Is the LATCH system safer than seatbelts?
The truth is that neither is more safe than the other when used properly. According to government testing standards, there aren’t any safety-related advantages to using seat belts over LATCH lower anchors, or LATCH lower anchors over seat belts, provided that the seats are installed correctly.
Is it better to use LATCH or seat belt?
LATCH: Which Is Safer? The safest installation method is the one that offers the most secure installation (the seat moves as little as possible, always less than one inch in any direction). If you want to install the car seat in a rear center position, that usually requires using the seat belt.
What is the weight limit for a 5-point harness?
Typically, the 5-point harness on a booster seat can be used up to 65-90 pounds depending on the model. Once your child reaches that limit, you can continue using the seat along with the vehicle’s seat belt.
Why can’t you use both LATCH and seat belt?
Why Using the LATCH System and a Seat belt Can Be Unsafe
By using both the Lower Anchors and the seat belt system when you shouldn’t, the force of the crash will place stress on the wrong areas of the car seat, which can cause the car seat not to function properly.
When should I stop using LATCH?
In order to use the LATCH system, the sum of the child’s weight and the weight of the car seat must be no more than 65 pounds. Since most car seats weigh upwards of 20 pounds now, many manufacturers recommend that you stop using the LATCH system when a child reaches 40 pounds.
Is a LATCH booster seat safer?
If you have a booster that cannot use the lower anchors, they are just as safe and do a wonderful job of protecting children. Just remember to buckle them in when not in use to protect yourself.
Is a car seat safer in the middle or side?
Placing the car seat in the wrong spot
The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.
How long can I keep my child in a 5-point harness?
“It is best for children to ride in a seat with a harness as long as possible, at least to 4 years of age. If your child outgrows a seat before reaching 4 years of age, consider using a seat with a harness approved for higher weights and heights.”
How long should a child ride in a 5-point harness?
NHTSA recommends children remain in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat. At which time, the child can move into a belt positioning device.