Graco joins the “center LATCH” club!!!!

Graco now allows center LATCH!!!

Best of all, the change is RETROACTIVE for ALL GRACO SEATS!!!

P.S. CHICCO, if you’re listening, we’d love for you to do the same :) 

See below for Graco’s official statement which will begin appearing in their instruction manuals. 

Infant in a Graco Snug Ride 35 (yes, the harness straps are buckled & snug - the blanket is OVER the straps, giving the baby a snug swaddled feeling. And yes, it is OK for the baby's head to rest to the side like this - so long as her chin is off her chest she will have no trouble breathing.

Not sure what “center LATCH” means, or why this is so exciting… don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our LATCH section (see the top toolbar for “LATCH”): Start here for a thorough explanation of LATCH, then jump here to learn about center LATCH, then peruse our spreadsheets to see if your vehicle allows for center LATCH, and finally, check here to see if your child’s car seat allows for center LATCH.

Phew, that was kinda complicated for a system that was supposed to make things less complicated!

The other members of the “center LATCH” club are: Britax, Combi, Orbit, Recaro, Safeguard, Snug Seat, Sunshine Kids, and Triple Play

GRACO’s POLICY ON THE USE OF THE LOWER ANCHORS TO SECURE A GRACO SEAT IN THE CENTER OF THE VEHICLE 

Graco is now allowing all child restraints to be installed using non-standard LATCH spacing in the center position based on the following criteria:

-         Distance between the two inboard LATCH anchors must be 11” or greater.

-         The vehicle owner’s manual must permit the use of LATCH in the center seating position.

-         A tight installation can be achieved per the child restraint instruction manual.

-         There must not be any contact or obstructions that could damage the CRS straps and/or the vehicle safety belts.

 

This direction is retroactive to all Graco child restraints that may be installed using LATCH.

LATCH lower vehicle anchor points are defined as 11 inches from the center of one LATCH anchor to the center of another LATCH anchor.

If allowed by your Vehicle Owner’s Manual, the center seating position may be used if the anchor spacing is 11” or greater.

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11 Responses to “Graco joins the “center LATCH” club!!!!”
  1. Kristie says:

    Am I reading correctly that Chicco seats are not to be used with center latch?

    • Chicco seats can only be used where the latch anchors are spaced 11 inches apart (standard spacing). There are a few cars where the anchors in the center are 11 inches apart (see the tables as it lists the distance between the lower anchors in the vehicles that allow center latch).

  2. Sarah B says:

    I could not find the 2006 Honda CR-V on the compatible list. It has 4 total anchors, designed for the left and right seats, but the inner anchors are further than 11 inches apart. I measured about 18 inches. Can a car seat be installed in the center with LATCH with these specifications?

    • Sarah – you couldn’t find the 2006 CR-V on this list because it does NOT allow the use of LATCH to secure a car seat in the center. This list only includes vehicles that DO allow LATCH in the center.

      • Sarah B says:

        What could the reasoning behind not allowing center LATCH if the gap is greater than 11inches? Is there a gap size that is too big? Is it simply because the CR-V manual doesn’t say center LATCH is possible? Because why would they if this is an allowance made after the car manual was printed?

      • The 2007 Honda CR-V is completely redesigned and has 5 lower anchors, not the 4 you have. So it is not that a change was made after the manual was printed, it is that the 2006 and 2007 are not the same vehicle, and therefore have different manuals with different instructions.

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