Dr. Lisa Dana
posted in Mom Stories
A new car seat rule that will take effect in early 2014 will require car-seat makers to warn parents not to use lower anchors to tether car seats if the children and their car seats have a combined weight of 65 pounds. This was recently reported by USA Today.
Anchors have been required in cars since 2001. These anchors are part of the LATCH system. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) is a system that allows car seats to be tethered directly to anchors installed in automobiles. With the new guidelines, this law will affect most children over the age of 3, as well as many two year olds, depending on the weight of the child and of the car seat.
The new car seat laws and guidelines keep children in car seats and booster seats until they are much older and consequently, heavier. Sturdier seats are being manufactured to accommodate these children, and the older tethers are not strong enough to secure both the seat and the child.
The new law requires children to ride in a safety seat or booster seat in the back seat of a vehicle until they are at least 8 YEARS OLD or 4′ 9” in height.
1. Children should stay rear facing until the age of 2 OR until your child has met the height and weight requirements of the car seat.
2. Children older than 2 should ride in a forward facing car seat with a 5 point harness, until they have reached the height/weight requirements for that seat.
The NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently warns parents and caregivers“keep in mind that your vehicle’s LATCH system may have a weight limit that differs from that of the car seat.” To make your ride safer today, check the weight limits of your tether system in your automobile. If the combined weight of your child and the car seat exceed the weight limit, the NHTSA recommends that you switch to the seat-belt installation.
The advice provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis, advice or treatment for specific medical conditions
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