Understanding LATCH Ratings

At Pitre Kia, we have a goal to help our shoppers choose a vehicle that's a perfect fit for their needs. If you have a little one, then choosing a vehicle with a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system is beneficial. According to the IIHS, child safety seats are more likely to be installed properly when a LATCH system is used, but some LATCH systems can be tricky.

In 2015, the IIHS started a LATCH rating program that evaluates how easy a vehicle's LATCH system is to use. The IIHS assigns ratings of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. There are five factors that determine a vehicle's LATCH rating: location, confusing hardware, clearance angle, force, and accessibility of lower anchors.

In order to achieve a good rating, at least two LATCH positions must adhere to all five factors of the evaluation. A vehicle that meets the criteria for a good rating and provides additional LATCH equipment will get a good+ rating.

 

 

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