What is the LATCH system? LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. It is the recommended way to secure your car seat to the car. All vehicles and safety seats made after September 2002 have the LATCH attachments as required by the federal government. Instead of using your vehicle's seat belt, car seats attach to two anchor bars installed in the lower seatback. These anchors may be concealed under the fabric of the seat. The LATCH system has made installing car seats less confusing, resulting in more correctly-installed child safety seats.
*If your vehicle is older than a 2002 model, don't worry! There are other ways of installing a car seat safely without using the LATCH system, including using the car's seat belt and the car seat's tether strap. Refer to both the car seat's manual and your vehicle's manual to determine the best way to install your car seat.