Understanding the LATCH System and its Importance in Vehicle Choice

For any parent, the thought of keeping your children safe is an ongoing task. This is especially true when they are riding in a vehicle. The management and staff at Mike Raisor Pre-Owned Center understand this and we would like to aid you in your knowledge of child seat installation so that you can make a sound choice with your vehicle purchase.

The seat belts in a vehicle can be used to install child restraints but there is the possibility that the installation can be wrong. The purpose of the LATCH system that comes with many vehicles is to take the guesswork out of child restraint installation so that it is done properly every time. Research has shown this to be the case.

There are two parts to the LATCH system. The lower part serves as an anchor immobilizing the child restraint. The upper part serves as a tether that prevents the restraint from moving forward during a crash. The IIHS has established a rating signifying has easy the LATCH system is to use for a particular vehicle. These rating aids parents with making smart decisions.



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