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Old 02-01-2017, 12:53 PM   #1
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How much does "latch" matter in car purchase?

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We are considering buying a new (used) car and am curious as to how strongly you think we should factor in the presence/absence of the "latch" function into our decision. It sounds like the latch system is easier to install correctly, which is a pretty significant thing!

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Re: How much does "latch" matter in car purchase?

Personally I feel properly installed and properly used is more important than latch versus belt. I never could figure out the latch system. Maybe I just didn't want to. Anyway, I used the belt.
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Re: How much does "latch" matter in car purchase?

We have a latch system but used the belt for the longest time until one day someone at our car dealership showed us how to use the latch system. In my particular car it seems way more secure. But in my husbands car it isnt much different either way. So I think it is more personal preference.
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Re: How much does "latch" matter in car purchase?

I can get a good install with seat belt or latch so I personally wouldn't let it effect my purchasing decisions. Unless you are looking at a pretty old vehicle though it will probably have latch.
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Old 02-01-2017, 03:10 PM   #5
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Re: How much does "latch" matter in car purchase?

A top tether anchor for a forward facing child is crucial. It is sometimes part of the LATCH set but not always. Make sure the vehicle you purchase has tether anchors. You can Google it to see pictures.


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