Toyota IIHS Safety Rating Improved by New Design
Toyota is a master at providing safety for their drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and especially children. In fact, Toyota received a high rating for their Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. Having a top-grade child safety system makes driving more enjoyable for everyone, which is why you should consider Toyota the next time you decide to buy a vehicle for you growing family.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) completed its second ever LATCH safety test this year. During the first test, most vehicles tested poorly or were barely satisfactory. The current test showed that vehicles did much better, grading good or acceptable. Of the 170 models evaluated, Toyota was one of only two carmakers to earn the highest grade possible: Good+.
LATCH systems have to pass a rigorous evaluation, which tested how accessible and easily operated they were. The evaluations assessed aspects such as placement of tether anchors, how deep anchors were buried in seat cushion, how easy lower anchors could be moved around, how recognizable tether anchors are or how clearly they’re labeled, and the effort needed to attach seat connectors to lower anchors.
To receive IIHS’s Good+ LATCH rating, child safety anchors and tethers had to meet the following standards:
- Two LATCH positions needed a perfect score while a third required a good or acceptable rating
- An additional tether anchor had to earn a perfect score
- Have additional LATCH adjustments providing more seating positions