Installing The LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint System

Each vehicle, except commercial cargo vehicles,

Each vehicle, except commercial cargo vehicles, is equipped with the child restraint anchorage system called LATCH, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren. Two LATCH child restraint anchorage systems are installed on all second-row seats and in the center position on all third row fold-in-floor seats. Second-row seats also feature tether strap anchorages, located in the rear surface of the seatback. In addition, all third row fold-in-floor seats are equipped with a child restraint tether anchor at the center seating position.

• When using the LATCH attaching system to install a child restraint, please ensure that all seat belts not being used for occupant restraints are stowed and out of reach of children. It is recommended that before installing the child restraint, buckle the seat belt so the seat belt is tucked behind the child restraint and out of reach. If the buckled seat belt interferes with the child restraint installation, instead of tucking the seat belt behind the child restraint, route the seat belt through the child restraint belt path and then buckle it. This should stow the seat belt out of the reach of an inquisitive child. Remind all children in the vehicle that the seat belts are not toys and should not be played with, and never leave your child unattended in the vehicle.
• If your child restraint seat is not LATCH-compatible, install the restraint using the vehicle seat belts.

Installing the Lower Attachments:

1. The vehicle lower anchorages are round bars located at the rear of the seat cushion where it meets the seatback.

2. Loosen the adjusters on the lower child restraint attachment straps (reference the child restraint seat instructions) to ease the installation.

It is recommended to loosen the top tether strap and route it loosely prior to securing the lower anchors so the top tether strap is not trapped between the vehicle seat and child restraint.

3. Attach the lower child restraint attachment straps to the vehicle’s lower anchor bars. Ensure that the lower attachment strap is firmly engaged and that the hook is secure.

4. Tighten the lower attachment strap while firmly pushing the child restraint rearward and downward into the vehicle seat. Remove all slack in the lower attachment straps. Reference the child restraint instructions for information on properly removing slack.

LATCH Anchorages (Second Row Anchorages Shown)
LATCH Anchorages (Second Row Anchorages Shown)

LATCH Anchorages (Third Row 60/40 Anchorages Shown)
LATCH Anchorages (Third Row 60/40 Anchorages Shown)

Installing the Top Tether Strap (with either Lower Anchors or Vehicle Seat Belt):

1. Route the top tether strap under the adjustable head restraint between the steel posts.

2. Provide enough slack (reference child restraint instructions) for the tether strap to reach the tether anchor located near the bottom of the seat back.

3. Clip tether hook to tether anchor. Ensure that the hook is firmly engaged and secure.

4. Remove all slack and tighten tether strap according to child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.

The top tether strap is always to be secured, regardless of if the child restraint is installed with the lower anchors or the vehicle seat belt.

Rear Seat Tether Strap Mounting (Second Row Anchorage Shown)
Rear Seat Tether Strap Mounting (Second Row Anchorage Shown)

LATCH Anchorages (Third Row 60/40 Anchorage Shown)
LATCH Anchorages (Third Row 60/40 Anchorage Shown)

An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to increased head motion and possible injury to the child.
Use only the anchor positions directly behind the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether strap.

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