The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates cars with an automated braking system on low- and moderate-speed tracks to determine front crash prevention ratings. IIHS also performs tests on headlights and the LATCH child seat attachment mechanism. The IIHS assigns each seat a score from good to bad when grading LATCH implementation in vehicles.

When it comes to lower anchors accessibility, anchors that are less than ¾ of an inch deep in the seat bight are known for being easy to locate. Anchors that are a little bit deeper are acceptable if they're easy to reach and unimpeded. Another important element in LATCH evaluation is the force.

The force needed to install a child seat is measured with a piece of special equipment that resembles the lower connector on a child seat. Under 40 pounds of force is required to attach this gadget. The angle at which things are clear (also clearance angle) should be less than 54 degrees.


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