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Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) Restraint System

The Facts - 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly

Every year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in crashes, mainly because 3 out of every 4 children in child safety seats are not properly secured, or even worse, not restrained at all.

Confused About How to Use It Right?

In too many instances, parents are confused about how to correctly install their child's seat, don't know that every seat doesn't fit in every car, or they don't realize that their vehicle is equipped with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system.

LATCH - Easier to get it right

NHTSA is here to help you. Nearly every car seat and most vehicles manufactured since September 1, 2002, are required to have the LATCH system. LATCH makes it easier to get the child seat in right - the first time and every time.

Take Action Today to Protect Your Child

We know that as a parent or caregiver, you will do everything in your power to protect your children. You'll find here all the information you need to understand and use the LATCH system correctly and safeguard your child. Always follow the installation instructions provided by your car seat manufacturer and your vehicle owner's manual.

LATCH Information
Installation Instructions
LATCH installation instructions
Instrucciones para la instalación
LATCH Definitions
Preguntas y Respuestas
LATCH Poster
LATCH Poster en español
Simple Facts - Handout
LATCH simple facts
Datos básicos de LATCH


LATCH Instructional Videos

(click on the image for online viewing)

Car Seat

LATCH - Rear Facing Car Seat
(download video)
Convertible Seat

LATCH - Rear Facing Convertible Seat
(download video)
Convertible Seat

LATCH - Forward Facing Convertible Seat
(download video)
Car Seat
LATCH - Forward Facing Car Seat
(download video)


Press-Ready Logos

press-ready LATCH logo
press-ready LATCH logo in Spanish



U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
1-800-424-9153 (TTY)