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Kia Sportage: Securing a child restraint with the LATCH anchors system

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Safety features of your vehicle / Child Restraint System (CRS) / Securing a child restraint with the LATCH anchors system

To install a LATCH-compatible child restraint in either of the rear outboard seating positions:

  1. Move the seat belt buckle away from the lower anchors. Otherwise, the webbing or buckle can be damaged by the latch anchor, which can make them become unusable or unsafe.
  2. Move any other objects away from the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child restraint and the lower anchors.
  3.  Place the child restraint on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the instructions provided by the child restraint manufacturer.
  4. Follow the child restraint instructions for properly adjusting and tightening the lower attachments on the child restraint to the lower anchors.

WARNING

Take the following precautions when using the LATCH system:

  • Read and follow all installation instructions provided with your Child Restraint System.
  • To prevent the child from reaching and taking hold of the unused seat belts, buckle all unused rear seat belts before the child is placed into the vehicle. Lock each unused seatbelt following the instructions in the "automatic locking mode" subsection, and place the webbing behind the child seat or against an unused seatback.

    Children can be strangled if a shoulder belt becomes wrapped around their neck and the seat belt tightens.

  • NEVER attach more than one child restraint to a single anchor. This could cause the anchor or attachment to come loose or break.
  • Always have the LATCH system inspected by your authorized Kia dealer after an accident. An accident can damage the LATCH system and may not properly secure the child restraint.

NOTICE

The recommended maximum weight for the LATCH system is 65 lbs. (30 kg).

When selecting a proper child restraint, consider that the maximum total weight of the child plus the child restraint should be less than 65 lbs. (30 kg).

As a guide, the MAX child restraint weight should be determined by the following calculation: Child Restraint Weight = 65 - (child's total weight in lbs.)

Securing a child restraint seat with "Tether Anchor" system

First secure the child restraint with the LATCH lower anchors or the seat belt. If the child restraint manufacturer recommends that the top tether strap be attached, attach and tighten the top tether strap to the top tether strap anchor.

Child Restraint hook holders are located on the seat back.

WARNING

Take the following precautions when installing the tether strap:

  • Read and follow all installation instructions provided with your Child Restraint System.
  • NEVER attach more than one child restraint to a single tether anchor.

    This could cause the anchor or attachment to come loose or break.

  • Do not attach the tether strap to anything other than the correct tether anchor. It may not work properly if attached to something else.
  • Do not use the tether anchors for adult seat belts or harnesses, or for attaching other items or equipment to the vehicle.
  • Always fasten the seat belts behind the child restraint seat when they are not used to secure the child seat. Failure to do so may result in child strangulation.

To install the tether anchor:

  1. Route the Child Restraint System seat strap over the seatback.

    For vehicles with adjustable headrest, route the tether strap under the headrest and between the headrest posts, otherwise route the tether strap over the top of the seatback.

  2.  Connect the top-tether to the toptether anchorage, then tighten the top-tether according to the instructions of your Child Restraint System's manufacturer to firmly attach the Child Restraint System to the seat.
  3. Check that the child restraint is securely attached to the seat by pushing and pulling the seat forward and from side-to-side.

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