IIHS: Rear Seats Make It Tough To Fit Child Seats Page 2

April 12, 2012

Results of volunteer installations

Parents volunteering for the study showed just how wide-ranging the problem of correct child seat installation can be. They used the lower anchors correctly only 60 percent of the time and top tethers were used correctly with forward-facing child restraints only 48 percent of the time.

Overall, parents and caregivers correctly installed child seats with lower anchors and top tethers “for a secure, tight fit at the right angle” in just 13 percent of the cases.

2011 Ford Escape

2011 Ford Escape

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2010-2011 models meeting all three easy-installation criteria

There are some bright spots in the study, with the following 2010-2011 models meeting all three of the easy-installation criteria:

  • Audi A4 Quattro
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Equinox LT, Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, Suburban LT, Tahoe S
  • Chrysler Town & Country (2010)
  • Dodge Caliber Mainstreet, Grand Caravan Crew, Ram 1500 crew cab
  • Ford Escape XLT, F-150 SuperCrew Cab
  • GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab SLE
  • Honda Pilot EX-L
  • Kia Sedona LX
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Mercedes-Benz C300, E350
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe GS, Lancer ES
  • Toyota Tacoma extended cab

2010-2011 models failing to meet any easy-installation criteria

  • Buick Enclave CX
  • Chevrolet Impala LT
  • Dodge Avenger Express
  • Ford Flex SEL, Taurus Limited
  • Hyundai Sonata Limited
  • Toyota Sienna XLE

The full research paper is available to download in PDF format here. Also see Status Report: Vol. 47, No. 3. Finally, the IIHS has valuable information on how to choose the right type of child restraint here.



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