Over a year ago we asked, “What Would You Do?” Using LATCH beyond 40 pounds has been a major industry issue that has gone without resolution for years. Now, Sunshine Kids has an answer. Will it set the trend and ultimately resolve the problem or will it just complicate LATCH even more?
For almost a decade, we’ve known that the issue of LATCH weight limits would be a problem. The 8o pound rated Britax Husky has been around since 2002. Since then, every year, at every conference, the question has been asked to experts from the automobile and child restraint manufacturers. “Why can’t I use LATCH after 40 (or 48) pounds?” Even better, “My child restraint instruction manual says I must use a top tether for higher weight children, but my vehicle manufacturer says I can’t, what do I do?” The answer to these questions? It’s always the same. “We are working hard to resolve these issues, give the manufacturers time to come up with a good solution.” Or, “There is a technical working group studying the problem and they will have recommendations soon.”
No solutions or answers ever came.