Chevrolet Cobalt Owners Manual: Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)

Chevrolet Cobalt Owners Manual / Seats and Restraint System / Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)

The LATCH system holds a child restraint during driving or in a crash. This system is designed to make installation of a child restraint easier. The LATCH system uses anchors in the vehicle and attachments on the child restraint that are made for use with the LATCH system.

Make sure that a LATCH-compatible child restraint is properly installed using the anchors, or use the vehicle's safety belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in this manual. When installing a child restraint with a top tether, you must also use either the lower anchors or the safety belts to properly secure the child restraint. A child restraint must never be installed using only the top tether and anchor.

In order to use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you need a child restraint that has LATCH attachments.

The child restraint manufacturer will provide you with instructions on how to use the child restraint and its attachments. The following explains how to attach a child restraint with these attachments in your vehicle.

Not all vehicle seating positions or child restraints have lower anchors and attachments or top tether anchors and attachments.

Lower Anchors

Lower anchors (A) are metal bars built into the vehicle.


Lower anchors (A) are metal bars built into the vehicle.

There are two lower anchors for each LATCH seating position that will accommodate a child restraint with lower attachments (B).

Top Tether Anchor

top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the child restraint


top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the child restraint to the vehicle. A top tether anchor is built into the vehicle. The top tether attachment (B) on the child restraint connects to the top tether anchor in the vehicle in order to reduce the forward movement and rotation of the child restraint during driving or in a crash.

Your child restraint may have a single tether (A) or a dual tether (C). Either will have a single attachment (B) to secure the top tether to the anchor.

Some child restraints that have a top tether are designed for use with or without the top tether being attached. Others require the top tether always to be attached. In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have a top tether, and that the tether be attached. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for your child restraint.

Rear Seat
Rear Seat

Seating positions with top(Top Tether Anchor):
Seating positions with top tether anchors.

Seating positions with two (Lower Anchor):
Seating positions with two lower anchors.

Each rear seating position has two exposed metal lower anchors in the crease between the seatback and the seat cushion.

To assist you in locating


To assist you in locating the top tether anchors, the top tether anchor symbol is located on the cover.

The top tether anchors are located under the covers on the rear seatback filler panel. Open the cover to access the anchor. Be sure to use an anchor located on the same side of the vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint will be placed.

Do not secure a child restraint in a position without a


Do not secure a child restraint in a position without a top tether anchor if a national or local law requires that the top tether be attached, or if the instructions that come with the child restraint say that the top tether must be attached.

According to accident statistics, children and infants are safer when properly restrained in a child restraint system or infant restraint system secured in a rear seating position. See Where to Put the Restraint for additional information.

Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System

WARNING:
If a LATCH-type child restraint is not attached to anchors, the child restraint will not be able to protect the child correctly. In a crash, the child could be seriously injured or killed. Install a LATCH-type child restraint properly using the anchors, or use the vehicle's safety belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came with the child restraint and the instructions in this manual.

WARNING:
Do not attach more than one child restraint to a single anchor. Attaching more than one child restraint to a single anchor could cause the anchor or attachment to come loose or even break during a crash. A child or others could be injured. To reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries during a crash, attach only one child restraint per anchor.

WARNING:
Children can be seriously injured or strangled if a shoulder belt is wrapped around their neck and the safety belt continues to tighten. Buckle any unused safety belts behind the child restraint so children cannot reach them. Pull the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock, if your vehicle has one, after the child restraint has been installed.

Notice: Do not let the LATCH attachments rub against the vehicle’s safety belts. This may damage these parts. If necessary, move buckled safety belts to avoid rubbing the LATCH attachments.

Do not fold the empty rear seat with a safety belt buckled. This could damage the safety belt or the seat. Unbuckle and return the safety belt to its stowed position, before folding the seat.

1. Attach and tighten the lower attachments to the lower anchors. If the child restraint does not have lower attachments or the desired seating position does not have lower anchors, secure the child restraint with the top tether and the safety belts.

Refer to your child restraint manufacturer instructions and the instructions in this manual.

1. 1. Find the lower anchors for the desired seating position.

1. 2. Put the child restraint on the seat.

1. 3. Attach and tighten the lower attachments on the child restraint to the lower anchors.

2. If the child restraint manufacturer recommends that the top tether be attached, attach and tighten the top tether to the top tether anchor, if equipped.

Refer to the child restraint instructions and the following steps:
2. 1. Find the top tether anchor.

2. 2. Open the top tether anchor cover to expose the anchor.

2. 3. If you have an adjustable headrest or head restraint, raise the headrest or head restraint.

2. 4. Route, attach, and tighten the top tether according to your child restraint instructions and the following instructions:

If the position you are


If the position you are using does not have a
headrest or head restraint and you are using a
single tether, route the tether over the seatback.

If the position you are


If the position you are using does not have a
headrest or head restraint and you are using a dual tether, route the tether over the seatback.

If the position you are


If the position you are using has an adjustable
headrest or head restraint and you are using a
single tether, raise the headrest or head restraint and route the tether under the headrest or head
restraint and in between the headrest or head
restraint posts.

If the position you are


If the position you are using has a fixed or
adjustable headrest or
head restraint and you are using a dual tether, route the tether around the
headrest or head
restraint.

3. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.

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