What Parents Need to Know About LATCH Evaluations

If you are a parent planning to transport small children in your vehicle, you should know about how the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates the childseat attachment hardware known as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).

When choosing your next family vehicle, attachment hardware for securing safety seats should meet the following criteria: easy to find and reach lower anchors, a special tool used to measure the attachment force of the child seat of under 40 pounds, and an easy to maneuver around clearance angle greater than 54 degrees. Location of the tether anchors near the top of the seat and no confusion about which hardware attaches the safety seating are also part of the IIHS evaluation system.

When you visit our Kia showroom to choose your next vehicle, ask how a particular model meets with the IIHS LATCH evaluations, then take a test drive.



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