Child safety seats are important and effective, but only if they are installed properly. With this in mind, Toyota engineers and designers have worked to develop seat mounts which are easy to access and easy to use, to help ensure proper use. Thanks to their efforts, the Prius recently earned recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its safety seat accommodation, earning the institute's highest rating of Good+ for LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) ease-of-use.
Prius wasn't the only vehicle to be recognized, however, as Cars.com recently named the RAV4 to its Car Seat Honor Roll. RAV4 earned perfect scores across the board in Cars.com's evaluation on its way to becoming one of just six vehicles, out of 84 model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles tested by Cars.com, to receive the recognition.
“We’ve put a lot of effort into making installation of child safety seats easier, and we’re glad to see that it’s working,” said Jennifer Pelky, senior safety engineer at Toyota’s North American R&D Headquarters in a recent press release. “I have two young boys myself, and child passenger safety is of the utmost importance to me, both as a mother and an engineering professional that has an active role in LATCH development on Toyota vehicles.”