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June 9, 2019

Need to Transport Kids? Best Do It in a Subaru

If you need to install child safety seat in cars, the best bet would be a Subaru. This comes as the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released their annual LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) ratings.

LATCH is intended to make child restraint installation easier in order to minimize errors and protect the youngest members of the family in the event of a crash. To qualify for a good+ rating, vehicles must provide additional LATCH-equipped seating positions in addition to the following criteria:
  • Lower anchors are no more than 3/4-inch-deep within the seat bight.
  • The lower anchors are easy to maneuver around. This is defined as having a clearance angle greater than 54 degrees.
  • The force required to attach a standardized tool representing a child seat connector to the lower anchors is less than 40 pounds.
  • Tether anchors are on the vehicle’s rear deck or in the middle of the seatback.
  • The area where the tether anchor is found doesn’t have any other hardware that could be confused for the tether anchor.
With these criteria, the following vehicles achieved the highest rating of “Good+”:
  • Acura RDX
  • Audi Q7
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Insight
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Lexus RX
  • Lexus UX
  • Mazda6
  • Subaru Ascent
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru XV
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla (Hatchback)
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota RAV4

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