Bill Could Banish Those Impossible Latch Anchors

Posted on 16. Aug, 2012 by in Auto News

A federal highway bill that Congress last month, could improve the safety of children in child car seats in a side impact crash – and make it easier for parents to install the child seats.

The bill calls for the demand to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration carmakers access to anchor latch to improve side impact protection for children in child seats and research technology that can alert the parents to improve children left behind the rear seat. Expect the final legislation on side impact improvements for child seats within two years and latch anchor developments within three years.

How will improve NHTSA latch access? A spokesman revealed little, saying only that the agency was responding to "the process". But the improvements are long overdue. The latch system in the late 1990s came to child seats easier to install than with safety belts, but to secure a lot of people still have their car seats with seatbelts, the safety advocate Joseph Colella said, runs the risk of compatibility issues.

"The intent was to make it so that car seats had a simple, universal way of installing them, and you did not find out, got the harness, you are not designed on adult safety security instead concerns the safety of children," said Colella, Head of Traffic Safety Projects near Washington, DC, and sat down on the plate, the latch system recommended in 1995.

"A seat booked before – or the crack in the car seat – it can not hold a car seat back," he said. "If it is anchored in front of the seat belt Belt path, you can not make, the car seat [fit] tight."

What's more, certain band technology not supported child seats. Some car manufacturers warn that inflatable seat belts will not hold, for example. Put it all together and Colella found that less than half of parents use car seats with latch properly. You can not blame them. A study published last April by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found only 21 of the top 98 best selling cars easy to use latch anchor had.

Our favorite anchors fall into three categories: exposed, covered under the flexible snap-off lid and those of hinge. The 2012 Audi Q5 and 2012 Suzuki Kizashi anchors are under plastic covers which snap off, facilitating access (not only lose). The access is a breeze in the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox (top) and 2013 Ford Escape, and their anchors are exposed and plenty of space around them. Finally, some new vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 2013 dowels have hidden under flexible hinged lid, push through it to connect is simple.

Those on the naughty list fall into two camps. Cars with Latch anchors that booked too far down in the seat to fulfill where the back and bottom cushions, or those with a firm seat cushion, which buried the access to the anchor The Toyota Camry and Volvo XC60 (above) anchors are set too low and require some digging to connect them. The seat cushions in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and 2012 XC60 are so tight that. Many of the force that is required to be a part of it and look for the anchor

"Many parents who have difficulty with latch think somehow they are not just following the instructions, or there is something wrong with their ability," IIHS spokesman Russ Rader said. "Parents should be able to install a child restraint with less than 40 pounds of force. You should not go in there and put your knee and all your weight in."

After installing hundreds of car seats in cars today, we agree. Here are some additional recommendations:

  • To create specific standards for things like seat cushion stiffness and set the depth, the anchors are located in the bay would help to demystify the installation process.
  • The more latch anchor – a third group for the middle seating position and at least one set in the third row of a vehicle – would open more safe spaces for child safety seat installation.
  • Standardizing the placement of the anchor line would also help. Currently, they are on the back shelf, cargo floor, seat backs, ceiling and in the case of the 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible, the trunk found.