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Car Seat Changes for the New Year

child seatMEDFORD, Ore. — Parents with small children should be aware of car seat restrictions that are being enforced in 2014.

The LATCH System that comes in most passenger cars will be monitored for combined weight. LATCH stands for the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.

Most tethers that come inside a car hold up to 65 pounds, but some car seats can carry children up to 60 pounds. Now, manufacturers are required to inform customers how much weight their car seats can hold.

Drivers cannot use the latch system when the child and the car seat’s combined weight is more than 65 pounds. Car seat technicians say newer car seats can hold more weight, which is safer for kids as long as the tethers support the extra pounds.

“So, you’re not required to go out and buy the one with the biggest weight capacity, but the longer we can keep a kid in a five point harness, versus putting my child into a regular seat belt system, it is a safer means of travel,” explained Fire District 3 Fire Captain Scott Downing.

This stipulation has always been a part of safety recommendations.