New warning for parents who use latch system to attach car seats
By Ashley Jones
(KMOV) – Officials are now advising parents not to use the anchors in the backseat of cars to attach a child’s car seat.
Officials say if your car seat plus your child’s weight is 65 pounds or more combined then you should not be using the latch system because the anchor might not hold. Instead, caregivers should use the car’s seat belt.
News 4 spoke with paramedics at the St. Charles County Ambulance District who say 75 to 90 percent of car seats are not installed correctly.
Kyle Gaines of the St. Charles County Ambulance District says, "with those seats, those convertible seats having higher weight limits, what the concern was is there might eventually in a heavier child put overload on the lower anchors that are part of the latch system in vehicles."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has many resources online including a car seat inspection station locator and a car seat homepage with information on finding the right car seat.