Child Car Safety: What is LATCH?
LATCH stands for "lower anchors and tethers for children"—it's a system designed to make child car seat installation easier. A child safety seat that comes with LATCH attaches to anchors in the backseat, where the cushions meet, and a strap called a tether, which connects the top of the safety seat to the car's frame. The car's seat belts are not used. All child car safety seats and vehicles made after September 1, 2002, come with LATCH.
For more information on how to install child safety seats, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
, which also provides a list of all child safety seats recalled since 1990.