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IIHS LATCH Ratings Aim to Make Installing Car Seats Easier

rear facing car seat Once you’ve found the right car seat for your child, you need to install it. Installing a child safety seat is harder than you might think. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that almost half of all car seats are installed incorrectly. One way to help make sure your child’s car safety seat is installed correctly is to use the vehicle’s Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. LATCH consists of two anchors ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Car Seats

How to Find the Right Car Seat

How to Find the Right Car Seat We’re prepping for the 2015 Best Cars for Families awards, which launch March 11, so we have family cars on the brain. Of course, for a lot of families, car seats are a major factor when it comes to their cars. [See the 2014 Best Cars for Families award winners] Finding the right car seat for your child and your car can be confusing, especially if you start your research in the car seat aisle of a big box ... continue reading»

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Many Vehicles Make Installing Child Safety Seats Difficult

Keeping kids safe in the car means having them seated in a properly sized and properly-installed child safety seat. Lower anchors and tethers for children, commonly known as LATCH connectors, are supposed to ease the process by standardizing the anchors that car seats attach to. However, a new study suggests that LATCH connectors in many vehicles are more difficult to use than they should be. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that only 21 out of 98 of the ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Updates Child Seat Standards to Accommodate Older, Heavier Kids

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a new 10-year-old child test dummy to better evaluate child safety seats for older children. NHTSA’s updated child seat regulations include requirements for kids who weigh more than 65 pounds, and stress that children remain in booster seats until the seat belt fits them properly. Currently, NHTSA has dummies that represent kids who are 6-years-old and younger. The new dummy fills in the gap for older, heavier children. "The ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Crash Tests, Car Seats, NHTSA, Booster Seats

Size Matters: Small Family Cars

Parenthood doesn’t doom you to driving a minivan: Plenty of small cars have enough space for five and their stuff. No, a small car won’t have an optional rear-seat entertainment system like the Honda Odyssey and GMC Terrain, but with something like the Honda Fit or Hyundai Elantra, there’s plenty of space for the kids, their toys and groceries with room to spare. In Size Matters: Small Family Cars, we show that small cars can handle family ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Car Seats, Kids, Best Cars for Families

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