Drivers with children should pay close attention to LATCH evaluations when buying a new vehicle at Permian Toyota in Hobbs, NM. the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in every vehicle so buyers have correct information on how well these devices secure child car seats inside their vehicles.

IIHS gives LATCH systems five different ratings: good+, good, acceptable, and marginal, based on several criteria. These ratings help identify which vehicles have easy-to-use systems with accessible lower anchors and safe tether anchors. The information also helps parents sure car seats more efficiently.

For low anchor ease of use, IIHS looks at depth of fewer than two centimeters for open access, a clearance angle of greater than 54 degrees, and an attachment face of fewer than 40 pounds. Upper tether anchors should be located on the rear deck or the upper 85% of the seat deck and have no confusing hardware.

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