car seats come with a locking clip?
Some car seats come with built-in locking clips called lock offs. If a seat has these, read the instruction manual on when to use them. Some require one, some two, some with the seat belt only, some all the time. These seats usually do not come with a separate locking clip.
What is the blue clip on car seats?
They basically keep seatbelt in correct position and tight! It’s a little blue clip on a string that’s in a pouch on the back of the seat.
How do I know my car has a LATCH?
Your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you if LATCH is present. You can also look for the built-in latch anchors which are usually marked by a symbol or tag on the vehicle’s seat. LATCH-equipped vehicles will have two lower anchors and one top tether anchor installed in each LATCH seating position.
Do all cars have lower anchors?
All vehicles in the US model year 2003 and newer will have at least 2 sets of lower anchors. These anchors can be difficult to find and/or use properly. Follow these steps to locate your lower anchors, so you are sure you are connecting your car seat to the correct parts of the vehicle.
Can you anchor a carseat in the middle?
Do NOT install a car seat in the center seat using the lower anchors of the LATCH system unless your vehicle manual specifically states that a car seat can be installed in the center using the lower anchors.