LATCH Education

Car Seat Safety LATCH - Child Car Seat Installation

Canada: Universal Anchorage System

What is LATCH?

  • LATCH, which stands for “Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren”, is designed to make proper car seat installation easier.
  • LATCH is standard in all cars manufactured after September 1, 2002, and eliminates the need for the use of passenger seatbelts to secure the car seats.
  • The LATCH system has two permanent anchors at the base of vehicle’s rear seats and a top anchor behind each seating position in all vehicles. These anchors are specifically designed for car seat tethers and hooks.

Where is LATCH located?

  • On your car seat: infant and convertible car seats have LATCH tether straps with locking clips that are compatible with all vehicles. In addition, all front-facing seats that have an internal harness have a top tether strap.
  • In your car: consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the location of the lower anchors and tethers in your car. Car manufacturers are required to provide at least two lower anchor seating positions in the rear seat, generally the two outer seating positions. Car manufacturers are also required to provide three tether anchorages in the rear seat.

What if I have an older car seat that doesn’t have LATCH?

  • Evenflo offers tether extenders for anchors in hard-to-reach areas of certain vehicles.
  • Evenflo recommends the use of top tethers on forward facing car seats in your vehicle if it is available.