Installing a car seat for your child isn’t an easy task, and some cars make it more difficult than others.
Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released ease-of-use ratings for the LATCH system found in new cars, and the results could be surprising to some. In total, the agency tested 102 vehicles and 10 received a poor rating, while only three earned a rating of good.
The new LATCH system has been required in new vehicles since 2002 and stands for low anchors and tethers for children, with the aim to make installing a child seat easier. Unfortunately for numerous vehicles, the system isn’t as well implemented as it should be.
Vehicles at the bottom of the list from IIHS sees a few pickup trucks including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Toyota Tundra. Two compacts make an appearance in the form of the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent, while popular sedans on the poor list include the Volkswagen Jetta, Mazda6 Nissan Altima and Lexus ES300. Perhaps most alarming of the 10 cars on the list is the Toyota Sienna, a minivan that is targeted towards families with children.