What Do IIHS LATCH Safety Ratings Mean?

At Maserati of Wilmington Pike, we want you to know the importance of properly installing a child safety seat. Most vehicles that we sell come with the LATCH system, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issues rankings each years to determine how easy they are to use.

It is important to know that these are not safety ratings. As long as you use the LATCH system properly, your child will be safe no matter what type of vehicle you own. Furthermore, it is possible to secure a child safety seat with just a seat belt.

To get the highest possible rating from the IIHS, a LATCH system must have a clearance angle of 54 degrees or more. It must also be possible attach a car seat using 40 pounds or less of force. Finally, the anchors must be no more than an inch under the seat bight.



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