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January 8th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Hello ladies, I recently realized that there is a weight limit on the latch system. I busted out our car's manual and read through the section about the latch system 3 times and can't find anything about the weight limit, they don't say that there is one at any pint. Does that mean there isn't one in my car? If that's not the case then how can I find out what it is? thanks in advance
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January 9th, 2012, 04:13 AM
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What kind of car do you drive, and what seat are you using? Every car does have a LATCH limit - some are explicitly written, and if not, then you follow the limit for the seat you're using.
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January 9th, 2012, 05:33 AM
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I believe most cars have a limit of 40 lbs.
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January 9th, 2012, 05:43 AM
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I believe most cars have a limit of 40 lbs.
40lbs is actually the exception. This is copied and pasted from our sticky (LATCH weight limits & Car Seat Measurements) in the car seat info subforum:

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If your car manual AND car seat manual do not give a weight limit, always assume it’s 48 pounds. Once your child reaches 48 pounds, the car seat must be installed using the seat belt instead of the lower anchors.


Some vehicles have their own weight limits for the lower anchors, such as
48 lb Weight Limit
Audi
Buick
Cadillac
Chevy
Chrysler
Daewoo
Dodge
Ford
GMC
Jeep
Mercury
Mistubishi
Saab
VW (some exceptions)

40 lb Weight Limit
Acura
Ferrari
Honda
Mercedes

Defers to car seat, or doesn't state a limit If the car seat manual AND the vehicle manual don't state a limit, use a 48 pound weight limit.
BMW
Hyundai
Infiniti
Isuzu
Jaguar
Kia
Lexus
Maserati
Mazda
Mini
Nissan
Porsche
Rolls Royce
Scion
Suzuki
Toyota
Volvo

**SUBARU- 60 pound LATCH limit, but this includes the weight of the car seat & the weight of the child. So if the car seat weighs 22 pounds, LATCH can only be used until the child weighs 38 pounds. After 38 pounds, the seat belt would need to be used for the install.
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January 9th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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we have a mitsubishi outlander and the seat is a recaro signo, suppose to go up to 75lbs, I don't remember anything on it about latch weight limit. My kid is around 40lbs now, the car is an '07 so I guess I assume the limit is 48lbs? I plan on upgrading her seat to a recaro prosport which is a harness to booster converter, but I wanted to keep her in a harness for at least 3 more years, but I don't like how the seat sits when it's secured with a belt. I guess we'll see how the new one is when we get it, but I was hoping to hold off till at least summer.
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January 9th, 2012, 11:27 AM
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we have a mitsubishi outlander and the seat is a recaro signo, suppose to go up to 75lbs, I don't remember anything on it about latch weight limit. My kid is around 40lbs now, the car is an '07 so I guess I assume the limit is 48lbs? I plan on upgrading her seat to a recaro prosport which is a harness to booster converter, but I wanted to keep her in a harness for at least 3 more years, but I don't like how the seat sits when it's secured with a belt. I guess we'll see how the new one is when we get it, but I was hoping to hold off till at least summer.
You can keep it installed with LATCH until your child reaches 48 pounds. After your child is 48 pounds, you'll need to install it with the seat belt. You can always contact a local CPST and have them help you with your install, if you don't like the way the seat installs when you use the belt. They may be able to get it to fit better, or you can try a different position in the car.
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January 9th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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What Erica said. At 48lbs, any car seat used in your vehicle must be installed with the seat belt.
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January 9th, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Wow I had no idea about this!!! Eeee, I hope I remember this when she weighs 40 pounds.
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January 9th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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thanks ladies, I hope 48lbs limit gives us at least another year
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June 1st, 2012, 07:49 AM
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Bumping this up to ask-- even though Honda is listed above under the 40lbs section, if my user manual doesn't state a limit, I can assume it is actually 48 lbs? I looked through the manual and it doesn't list a limit.

Disregard my question... I ended up doing the seatbelt install on the Frontier to play it safe.

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