Toyota and Child Safety Seats

Toyota and Child Safety Seats

The Kelley Blue Book highlighted two Toyota vehicles for ease-of-use with child safety seats. These vehicles are the Toyota Highlander and the Toyota Sienna. Both were lauded for having anchors that are easy to reach anchors and a straightforward installation.

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According to IIHS.org, the website for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Toyota has more vehicles that have been rated Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety than any other automaker.

The IIHS has recently instituted a LATCH rating program. This program rates the ease of use of LATCH hardware. LATCH hardware is meant for child safety booster and car seats. This program has been in place since 2015 and Toyota responded quickly. In fact, Kelley Blue Book has named two Toyota vehicles as having easy to reach, straightforward installation. These vehicles are the Highlander and the Sienna.

“We began by going through our North American vehicles one by one, identifying the issues and prioritizing the solutions that had the biggest impact and could be implemented quickly,” said Jennifer Pelky, senior engineer at the Toyota Technical Center and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. “Some of the biggest challenges we faced were balancing ease-of-use with safety regulation requirements, comfort, and aesthetics.” The dedication of Toyota’s engineers resulted in many of Toyota’s North American vehicles achieving improved ratings

The Toyota Prius earned a Good+ rating for LATCH from the IIHS, which is the best possible rating. The Toyota engineers determined that deeper anchors and closer anchors both had improved usability if the access to the anchors was large enough. Toyota is proud to have been a part of making child seat installation easier. Which Cars fit 3 Car Seats? What if you have more than one child? And more than one child that requires a car seat? Well, we have good news for you. In an article by Family Magazine, 3 Toyota vehicles were called out for easily handling 3 child safety seats at once. These vehicles were the 2016 Toyota Sienna, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner, and the 2016 Toyota Tundra Cab Crew.

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