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What is the LATCH Child Seat Restraint System?

Joni Gray
by Joni Gray
August 25, 2014

If you're a parent who has used a car seat for your child, you've probably asked the question, "What is LATCH?" The all-capital term was designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as an anchor in the back seats of most cars since September 1, 2002. Dig your fingers into the sides of most back seats and you'll find the LATCH.

Stephanie Tombrello, a California spokesperson for Safety Belt Safe USA, explains to our Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Naranjo, how the LATCH child restraint system works and what to look out for when it comes to car seat connectors. Stephanie explains that not all car seats have the same type of clamps and some are trickier than others. 


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