If you did not know this yet, a new LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) labeling law goes into effect today. This new rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns parents not to use the LATCH if the combined weight of the car seat and child weighs more than 65 pound. This weight limit is because if the car is in an accident, there is risk for the lower anchors to pull out of the floor during a crash due to the excess weight which can result in child injury or death.. This risk is amplified because many parents fail to use the top tether straps along with the LATCH system. This new law only applies to the lower anchors so the top tether straps should still be used.
This new law is a good reminder for all us parents to ensure that we have installed our car seats correctly. We need to make sure we are using the LATCH correctly if the combined car seat and child weight is under 65 pounds. If the weight exceeds 65 then stop using the LATCH and install the car seat without it.
For detailed information on LATCH and the new law, visit The Car Seat Lady!