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.
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.