How does the LATCH system work?
Not too long ago, we gave you some tips and tricks for making sure your kids are ready for summer travel, in an effort to help you prepare for any road trips or vacations you might be taking this season. We figured for this week’s How’s This Work, we’d tie it into that a bit by taking a look at how the LATCH system works.
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What is the LATCH system?
Back in 2002, the LATCH system was introduced and quickly spread to most vehicles across the market. It is a system found both in vehicles and car seats that allow parents to safely secure their children in the vehicle using a system of straps and hooks. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, a fitting name and acronym. With a study out there estimating that 3 out of 4 car seats are installed improperly, it is important to understand what the LATCH system is and how to properly use it.
Rather than unsafely strapping the car seat to the actual seat of the car using seatbelts, LATCH creates a more secure way to insure your child’s safety. Following the instructions in your car seat will tell you how to use it specifically for the device that you have, but you’ll be utilizing strapped hooks from the car seat to attach onto anchor rings found in the vehicle’s seat.
As many driver-assistive safety features as are being installed in vehicles today, they won’t keep your children safe if they aren’t properly secured in their seat. So make sure to follow the instructions closely to insure your child will be safe whenever you hit the road, and make sure that the car seat doesn’t move more than an inch in any direction. The video below should help give you a visual of how the LATCH system actually works, but if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to give us a call here at the sales or service desk.