September is National Baby Safety Month, a month aimed at helping educate parents on keeping babies happy and healthy! This is a great opportunity to brush up on the top-rated vehicles for car seats and passenger safety.
While having a top-rated safety vehicle for infants and toddlers is a great way to keep your children safe, it is imperative to make sure you have an age appropriate car seat that is properly installed. As such, the Lower Anchors and Tether for Children (LATCH) system was created in 2002 to help parents be sure their car seats are properly installed in the third row in place of seat belts.
With or without the LATCH system, choosing a car that makes it both safe and easy to install a car seat is no easy task. To help, we have ranked the top three models of cars if you have a baby on the way, a baby on board, or a toddler or two.
Generally speaking, minivans are your best choice for a safe family car for many reasons, primarily their size and their lower center of gravity. The Dodge Caravan a smart choice within the category of minivans with a four-star safety rating. With large and often automatic doors, it is very easy to load in one or more car seats! Easy-to-find LATCH anchors in the second row and easy access to the third row check our boxes for safety and ease-of-use. The ability to accommodate up to five car seats makes the Honda Odyssey a viable option for a family friendly and safe minivan.
- Full- and Mid-Sized SUVs
A full- or mid-sized SUV with plenty of backseat room is another great option for car seat safety. Among these, the Nissan Rogue has consistently received four-star safety ratings over the past five years, but Nissan takes car seat safety one step further. Nissan created a program called Snug Kids® focused on safety in child restraint systems. Their safety engineers spent countless of hours evaluating and installing hundreds of car seats in Nissan vehicles to create in-depth guides for the kinds of car seats that best fit in each of their vehicles. This can be a valuable resource for parents to see if their existing car seats fit in the vehicle they are looking to buy!
While the smallest option of the three, sedans can still be a safe and viable option for child safety and car seats. Loading car seats into sedans can be a little bit more difficult, but their safety rankings rival that of minivans and SUVs. Some great options for car-seat-friendly sedans are the Toyota Camry, the Kia Optima, and the Honda Accord all receiving five-star safety ratings over the past five years.
At Drive Casa, we often have all of these top-rated safety vehicles in stock and our knowledge staff would be more than happy to talk through options with you!
Contact us today and let us help your family get into a vehicle that is both safe and functional for your car seat needs.
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