Most Popular Car Seat Checks


Parents, grandparents and caretakers know what a pain it can be to install child-safety seats into a car. Imagine doing it over and over and over again. That’s what our Car Seat Check team does nearly every week as it tests new cars to find out how easy it is to use the Latch system.

Car Seat Checks are performed by editor Kelsey Mays, photographer Ian Merritt and editor and certified car-seat technician Jennifer Newman.

During these checks, we see if there’s enough legroom to accommodate the different kinds of car seats. We also check to see if three car seats can fit in a second-row bench. We make sure the three car seats aren’t packed in so tightly that a child sitting in a booster seat can’t reach the seat belt buckle to buckle up independently.

We use a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat, a Graco SnugRide 30 infant-safety seat and a high-back Graco TurboBooster. We chose these car seats because they are among the most popular in their categories, and we wanted to use car seats that parents might own. The car seats were purchased by

Here are some of our most popular Car Seat Checks:

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Honda Civic

2012 Honda Pilot

2012 Mazda5

2012 Volkswagen Passat

2011 Chrysler 300 and 300C

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Toyota Corolla

2011 Toyota Highlander

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