When it comes to car seat safety the most important thing is often how the car seat is installed and that is what the new car seat LATCH law is all about, helping to ensure that people have their car seats installed correctly.
The new law makes it so that it’s easier to understand and follow by streamlining where you can find the information on the weight limits!
How does it do this?
Car seats manufactured after February 27, 2014 are required to carry a new label with guidance on maximum weight limits for LATCH. In addition to that in the manual or on the car seat itself they are required to tell you how much the car seat weighs. The car seat manual/seat will also have a max weight that your child can be, no need to do math, you only need to know how much your child weighs and the weight limit on the seat for LATCH installation.
Three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly, that is three car seats too many in my book and this law will hopefully help change that and make parents more educated!
My Car Seat Was Manufactured BEFORE February 27th, 2014. How do I find out the LATCH limit?
If your seat was manufactured before February 27th, 2014 you’ll have to read your manual to find out how much the seat weighs and also your car manual to see the LATCH limitations. It’s doable but kind of a hassle which is exactly why this law was created to make it easy on parents to determine the LATCH limitations.
If my the weight of my child and seat combined are under 65lbs do I *HAVE* to use the LATCH installation?
No, the seat belt installation or LATCH installation are both perfectly fine and equally safe. Remember though, NEVER use both.
I hope this run down clears up any confusion you may have about the new LATCH law!
If you have any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and be sure to pass this important information along to other parents!