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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
A new federal ruling will require a change for car seat manufacturers involving the lower anchors and tethers (LATCH) system. The system was designed to make car seats easier to install by anchoring them at the base of vehicle seats.
The current labeling on LATCH-compatible car seats does not specifically tell parents to factor in the weight of the car seat itself when calculating the weight limit of the seat. When the ruling goes into effect in February 2014, manufacturers will have to include a sticker on the seat that shows the weight of the seat itself and how much a child in the seat can weigh using the latch system. The max weight is a combined 65 lbs. For example, if the seat weighs 15 lbs, the child can weigh no more than 50 lbs.
"If you reach the upper weight limits of the LATCH, then you can always use the seat belt on any car seat," said Karen Ivey, Safe Kids Coordinator for Huntsville Hospital. "We do use seat belts when we know that perhaps the child has reached the weight limit and beyond on a LATCH system."
Huntsville Hospital offers free help fitting car seats for parents. Their car seat fitting station is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment call 256-265-7296.
Huntsville Hospital has been following the combined weight guidelines since the LATCH system was created. Ivey said all parents should start following them immediately.