Installation of child restraint systems by use of lower and tether anchorages (LATCH)

Subaru Forester / Subaru Forester 2012-2019 Owners Manual / Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags / Child restraint systems / Installation of child restraint systems by use of lower and tether anchorages (LATCH)

WARNING

Child restraint systems and seatbelts can become hot in a vehicle that has been closed up in sunny weather; they could burn a small child. Check the child restraint system before you place a child in it.

Do not leave an unsecured child restraint system in your vehicle.

Unsecured child restraint systems can be thrown around inside of the vehicle in a sudden stop, turn or accident; they can strike and injure vehicle occupants as well as result in serious injuries or death to the child.

CAUTION

When you install a child restraint system, follow the manufacturer’s instructions supplied with it. After installing the child restraint system, check to ensure that it is held securely in position. If it is not held tight and secure, the danger of your child suffering personal injury in the event of an accident may be increased.

Some types of child restraint systems can


Some types of child restraint systems can be installed on the rear seat of your vehicle without use of the seatbelts. Such child restraint systems are secured to the designated anchorages provided on the vehicle body. The lower and tether anchorages are sometimes referred to as the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).

Your vehicle is equipped with four lower


Your vehicle is equipped with four lower anchorages (bars) and three upper anchorages (tether anchorages) for accommodating such child restraint systems.

The lower anchorages (bars) are used for


The lower anchorages (bars) are used for installing a child restraint system only on the rear seat window-side seating positions.

For each window-side seating position, two lower anchorages are provided.

Each lower anchorage is located behind the cover of the seatback bottom.

The tether anchorages (upper anchorages)


The tether anchorages (upper anchorages) are provided at the locations shown in the above illustration. For details, refer to “Top tether anchorages” F1- 36.

To install a child restraint system using lower and tether anchorages, perform the following procedure.

WARNING

Before installing a child restraint system, be sure to confirm that the seatback is securely locked into place. Otherwise, in an accident, serious injury or death could result.

1. Shake the seatback slightly to confirm that it is securely locked into place.

– It is possible to check whether the seatback is locked visually. If the seatback is locked into place, the red colored unlocking marker which is attached to the bottom of the lock release knob is invisible. For details, refer to “Folding down the rear seatback” .

2. You will find marks  at the


2. You will find marks bottom of at the
bottom of the rear seat seatbacks. These marks indicate the positions of the lower anchorages (bars).

Remove the covers and locate the lower


Remove the covers and locate the lower anchorages (bars).

3. Remove the rear seat head restraint.

For details, refer to “Head restraint adjustment” F1-9.

CAUTION

Store the head restraint that has been removed in the cargo area.

Avoid placing the head restraint in the passenger compartment to prevent it from being thrown around in the passenger compartment in a sudden stop or a sharp turn.

4. For models with rear seat reclining mechanism, adjust the seatback to the upright position.

5. While following the instructions supplied


5. While following the instructions supplied by the child restraint system manufacturer, connect the lower hooks onto the lower anchorages located at on marks
on the bottom of the rear seatback. When the hooks are connected, make sure the adjacent seatbelts are not caught.

6. [If your child restraint system is of a


6. [If your child restraint system is of a flexible attachment type (which uses tether belts to connect the child restraint system properly to the lower anchorages)] While pushing the child restraint into the seat cushion, pull both left and right lower tether belts up to secure the child restraint system firmly by taking up the slack in the belt.

7. Latch the top tether hook onto the tether anchorage that is located behind the rear seat and tighten the top tether firmly. For additional instructions, refer to “Top tether anchorages” .

8. Before seating a child in the child restraint system, try to move it back and forth and right and left to verify that it is held securely in position.

9. To remove the child restraint system, follow the reverse procedures of installation.

If you have any question concerning this type of child restraint system, ask your SUBARU dealer.