The 1 Car Seat Rule Even the Most Safety-Conscious Parent Doesn’t Know

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Most newer car and car seat models use the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), but even the most safety-conscious of parents may be misusing the simple car seat installation method. The LATCH system attaches the car seat to the vehicle through anchor points installed in the car and connectors on the car seat, which makes for easy installation and can eliminate potential errors resulting from installing a car seat with a seat belt. However, many parents don’t know that the 65-pound weight limit for using the LATCH system includes the weight of your child as well as the weight of the car seat itself (most average between 20-25 pounds).

We spoke with Sarah Tilton, Britax’s Child Passenger Safety Technician and Chair of the National Child Passenger Safety Board, who confirmed LATCH weight limit guidelines for us. “Very often we see a misuse with LATCH systems as families don’t know that they have a total weight capacity,” she told POPSUGAR. “Your car seat plus your child cannot weight more than 65 pounds. There’s a label on the side of every car seat…

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