Evenflo SureLATCH® Connector FAQs
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.
Is SureLATCH® safer than using the vehicle seat belts for
Not necessarily. A
child car seat PROPERLY installed with a vehicle seat belt should be as safe as one
properly installed with LATCH. LATCH
should make it easier to get a proper installation. Evenflo’s SureLATCH technology
automatically retracts when you push down or back on your seat to create a
super-snug fit by utilizing your vehicles LATCH system.
Can I still use a Symphony™ all-in-one car seat in a
vehicle that does not have LATCH?
Yes. Symphony65™ car seat is compatible with vehicle seat
belt installations. View the installation video for Symphony™ using the
vehicle seat belts.
I heard the middle seat is safest, but our vehicle only has
LATCH on the outside, what should I do?
When utilizing the internal harness, it is recommended that
you first try installing with the vehicle seat belt in the center if it (1) fits well
and (2) is permitted by the car seat and vehicle owner's manuals.
Can I use top tethers or LATCH with a Symphony™ car seat
while it is in booster seat mode?
Yes, and the booster seat should always be secured with the
SureLATCH connectors or vehicle seat belt when not occupied. An unsecured
booster seat can fly into and injure other occupants in the event of a crash.
Can I use both SureLATCH and the vehicle seat belt?
Other than when the child car seat is being used in booster
mode, no. Only one or the other should
be used when utilizing the internal harness and you should generally use the
one that provides the best fit in your vehicle.
Always consult the vehicle owner’s for approved locations before
installing any car seat in your vehicle.
Can I use SureLATCH on a child car seat that isn’t a
No, the SureLATCH is only designed and tested for the
Symphony car seat.
Is there a weight limit restriction on when to discontinue
the use of SureLATCH™?
Yes, install the Symphony™ child car seat with a vehicle
seat belt (NOT SureLATCH connectors) when using the restraint’s harness straps
to secure a child who weights more than 48lbs (21.7kg).
Also, please see the Official NHTSA LATCH Information.
Learn more about the Symphony™ All-In-One Car Seat
How do I locate the tether anchor for my vehicle?
Refer to your vehicle owners manual for the location and
restrictions of the top tether anchor.
Can I use a tether on my Symphony™ car seat when it is
NO, the Symphony™ child car seat does not allow the use of
the top tether rear facing. Always refer
to the car seat owner's manual.