Tips for Using Your LATCH System | Mission, TX

LATCH System Pointers - Bert Ogden Cadillac in Mission, Texas

To help protect your health during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bert Ogden Cadillac in Mission, Texas, implemented the Express Checkout system, which allows you to safely purchase a vehicle from home and have it delivered to your driveway. This totally contactless experience is mirrored in our no-contact vehicle maintenance options as well.

But safety extends beyond viruses. When we travel with our children, it is important that they are safely secured in their car seats. Many vehicles feature a LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) to help you install your car’s child seat properly.

How to Use the LATCH System Effectively

If you are new to the LATCH system for securing a car seat, check out these important pointers before getting started on the installation process:

  • First and foremost, read the owner’s manual for your vehicle and for the car seat to ensure that the two will work effectively together using the LATCH system. Why? The LATCH system varies by make and model; it’s not one-size-fits-all. Make sure the weight of the car seat plus the weight of your child does not surpass the weight limit afforded by your specific vehicle’s LATCH system. If it does, you should use the seatbelt method for buckling the car seat in.
  • Search behind the upholstery if you are struggling to find the tethers and anchors for your LATCH system. The appropriate anchors and tethers will have a LATCH symbol on them so that you know you’ve located the right ones.
  • Every car seat requires its own LATCH system. Do not try to double up on multiple car seats.
  • If you are using a forward-facing car seat, the top latch is crucial. This latch works to help minimize head movement should you get into an accident.

  • Check out the family-friendly lineup of Cadillac models at Bert Ogden Cadillac in Mission, Texas.

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