Can I use the LATCH system in a middle seat?

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.

What vehicles have LATCH system?

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. All lower anchors are rated for a maximum weight of 65 pounds (total weight includes car safety seat and child).

Can you add LATCH system car?

Car seats can be installed using two different methods: The vehicle seat belt or Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). Many parents wonder which option is the safest way to install their child’s car seat. In situations where either installation method is allowed, one is not usually safer than the other.

What is the LATCH system for car seats?

The LATCH system consists of built-in straps and hooks on the safety seat and anchor hardware in the vehicle. When using LATCH, the LATCH anchors and attachments take the place of seat belts. Tuck the seat belts out of the way to avoid interfering with the lower anchoring system.

How much weight can the LATCH system hold?

Rear-facing: car seat manufacturers may allow the use of the lower anchors up to a combined weight of 65 pounds (child’s weight + car seat’s weight). Forward-facing: car seat manufacturers may allow the use of the lower anchors up to a combined weight of 69 pounds (child’s weight + car seat’s weight).

Is LATCH same as ISOFIX?

Isofix (styled ISOFIX) is the international standard for attachment points for child safety seats in passenger cars. The system has other regional names including LATCH (“Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children”) in the United States and LUAS (“Lower Universal Anchorage System”) or Canfix in Canada.

Is there a weight limit for LATCH system?

But a vehicle’s lower LATCH anchors, located in the crease between the seatback and cushion, have a 65-pound limit. This means the heavier the car seat, the sooner that combined weight limit will be reached. At that point, parents will have to secure the car seat using the seat belt.

When should I stop using LATCH?

In order to use the LATCH system, the sum of the child’s weight and the weight of the car seat must be no more than 65 pounds. Since most car seats weigh upwards of 20 pounds now, many manufacturers recommend that you stop using the LATCH system when a child reaches 40 pounds.

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