The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is dedicated to doing what insurers do best: minimizing risk. Traditionally, they've been known for the crash tests they perform on new cars. These tests have led to the adoption of all kinds of safety innovations over the years, from seatbelts to airbags and more.

Recently, the IIHS has set its sights on child safety seats. To be more precise, it's focused on the way children are restrained. The acronym LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This refers to the hardware that's used in securing child safety seats in cars.

The IIHS has data showing that LATCH is highly effective. But not all LATCH systems are intuitive and easy to use. That's why the IIHS stepped in. By creating a rating system, the IIHS has been able to provide auto manufacturers with useful feedback about what works. This has helped make LATCH systems more user-friendly.



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