When you visit Kearny Mesa Ford to browse family-friendly vehicles, ask a Ford dealer about onboard safety systems. This includes the LATCH system, which helps you buckle in child seats and protect your children. To learn more about how to use the LATCH system, we have assembled this handy guide.

What Is the LATCH System?

LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. It refers to the in-car system that keeps the child seat locked in place. This system is standard on all modern Ford vehicles and is a proven safety system for keeping children safe.

The LATCH system is designed to work with all kinds of child seats, from rear-facing seats to front-facing models. No matter what car seat you have, you can protect your children in the event of an accident.

How to Use the LATCH System

Your Ford vehicle is designed for easy LATCH system operation. To install your car seat into this system, you must:

  • Choose your seat location: Choose which seat to install the car seat onto. You should locate the LATCH system on your seat of choice and ensure all the parts are working correctly.
  • Attach the lower anchors: Next, attach the lower anchors to the car seat. This secures the seat in place.
  • Attach the tethers: The upper tether protects your child in front-facing car seats.
  • Check your work: Once installation is complete, the seat should not move more than an inch in any direction.

Browse Safe Ford Vehicles at Kearny Mesa Ford

If you need a demonstration of the LATCH system, our Ford dealer is happy to show you. Visit Kearny Mesa Ford to browse new Ford vehicles and learn more about the safety systems that protect family members of all ages and sizes.