Vickie Fisher, JD, CPST-I, Point of Impact Program Coordinator, REMSA
Many parents know about LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) — the system in cars that can make car seats easier to install. What parents and caregivers may not know is that the LATCH system has a weight limit and under new federal rules, this weight limit is changing.
Under the new rule that is put into effect this month, the weight limit for the lower anchors will be 65 pounds. That means that both the weight of the child and the car seat combined MUST be less than 65 pounds to use the LATCH system. In addition, the labels on car seats made after Feb. 27 are required to have a label that lists both the 65-pound weight limit and the weight of the car seat in pounds. This should make it easier for parents to determine if the weight of the car seat with their child in it will exceed the weight limit of the LATCH system.
If the weight of the car seat and the child are too much for the LATCH system, parents will need to use the seat belt to install their car seat. Remember, it doesn’t really matter whether parents use the LATCH system or the seat belt to install the car seat. Both systems are equally safe when used correctly.
For more information on the new label changes or to schedule an appointment to have your car seat fitted by a certified technician at the Northern Nevada Fitting Station, call 775-815-0981.