LATCH Or Seatbelts

14 Replies
Steph - January 18

How many of you use your LATCH systems in your car? I've just gotten Trev a "regular" car seat this past weekend, and I'm trying to decide if I should just use the belt or the LATCH system. I'm getting a new SUV on Saturday and wonder if using the belt is just the same as the LATCH system? When Trev was in his infant carrier, we just used the belt even though I have the option for the LATCH.

 

ssmith - January 18

My car doesn't have the LATCH, so obviously I use the seatbelt. From what I have read, some car seats are supposed to be safer when using seatbelts. I have also read that once kids reach a certain weight, you have to use the seatbelt regardless.

 

Brittany - January 18

what do you mean by using the seat belt, do you mean using it on the carseats where you have to put the belt through the back of the carseat or the carseat where you but the belt on the carseat so it's over the childs lap and chest? My son is two and we use the latch system, that carseat isn't going ANYWHERE haha. My parents used to use the seatbealt where you put the belt through the back of the carseat and they'd pull the seatbelt all the way out so when the seat belt went to re-wind back into the car, you couldn't pull it back out, does that make sense? Like the seatbelt locked so it made the carseat stay in tighter. Sorry if this was confusing. It depends on what car seat you have, I'd say the latch system is awesome if used correctly (like when all three harnesses are attached to the car...the two on the bottom and the one at the head of the carseat).

 

Brittany - January 18

oops, typo, my parents used to use the carseat where you put the seatbelt*

 

Steph - January 18

The carseat where you put the seatbelt through the back of the carseat to hold the seat in place. That's how I'm using it now, but I think I'll use the LATCH when I switch over to the new car this weekend...cause my dad will be able to figure it out for me!! They didn't have the LATCH system when my daughter was little, so it's kinda new to me. :o)

 

Brittany - January 18

I'd definitely use the latch system then, if you have it, use it! Once you latch it into the car, you can also put the seat belt through the back just for extra precautions. Thats what I did, it probably won't make a difference haha. Good luck!

 

Danielle19 - January 18

i use the latch i love it because it never gets loose like the seatbelt does, when i used the seatbelts i always had to re tighten it

 

jb - January 18

ssmith is right. After they reach a certain weight, then you HAVE to use the regular seatbelt.

 

Rabbits07 - January 19

We just completed a car safety seat training cla__s in which we were told that the LATCH system is safer than seatbelts simply because most people don't install correctly using the seatbelt. The LATCH system is pretty easy....you just hook on both sides, pull the strap and you're done. Of course, you still have to make sure that you have the seat installed at the right angle and everything, but the LATCH does make it easier to get the seat in tight like it's suppose to be. Using a seatbelt (lap and shoulder) requires the use of a locking clip and in our cla__s she said that 75% of parents use them incorrectly or in the wrong place. SCARY! I had to use the seatbelts in our old van as it didn't have the LATCH system in it. I even actually used the locking clips correctly and the seat was still ooser than what I thought it should be. Now I can't budge Mason or Clint's carseats. Clint's is forward facing and when using the LATCH with the tether anchors that seat ain't going nowhere! Just wondering where you guys read that after a certain weight you HAVE to use the seatbelt? I've never read that. I know that once they move on to a a high back booster functioning without the integrated belts that you have to use a seatbelt...even then we were told that they recommend still using the LATCH system on those to prevent the seat from flying forward in the event that you are in an accident and the child isn;t with you (and therefore the seat wouldn't be buckled in by the seatbelt). With the no back boosters you can't use the LATCH.

 

Rabbits07 - January 19

Just to clarify for anyone not aware of how the high back booster works...when using the high back booster without the integrated belts the car's shoulder and lap belt go in front of the child and are not thread through the back of the seat....they are basically used to strap the child in just as you and I would use the seatbelt.

 

Nerdy Girl - January 19

Rabbits, the LATCH limit is typically 40 lbs, depending on the car make. Then you need to use the seatbelt to secure the carseat to the car. Here is one site with that info. It's about halfway down the page. car-safety.org/latch.html One of our cars has latch and the other does not. My husband must be a carseat installation wizard because the one installed with the seatbelt is in there like a rock, no way in hell it even wiggles. As as far as the high back booster - we have a Graco one for our 4 year old and it does not have any straps at all so there is no way to also use the LATCH with it as you mentioned.

 

Rabbits07 - January 19

Thanks Nerdy Girl. Mason is still in the convertible rear facing so it's not a worry with him now. Clint has an Evenflo carseat that converts to a high back booster. He is 34 lbs now so is still using it as a car seat. I will have to get out our manuals for the carseats and our van to have a look at the recommendations about the LATCH system after 40 lbs. Clint's has the LATCH and the tether on it and that's how it is installed currently but I don't know if it recommends changing to the seatbelt when used as a booster...I'll have to read up on it. Thanks again!

 

Rabbits07 - January 19

Hmmmm, makes me wonder why they recommended that in our car seat safety cla__s!

 

Rabbits07 - January 19

Duh, I guess because the LATCH isn't actually serving the purpose of holding the child in once it's a booster...the seat belt is around them and doing that job. The purpose of the LATCH on a booster was only to keep the seat from flying around in case of an accident when the child was not in it. That just hit me....LOL.

 

Rabbits07 - January 19

"is" doing that job...not and.

 

ADD A COMMENT:


You must log in to reply.

Are you New to the forum? Sign Up Here! Already a member? Please login below.

Forgot your password?
Need Help?
New to the forum?

Sign Up Here!


Already a member?
Please login below.





Forgot your password?
Need Help?