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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Child Seat Practicality

March 19, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Technically, there's no reason one can't install a child seat in the front of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Practically, there are a few reasons.

Mounting in the front seat means there are neither LATCH fasteners nor a top tether. Sensors in the front seat do disable the passenger-side airbag. Even so, I've never loved securing a child seat with the seatbelt alone as it always feels less secure than using LATCH fasteners and a top tether.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


Comments

  • My C5 Z06 had LATCH anchors in the passenger seat and a third directly behind the seat in the trunk area. It also had the switch in the glovebox to disable the passenger side airbag. Used them multiple times with no issues.

  • I just RTFM. No LATCH anchors for C7. Reference Page 3-33.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    I survived childhood with only seat belt locked car seats. They work when used right.

  • speednet speednet Posts:

    Why on Earth would someone even *consider* installing a child seat in a 2-seat sports car?! Can't we please have some decent reviews here? Everything is a 2-sentence captain-obvious statement.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    one thing i learned (2 years into my child's life) that helps a lot... pull the shoulder belt all the way out and then it will enter a special retraction mode where it will hold its tension and won't release back out on you. makes installing a child seat so much easier. thankfully the cars we own have LATCH but my in-laws don't. made a huge difference getting it tightened down correctly.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    As I understand it, LATCH was not to be more secure but to be more foolproof. Most people install car seats incorrectly when using the seatbelt. There are too many ways to get it wrong. LATCH (while occasionally a PITA) is much simpler in that there are 2 or 3 anchors and 2 or 3 clips. There's no threading the belt through the proper part of the seat or getting the right amount of slack and then tension. I have read that a car seat installed properly with a seat belt is actually more secure than with LATCH although I'm not sure how that can be.

  • dm7279 dm7279 Posts:

    I'm with speednet. Kids are safest in back, period. If a two seater is your daily driver and your family has a baby, it is probably time to set the ego aside and at least have a second car that is more sensible.

  • v8vroom v8vroom Posts:

    My C5 has latches. There are slits at the back of the bottom seat cushion. Just need to slide the fasteners in to latch it. The kids love it!

  • notfast notfast Posts:

    vettes and child seats do not go together, end of story.

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