Any child safety seat can be safely and firmly anchored inside your vehicle using the seatbelts. Sometimes, you may find that a seat is not easily compatible with the way your vehicle is constructed. It’s a good idea, when purchasing a seat, to make sure you can return it if you have problems with fit.
In 2002, a more standardized method of anchoring the seats was introduced. It’s called LATCH, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. LATCH doesn’t anchor a seat any better than seat belts. Because it’s standardized, it can make installation easier.
To comply with LATCH requirements, all new vehicles come with built-in attachment points at the top of each car seat and on the floor behind it. Straps built into the safety seat connect securely to these attachment points, anchoring the safety seat at both top and bottom.
Even with LATCH, it’s still possible to install a seat incorrectly. When using both the LATCH or seat-belt method, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Free inspections are available nationwide. Find an inspection station near you by calling 1-866-SEAT-CHECK or visiting this website: http://seatcheck.org