IIHS study finds that most automakers don’t pay attention to making child seats easy to install

IIHS Child Seat Study

The Insurance Institute for Highway  Safety has released a study showing that vehicle seat designs make child restraint installation quite difficult. According to the IIHS (and I didn’t know this either) a system called Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) is supposed to make things easier by standardizing attachment hardware.

The study by the IIHS shows that automakers aren’t paying attention to the key factors that make LATCH work. It found that only 21 of the 98 top-selling 2010-11 model passenger vehicles evaluated have LATCH designs that are easy to use.

“Installing a child restraint isn’t always as simple as a couple of clicks and you’re done,” says Anne McCartt, the Institute’s senior vice president for research and one of the report’s authors. “Sometimes parents blame themselves when they struggle with LATCH, but oftentimes the problem lies with the vehicle, not the user.”

Check out the list of vehicles that meet all 3 easy-installation criteria and those that don’t after the jump.

2011 models that meet all 3 easy-installation criteria

Audi A4 Quattro
Cadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Equinox LT
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab
Chevrolet Suburban LT
Chevrolet Tahoe LS
Chrysler Town & Country (2010)
Dodge Caliber Mainstreet
Dodge Grand Caravan Crew
Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab
Ford Escape XLT
Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab
GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab SLE
Honda Pilot EX-L
Kia Sedona LX
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Mercedes-Benz C300
Mercedes-Benz E350
Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe GS
Mitsubishi Lancer ES
Toyota Tacoma extended cab

2011 models that don’t meet any easy-installation criteria

Buick Enclave CX
Chevrolet Impala LT
Dodge Avenger Express
Ford Flex SEL
Ford Taurus Limited
Hyundai Sonata Limited
Toyota Sienna XLE

– By: Omar Rana


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