REASON FOR UPDATE: Error in the name of the distributor.
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Distributed by Happy Kidz SP Distribution, LLC.
Page B-128, Jeep
REASON FOR UPDATE: Addition of owner’s manual correction.
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(3) TAs on backs of seats. To tether… Maximum Child Weight For Using TAs: When a seat… Owner’s Manual Correction: The owner’s manuals for some MYs do not show LAs for the 2nd row’s center position. However, this model does have standard-spaced LAs in the center seating position, as indicated here.
Page B-132, Kia
REASON FOR UPDATE: Error in 3rd row center seating position.
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(34) TAs on backs of seats Seatback Angle: Rotate seatback… Seating Position Limitations: Regardless of installation…
The following LATCH-related child restraint recalls are excerpted from the 2015 LATCH Manual* and include only those CR recalls and consumer advisories that affect CRs that are expired as of January 2017. They were omitted from the 2017 and newer LATCH Manuals because the publisher does not want to imply that users should continue to use expired child restraints.
This information is excerpted from the 2015 LATCH Manual.
The story of tethers begins long before the introduction of LATCH. Tethers were used on forward-facing child restraints (CRs) in the United States, Canada, and Australia as early as 1970. They have been required equipment for all forward-facing CRs made since 1974 in Australia and since 1980 in Canada. In the U.S., however, though tethers were featured on some early CRs, they weren’t required. The challenges caregivers faced if they tried to retrofit their vehicles with tether anchors (TAs) led to very low levels of tether use, and tethers were eventually phased out of nearly all U.S. CR models by the mid-1980s.
In 2014, the IIHS published two follow-up reports (one on LA attachment use and the other on tether use), which further affirmed the findings of the 2012 study. The studies help prepare the IIHS for a possible next step, which is to explore a ratings system to evaluate LATCH setups in common family vehicles.
Can regulatory amendments help LATCH meet its full potential?
On January 23, NHTSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates it plans for FMVSS 225 and 213 in order to improve the usability of the LATCH system. This NPRM is an important step toward improving ease of use and accessibility of lower and tether anchors, a topic that hasn’t been addressed through regulation since LATCH was initially introduced 15 years ago. It outlines some basic proposals for new regulations from NHTSA and seeks comment on the necessity of further regulation.
The following car seat brands have been out of business in the U.S. for many years and their CRs models are expired and should no longer be in use. Therefore, we’ve removed these entries from the 2015 and newer LATCH Manuals. For anyone interested in this information, however, we’ve posted it here: