Latch Up Your Kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/10/02

Latch Up Your Kids

With or without the directions, installing a car seat can be difficult. If you don't fasten it into the seat just right, your child could be injured in an accident.

Jeffrey Runge, a safety expert for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, "The bad news is there are 649 children under five years of age who are killed in traffic crashes each year in this country."

Now, there's a solution to the age-old problem. L.A.T.C.H. stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. L.A.T.C.H. is designed to make car seat installation easier. It uses anchors found between the vehicle's back seat cushion and buckles or hooks on child safety seats. The two parts snap together to secure the safety seat to the vehicle. There is also a top anchor that connects to a tether strap on the safety seat. Runge says, "The L.A.T.C.H. System will eliminate the problem of belt fitting."

The Chrysler group is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the new system. Safety experts feel the latch could prevent up to 3,000 injuries a year. They're urging parents to get their child safety seats inspected

Most cars manufactured within the last two years are outfitted with the L.A.T.C.H. System. If your car does not have it, you can call your manufacturer to get L.A.T.C.H. installed. For more information ( click here ).

For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.

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