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Sunday, October 25, 2009 3 Post-It Notes

On a serious note. Sometimes I get sent information that is important and I love to share it with you. Did you know that the NHTSA found out through a study that 3 out of 4 kids are not as secure as they should be in the car because their car seats are not being used correctly? The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system was developed to help make it easier to correctly install car seats. Both of my children have had car seats with the LATCH system and I really think it helped me. We've all had those moments where the car seat is smarted than us and the car seats with the LATCH have been far more easier to use.

What is LATCH? It is a system, required on all car seats and most vehicles manufactured in the U.S. after September 1, 2002. It was developed to make it easier to correctly install car seats without seat belts. The car seats have lower attachments which fasten into anchors in the backseat of the vehicle where the cushions meet. An upper strap or tether on the car seat attaches to an upper attachment point in the vehicle.

So if you have time why not go to the LATCH website just to make sure your car seat is properly installed. It will take only a few minutes, but those few minutes might help save your child's life.

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  • Butterflygirlms Blog Designs (Heather) said:  

    I've always used the LATCH system since my daughter was born in 2003. We also used the seat belt with it. Now my 2-year old son's car seat is installed this way but his is the upper strap w. seat belt.

  • The Shopping Mama said:  

    Thanks so much for sharing this info!

    We use the LATCH system and it really does make installing car seats easier than with the belt. I still worry our rear convertible car seat isn't installed correctly so I'll have to check out the videos on the LATCH website.

  • Amanda said:  

    I guess I'm one of the few who find it harder to get a good fit with the LATCH system than with the seatbelt. I always take new car seats to be inspected at a car seat safety station.