Head’s up, parents of toddlers and kids! There are car seat law changes in 2014.
Starting in 2014, the new rule states that the LATCH system
should no longer be used when the child and car seat combined weight is
This is an amendment to the law instated in 2001 that says that all
children up to 65lbs must remain in car seats, but that did not take
into account the weight of car seats. Car manufacturers cannot guarantee
the strength of the anchors when adding the additional weight of the
seat, thus the need to modify the law.
How can you be sure you’re meeting these guidelines? Weigh your child, then weight the seat, then add them together. If they’re over 65lbs combined, start using the seat belt restraint versus the LATCH system.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends that children remain in harnesses until the age of 8, which
prompted car seat manufacturers to design car seats meant for higher
weights. Unfortunately, a study by Safe Kids Worldwide
found that 30% of parents don’t utilize the LATCH system properly and
70% of parents don’t use the top tether, which prevents head injuries.
What can you do to ensure your children are being buckled in properly? Have your seat installation inspected at your local NHTSA office.
Thought you guys would like to know!
Whats the LATCH system?