New car seat requirements may cause confusion

Krista Hostetler

New car seat requirements may cause confusion

CREATED Feb. 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- In a report by USA Today, it states parents of children, who should still be in child-safety seats, will be warned not to use a federally required child-seat attachment system, when a new rule takes effect in early 2014.

This new ruling has caused some confusion among parents in Southern Nevada and across the nation.

"The new rule requires child-seat makers to tell parents not to use the lower anchors (required in cars since 2011) if children and their car seats have a combined weight of 65 pounds," said Jeanne Cosgrove Marsala, director of Safe Kids Clark County. "This is because the strength of the anchors cannot be guaranteed."

Child seats typically weigh 15 to 33 pounds. The new rule states parents of a child as light as 32 pounds may not be able to use a common system designed to make child seats easier to install.

The child-seat system is known as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).

Sunrise Children's Hospital and Safe Kids hold monthly car seat checks at two locations: The District at Green Valley Ranch (third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon) and Sunrise Children's Hospital (third Wednesday of the month from 5-7 p.m.).