2011 Infiniti M56: LATCH Me Up, LATCH Me Down
October 21, 2011
Every time I have to install my kids' car seats in a new car, before I open the car door, I pray to the patron saint of easy car seat installations and intact cuticles (I think it's St. Ashton) that the LATCH anchor points in the rear seats will be easy to get to.
Some cars tuck their LATCH anchors behind convenient doors or flaps that open nice and wide for easy access. Some LATCH anchors stick out from their spots just enough to help you out, but not so far as to cause discomfort to an adult sitting in the seat. Others are hidden treacherously deep behind the seat and require the sacrifice of knuckle skin during both installation and de-installation.
Today, in the 2011 Infiniti M56, St. Ashton let me down. Buried deep between this seat back and seat cushion, underneath the helpful little identification button lies a LATCH anchor point. You can just see the tip of the black metal anchor in the above photo. Note that I'm using all the strength in my scrawny hand to push the seat cushion up.
Now, I know most people don't move child safety seats around as frequently as I do, so maybe my perception of the importance of this is skewed. So I'm curious: does the placement of LATCH anchors (and tether anchors) make a difference to those of you with kids in car seats?
And here's one for those of you without kids in car seats: how do you feel about the LATCH anchors that are more prominent and stick out a little bit? Hate 'em? Don't care? I really want to know.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 17,247 miles