GM Latch System

By: Rachel Calderone
By: Rachel Calderone

It's the latest in safety for the tiniest passengers and it's peace of mind for parents who will know their kids are safely buckled in.

The lower anchors and tethers for children or the latch system gives snug installation of car seats without the use of vehicle seatbelts. Federal law requires all new vehicles to have the latch system but General Motors took it a step further. All of their dealerships offer an orientation program for buyers so they can learn how to install the car seat properly.

If your car seat is not compatible with the new system, you can buy a retrofit kit so you can use your current car seat with your new car. Using the new safety feature still requires old habits: it's important to turn off your air bags if your child sits in the front seat.

Kids less than one-year-old should face the back of the car when they're seated in a car seat. And if they're more than one-year-old and between 20-40 lbs, they should face the front.

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  • In a 30 mph crash, a child unrestrained continues forward at a force equivalent to falling from a three-story building.

  • Holding a 25-pound child in a 30 mph car crash is like trying to catch a 750-pound block of cement.

  • The use of safety seats for children ages 0-4 years increased more than 20 percent in the last eight years.

  • 1,135 children ages 0-10 died in the United States due to car crashes last year.

  • Everyday three children in the U.S. ages 0-10 die due to car crashes.

  • Everyday 500 children in the U.S. ages 0-10 are injured in car crashes

  • Currently 40 states have in place or are considering standardized seat belt enforcement legislation.

    Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov contributed to this report


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