Car Seat Changes For 2014: What Every Parent Should Know
Every parent knows that they need to properly restrain their child in a car seat while riding in a moving vehicle. However with changing laws and guidelines, people often find themselves questioning if they’re doing it right; What passed as safe practices in 1974 doesn’t even scratch the surface for 2014.
That’s why you should know about changes that will go into effect in 2014.
Starting in 2014, the new rule states that the LATCH system should no longer be used when the child and car seat combined weight is over 65lbs.
This is an amendment to the law instated in 2001 that says that all children up to 65lbs must remain in car seats, but that did not take into account the weight of car seats. Car manufacturers cannot guarantee the strength of the anchors when adding the additional weight of the seat, thus the need to modify the law.
The best way to know if you’re complying with the law is to weigh your child and the seat separately. (Weighting the seat separately gives you a base weight to derive future projections on). Then, add the two together. If the sum is larger than 65 pounds, start using the seat belt restraint versus the Latch System.