When it comes to resources for child passenger safety technicians, the LATCH manual easily makes the short list of “must have” references. This handy book contains all kinds of helpful information for CPSTs, everything from short summaries of different car seats, lower anchor and top tether locations in almost every vehicle on the road today, plus the Holy Grail — the appendix that lists which vehicle and car seat manufacturers allow lower anchor borrowing or have a dedicated lower anchor in the rear center vehicle seat. If you’ve ever asked a question in our Facebook group or on our Facebook page, chances are, the person helping you had their LATCH manual nearby, ready to assist.
The LATCH Manual is published by Safe Ride News and a new edition is available every odd-numbered year and the color changes with each edition. Some of our team members have a couple of the colors on their shelves while others are slowly amassing a rainbow.
It is always exciting as an even-numbered year draws to a close and we make bets on what color the new edition will have and what new material it will cover. Safe Ride News also provides updates on their website whenever changes are made, those can be found here. CPSTs can create a profile and opt-in for emails whenever those changes are made as well.
We are always celebrating CPSTs, that celebration wouldn’t be complete without a celebration of this crucial reference.
The manual is available for sale by the individual book or in a bulk order for larger organizations. Some coalitions offer a LATCH manual to the CSPTs who work with them. The CSFTL team is ready to receive this batch of LATCH manuals and carry on with helping families.
The LATCH manual has a wide appeal, not just for humans!
This CSFTL kiddo is starting her CPST training early by doing a deep dive with the LATCH manual. Keep your eye on this next generation of CPSTs!
CSFTL Moderator Sammy is one of our resident UK CPS Advocates. Her LATCH manual sees regular use, even from across the pond – brilliant!
The LATCH manual is available for order via the Safe Ride News website. Sometime after you’ve placed your order, you’ll receive a real, live book, complete with that lovely new-book smell.
Finally, a quick note from Deborah Stewart and the Safe Ride News Team: