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Latest 2019-2020 LATCH Manual Update

Honda, Lexus, Toyota

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Page B-108, Honda

REASON FOR UPDATE: Addition of new model and an owner’s manual clarification.
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Passport SUV 19-20  LATCH (2) LATCH (3) TAs on backs of seats
Owner’s Manual (OM) Clarification: Some MY19 OMs indicate that only the outboard positions of the 2nd row are equipped with LATCH; in fact, there is also a standard LATCH system in the center seating position, as well.

Page B-139, Lexus

REASON FOR UPDATE: Addition of an owner’s manual clarification.
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UX Crossover 19 TA (2) LATCH (3) TAs on backs of seats
Center: May borrow inner LA bars of outboard LATCH to install CR. If used for center, LAs may not be used for either OB position. Space between inner LAs is 15.6 inches (396 mm).
Head Restraints (HRs): To tether, route a 2-point (single-strap) tether over the center of the HR, and a 3-point (V-shaped) tether around each side.
Owner’s Manual (OM) Clarification: Although some OMs do not state that a CR may be installed in the center seating position using LATCH, the vehicle manufacturer says it IS safe to install a CR there, per the notes above, and that doing so is approved IF proper installation is achieved.

Page B-208, Toyota

REASON FOR UPDATE: Addition of Canada-specific information and information to clarify the location of the lower anchors.
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Prius V 4-door
Wagon
12-18 TA (2) LATCH (3) TAs on backs of seats. TAs are lower on seatback than cargo area floor. Slide vehicle seat forward to hook tether to TA, then return it to its rear-most position to install CR.
Lower Anchors: Bars are below the bight, in zippered vertical slits in the vehicle upholstery. Find LA photos at www.saferidenews.com, LATCH Gallery.
Vehicle Seatback: Put the seatback in the first locked position to install a CR with LATCH.
MY18: In this model year, this model sold in Canada only.

Page B-213, Toyota

REASON FOR UPDATE: Addition of information to clarify which model was sold where and in what model year.
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Yaris HB 06-1819 TA (2) LATCH (3) TAs on backs of seats, near or below cargo floor. To improve access to TAs, slide seat forward. Find TA photos at www.saferidenews.com, LATCH Gallery.
Cargo Cover: If cargo cover is installed, lift rear hatch and then route tether between vehicle seat and cargo cover remove to access tether anchor. Reinstall after tether installation.
Head Restraints (HRs): To tether, remove and securely stow HR; replace HR when CR is uninstalled. (Exception: For MY06-11 vehicles with non-split seat option, reinstall HR after attaching tether.)
Vehicle Seatback, MY06-11: Put the seatback in the first locked position to install a CR.
MY19: In this model year, this model sold in Canada only.
4-door
Sedan
06-12 TA (2) LATCH (3) TAs on rear filler panel
Head Restraints (HRs), MY06-10: To tether, remove and securely stow HR; replace the HR when CR is uninstalled.
16-19 TA (2) LATCH (3) TAs on rear filler panel
Center, MY16 and Newer (Canada) and MY19 and newer (U.S.): May borrow inner LA bars of outboard LATCH to install CR. If used for center, LAs may not be used for either outboard position. Space between inner LAs is 14.2 inches (360 mm).
Head Restraints (HRs): Remove and securely stow HR (regardless of whether tether is used). Replace the HR when CR is uninstalled.
Yaris
Yaris iA
4-door
Sedan
15-19
17-18
TA
(see note)
(2) LATCH (3) TAs on rear filler panel
Center, MY16 and Newer (Canada) and MY17 and newer (U.S.): May borrow inner LA bars of outboard LATCH to install CR. If used for center, LAs may not be used for either outboard position. Space between inner LAs is 14.2 inches (360 mm).

Page B-217, Toyota

REASON FOR UPDATE: Revision of vehicle seatback information. Note: There are no changes to MY04-10.
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Sienna 11-14 7-passenger:
N/A
8- passenger:
None
(2) LATCH LATCH
(offset to outboard-behind-
driver side)
None (3) TAs (MY11-14) or (4) TAs (MY15-19) on backs of seats; to find unlabeled 3rd row TA, lift flap at lower back of seatback. DO NOT use 3rd row cargo anchors as TAs.
Vehicle Seatback: Find photos at www.saferidenews.com, LATCH Gallery. To install a CR with LATCH:
   2nd Row: Place the seatback in the rear-most recline position.
   3rd Row Manual Seat: Recline the seatback to the eleventh locked position from most upright.
2nd Row and 3rd Row Manual Seat: Recline the seatback, as described in the OM, to expose the lower anchors in the seat bight. Once the LA connectors are attached to the LAs, it is permissible to adjust the vehicle seatback to a more upright position that provides a good CR-to-vehicle-seat fit, as defined in the NHTSA or CPSAC standardized curriculum.
3rd Row Power Seat: Raise seatback to its upright position by pressing the seatback angle adjustment switch.
15-19 Behind-
passenger
side: LATCH

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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One More Note on LATCH Weight Limits: What Do We Tell the Folks?

I was recently asked whether our SRN Fact Sheets were updated to reflect the recent changes to FMVSS 213.  While I assured the customer that we had reviewed all sheets and made any edits needed, I also noted that the changes were minor.  Our fact sheets are meant to provide caregivers with easy-to-read information about best practice, so technical details about subjects like regulations are not appropriate and would in fact detract from the key safety messages.

However, this hints at broader questions that others might share: What do caregivers need to know about the recent update to LATCH weight limits and CR labeling?  And, exactly how should our parent information be changed so it’s current?

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