Keeping Kids Secure: Child Safety Systems

child safety systems

If you’re a parent, then you certainly understand the importance of child safety systems in your car. As recently as 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been updating regulations and urging parents to stay up-to-date on the latest systems, from LATCH to car seats.

According to Edmunds, LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This innovative system comes standard on most GM vehicles, offering a better way to secure child safety seats. Basically, seats have a hidden anchor point that’s easier, and safer, to latch onto than a regular seat belt.

Of course, weight limits are important to remember. If your child weighs more than 65 lbs, you shouldn’t use the LATCH system. Also, remember that top tethers should be used for forward-facing seats and can be used with LATCH as well.

Children under two years old should ride in rear-facing seats, always in the backseat. Children should use booster seats until they exceed the maximum weight of child seats, and are generally taller than 4 ft. No child should sit in the front seat unless they’re 13 years or older.

For more information on child safety systems, visit SafeCar.gov.

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