Is the latch system safer than a car seat belt?

Cynthia Crothers, Car Seat Specialist, explains which is safer to use for a child car seat, a latch system or a car seat belt
Is The Latch System Safer Than A Car Seat Belt?
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Is the latch system safer than a car seat belt?

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So that is a great question that parents always ask: latch versus non latch. My car does not have latch so I really can´t put my baby safely in the car. Yes, you can. Latches don´t exist in most cars in the center position and the center rear position is the safest place for a baby in any car anywhere any time. So using latch in the center just doesn´t happen in almost every car. So we use seat belts in that position. A correctly used seatbelt is ultimately safer than a latch bar that has a maximum weight of 40 pounds or 48 pounds. A seatbelt used correctly has a weight bearing of holding a 400 pound male adult at full force. Ultimately, a seatbelt is safer.

Cynthia Crothers, Car Seat Specialist, explains which is safer to use for a child car seat, a latch system or a car seat belt

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Cynthia Crothers

Car Seat Specialist

Cynthia Crothers of KidzSeatz Carseat Installation Service is a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Specialist in Los Angeles and New Jersey. Cindy is the mother of five daughters and has six grandchildren.  An eager student, Cindy had the opportunity to go through a five day training with Sit Safe, the VW and Audi CPS training program. Amazed at how car seats and car seat safety has changed over the years, Cindy became a strong advocate for child passenger safety starting with her own grandchildren. Thousands of families later, she currently offers detailed hands-on training sessions for parents and caregivers. A parent needs to know how to customize and reinstall their car seat correctly and use it correctly for their child to have the best chance of surviving a crash. Vehicles are the number one killer of children under 16 years old. To Cindy, nothing is more important in protecting children on the move.

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