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Mazda tops in US for child-seat installations

2019 MAZDA6: Top award for design of its child-seat protection installation. Image Mazda US

IRVINE, California – The American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that the 2019 Mazda6 has earned the top rating of good+ in the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) ease-of-use ratings.

LATCH is intended to make child-restraint installation easier and to avoid mistakes in fitting. To qualify for a good+ rating, vehicles must provide additional LATCH-equipped seating positions in addition to these criteria:

• Lower anchors are no more than ¾ inch deep within the seat bight.

• The lower anchors are easy to adjust. This is defined as having a clearance angle greater than 54 degrees.

• The force required to attach a standard tool representing a child seat connector to the lower anchors is less than 40 pounds.

• Tether anchors are on the vehicle’s rear deck or in the middle of the seatback.

• The area where the tether anchor is found doesn’t have any other hardware that could be confused for the tether anchor.

Jessica Jermakian, an IIHS senior research engineer, told The Corner in a media release: “A tight installation is critical but can be difficult to achieve but, thanks to recent improvements in vehicle LATCH hardware, we expect more children will be riding in correctly installed seats.”

‘FAMILY PEACE-OF-MIND

The Mazda6 itself, in the US, has auto braking, pedestrian identification, blind-spot monitors that include blind-spot scanning, lane-keeping and radar-based cruise control.

Jeff Guyton, president of Mazda North America, said: ”We design our vehicles to give all members of the family peace of mind.”

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