By Cars.com EditorsSeptember 21, 2020
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How Do Cars.com's Car Seat Checks Work? Watch the video to find out.
<v Narrator>We know parenting is tough and there's a ton of information out there about the right way to do well... everything. And while we can't help you sort through it all we can help you in one area and that's car seat installation.
Each year our certified child passenger safety technicians test and grade new cars to see which fit car seats best. And just like in school each year we named the cars that have made our honor roll. Our car seat check honor roll recognizes vehicles that make car seat installation a breeze. And that means receiving all A's in our car seat checks. So what goes into a car seat check? We start each car seat check by evaluating the car's latch system, which is supposed to make it easier to correctly install car seats. Cars manufactured after September 1st, 2002 are required by the federal government to have a latch system which usually consists of two sets of lower latch anchors and three top tether anchors. Next we test how each vehicle handles the various styles of child safety seats in terms of both space and installation. We test rear and forward facing convertible seats a booster seat, and an infant seat. So what warrants a perfect score? Easy to find and use latches, as well as all four types of car seats fitting with ease. It's not easy earning all A's in a car seat check but those cars that do jump to the head of the class earning a spot on cars.com's yearly car seat check honor role. Head over to cars.com/news for more on our car seat checks.