LATCH Evaluations

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit organization that evaluates the crashworthiness of a vehicle through a series of tests. All of these exams are designed to assess the vehicle’s ability to maintain its structure in an accident as well as to shield the driver and passengers from serious injury.

There are a total of six tests that the IIHS uses to determine the safety of a vehicle. Included in these evaluations are a series of assessments that examine the vehicle’s roof strength as well as head restraint and seat duration in an accident.

The Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system comes into play when experts evaluate the durability and overall safety of a vehicle’s seat. The LATCH system is designed to make the attachment of hardware such as child restraint seats more safe by providing a basic guide for manufacturers to use when creating seats that accompany car seats.

Parents do well to understand the basics of the LATCH system to better secure their children in restraints.

 

 

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