Parents Are More Likely to Use Tethers When They Can Easily Find the Anchors

This brief article describes a recent study that investigated the use of top tethers, for installing a child restraint (car seat or booster seat). The study found that parents are more likely to use the top tethers when installing a car seat with a vehicles’ Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system if the attachment anchor is easy to find. Tethers tend to be easiest to find in sedans, where they are usually placed on the back deck, behind the rear seat, where they are easy to see. In vehicles including SUVs and minivans, the tethers may in the floor, middle or lower seat back, or on the ceiling. The study also found a higher percentage of incorrectly-installed restraints in vehicles where the tether location was hidden or confusing. The study was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Readers are referred to the full study at (J.S. Jermakian).


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  • Accession Number: 01523652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2014 6:42PM