Latest 2021-2022 LATCH Manual Update

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Page A-65, Simple Parenting

REASON FOR UPDATE: Error in the name of the distributor.

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Simple Parenting

Distributed by Happy Kidz SP Distribution, LLC.

Page B-128, Jeep

REASON FOR UPDATE: Addition of owner’s manual correction.

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SUV 06-10 LATCH (2) LATCH N/A None (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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(7- or 8-
SUV 20-21 7-passenger:
(2) LATCH None
Behind-driver: LATCH

Behind-passenger: None

(34) TAs on backs of seats
Seatback Angle: Rotate seatback…
Seating Position Limitations: Regardless of installation…

LATCH-Related CR Recalls —ARCHIVE

Excerpted from the 2015 LATCH Manual

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.

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Retrofitting Tether Anchors

Still a Benefit to Child Safety

In preparation for the 2017 LATCH Manual*,  SRN reviewed and updated the status of various aspects of retrofitting vehicles with tether anchors (TAs), leading to the following update report.

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History of Tethers and LATCH

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.

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Research on LATCH Usability

This information is excerpted from the 2015 LATCH Manual.

In April 2012, the IIHS reported on findings from a joint LATCH-use study it conducted with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. “Keys to Better LATCH” identified and measured key factors in the usability of LATCH and then studied volunteers to see how these factors predicted the quality of CR installations.

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.

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NHTSA Proposes Changes to Improve LATCH

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.

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