th_1393354257_latch-close-upThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced yesterday information regarding the new 65 Pound LATCH rule.

Statistics for proper car seat installation haven’t changed in more than a decade. Despite changes in federal regulations, the availability of car seat installation checks and ongoing education campaigns, three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.

While some may need minor adjustments for proper installation, others sometimes need to start from ground one. It only seems like an advanced degree may be needed in “installationology” but by starting off with the basics you’re one step closer to success.

Here are some easy tips (offered by Dorel Juvenile Group’s Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese) to think about:

The three most important things when choosing a car seat are:

· One that fits your child
· One that fits your car
· One that you will use correctly every time

You can accomplish this by:

· Have the car you will be using the seat in with you and try it out at the store.
· If possible have your child with you at the time of purchase
· Follow information in both the car seat manual and vehicle manual for installation
· Attend a car seat check for assistance in proper installation and use from a certified car seat technician


New rules for car seats using LATCH require understanding of your car seat’s weight and child’s weight:

· Car seats manufactured after February 27, 2014 are required to carry a new label with guidance on maximum weight limits for LATCH
· The combined weight should not exceed 65lbs
· Look in the manual and label on the car seat to identify the weight of the seat
· Look for a weight on the maximum weight for the child
· Know your child’s weight
· If the combined weight of the seat and your child exceeds 65lbs-install the car seat using the vehicle’s belt

It is important to know that installations with the belt or installations with LATCH are equally acceptable. However, car seats should not be installed using both methods at the same time. No matter what method is chosen be sure to finish off the installation by using the top tether.

~ Disclaimer: This information was provided courtesy of Dorel Juvenile Group. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for sharing this post. ~

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32 Responses to The new 65 Pound LATCH rule regarding Car Seats + Safety Tips

  • Amanda K says:

    Great information! I will be sharing with some new moms!

  • Michelle F. says:

    That is great to know and spread around. I am glad that we have been using it.

  • lisa says:

    I’ve heard about this. It’s probably going to be hard to get some older children into it since they have been out of car seats for a while. I do understand the safety aspect, and think it’s a good idea.

  • Aretta H says:

    This is a good list of things to think about for anyone that has a young child. Thank you for sharing this article.

  • Sherri Lewis says:

    So much more complicated than back when I had little kids…… glad I don’t have to worry about this now :)

  • Jane Stanford Booer says:

    that is such a GREAT idea why didnt someone invent one of these years ago!

  • Kristen says:

    Good reminders….every kid I know want to get out of the car seats or at least change up to the next level before it’s safe.

  • Charlene says:

    Great tips, it’s been so long since I’ve had to use a car seat. These tips are very useful, thanks :)

  • Jennifer Hiles says:

    Very interesting. I had no idea that you had to factor in the weight of the seat. You would think they would subtract that when displaying the weight limits. Strange. When my daughter was born, there was a car seat safety event at the local police station. My husband and I went. We got out of the car and no one was around. Eventually an officer walked out and we told him what we were here for and showed him the ad in the paper. He had no idea (and neither did the other officers) that this was going on. There was one officer that had been to car seat safety training (not recently) that tried to assist us. It was sad!

  • Sherri Lewis says:

    So glad I don’t have to worry about this since my “baby” is grown. Way more complicated than it was when she was little

  • lisa says:

    I too am glad my children are grown up. Way back then I held my daughter in my arms when we drove. Then when she was a few months old the seat belt law came into place. She screamed every time we got in the car.

  • Sandra VanHoey says:

    I know with my grandchildren I have always worried if they are in their car seats correctly. This was great information for you to share

  • Rita Spratlen says:

    I had an incident when my son was little when I was rear ended. My son was little and in his car seat in the front seat. He was saved but the car seat still moved. If I wasn’t using it he would have been hurt. This really is an important issue.

  • Toni Marie Caravello Feimer says:

    Good to know. We have three cars and three car seats. So I will check them all anyway, but will let my mom to be friends know. Thanks for the important information.

  • Mer says:

    Thanks for the info! And I didn’t realize such a large percentage of car seats were installed incorrectly, scary!

  • Anita L says:

    These are great tips for parents of young children these days. Things have changed dramatically since my son was little, but it’s good to know that there are now guidelines to follow when it comes to protecting our children.

  • deb healing says:

    Great tips that I passed along to friends with little ones

  • Christina A. says:

    Some really good info! It’s amazing how uneducated people really are about car seat rules! Thanks for this refresher!

  • Leeza says:

    Great tips. Thanks for the info.

  • Sarah Oswald says:

    When I had my kids im sure the carseats were not as safe as they are today but we weren’t given as many choices as today. We are looking for a carseat for my nephews baby and I love reading your reviews because its very helpful.

  • Sandy Cain says:

    So important! I will send this to my daughter, and make sure she knows that the grandkids need to safely secured. Another thing about car seats – they have to be relatively easy to use – or parents won’t use them!

  • gail ward says:

    This is some real good info I will have to pass it on
    to some new moms that I know.

  • Patty wright says:

    I didn’t know about the 65 lb rule

  • j gentry says:

    Many moons ago, my child was sitting in a booster seat and she unbuckled herself as I was turning at a green lght. Yes, she opened the door and tumbled out. I freaked out and didn’t know whether to move. Luckily a friend of mine was behind me and saw what happened. She picked her up and she was fine but it was hours before I could catch my breath. I’m so glad there are more regulations with car seat and safety.

  • Jennifer Hiles says:

    It’s so good to stay updated on the newest regulations and safety procedures. Can anyone tell me at what age/weight limit children switch to booster seats?

  • christine jessamine says:

    Car seat safety is extremely important to me. I am about to have a baby in 2 months and will be looking for a new car seat. Reading the instructions is extremely important. I did not know about new rules after february. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lynda E says:

    Well, my baby is 21 but I still hammer home to everyone younger the importance of car seat safety.

  • I know there has been a lot of talk about safety. It seems these are very good. I love them

  • Lily Kwan says:

    These car seat tips are very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • stacey b says:

    Carseat safety is so very important to me. If it’s anything in parenthood you shouldn’t slack on, it’s this!! Thanks for the article with a nice refresher of proper safety

  • Michael Lambert says:

    I will have to share this information. Thank you for posting.

  • Christina Strapp says:

    Thank you for this very important information!


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