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    Latch vs seatbelt study rear end collisions

    http://www.robsonforensic.com/upload...t-Abstract.pdf

    Kind of interesting that this study found LATCH not as effective in a rear end crash as the seatbelt for infant seats. Any ideas why? Is this a credible study?

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    Re: Latch vs seatbelt study rear end collisions

    Hmm interesting, it would be even more interesting if they could add in seats with a load leg or euro routing. And super more interesting on how it didn't make a difference with the convertible. Any theories from people that actually understand physics?
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    I also think it was interesting to see a study that did acknowledge rebound to be somewhat harmful. When the kids hit the seat back of their own seat, the HIC was higher. Not sure if that correlates to an injury in real life though.

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    Re: Latch vs seatbelt study rear end collisions

    I'm a little skeptical because of two main things - Robson Forensic is basically an expert witness firm. They report to investigations and trials for the purposes of giving an "expert opinion". So what was their motivation to do this study? They are paid by someone.
    Second, we don't know what those numbers mean. They could be insignificant and there is no base line to compare to.

    I'd like to see a peer reviewed or government sponsored study showing more detail before making any assumptions.



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    Re: Latch vs seatbelt study rear end collisions

    What I hate about this kind of study and info is that people are trying to do the right thing to keep kids safe and a misinterpretation of this report will have people abandoning LATCH and maybe not installing their seats correctly.

    We can only do so much.
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    Re: Latch vs seatbelt study rear end collisions

    Hmmm...I get latch super tight for infant seats.
    Love it.
    For my super heavy Fllo and such? Ha! No way. I do seatbelt there.

    Also, sometimes you can't get latch OUT whereas a seatbelt is easy.
    But since the seatbelt just goes in the belt path, the seat is sometimes tighter with latch, which allows the seat to kind of be pulled down some. For me depends on the seat.
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    Re: Latch vs seatbelt study rear end collisions

    That is interesting, but as someone else mentioned, there is no way of knowing how credible the study is based on just the abstract. If the study gets published in a peer-reviewed journal with a good reputation, then that would be a different story. It would be interesting to read the whole study as well, and not just the abstract.
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