- September 23 through 29 is National Child Passenger Safety Week.
- Cars.com recently released results to a survey which reveals which vehicles earned a perfect score on the website’s annual Car Seat Safety Check test.
- “Parents often spend a lot of time determining the right car seat for their children but overlook how that seat will actually fit in their car,” said Jennifer Newman, Cars.com Editor-in-Chief and certified child passenger safety technician.
- Toyota was featured the most, as the company had three cars chosen on the list of eight.
The test involves hands-on testing by experts that evaluates vehicle’s latch systems and overall ease of use. Then the testers look at each type of seat and how it fits in with 2018 and 2019 car models. An infant seat, rear-facing convertible seat, forward-facing convertible seat, and booster seats are all installed in the cars and given a grade ranging from A through F.
“Parents often spend a lot of time determining the right car seat for their children but overlook how that seat will actually fit in their car,” said Jennifer Newman, Cars.com Editor-in-Chief and certified child passenger safety technician, in a public statement.
“That’s why we test and score car seats in many of the most popular vehicles for sale,” Newman said, noting that this year 85 vehicles were tested and only 9% earned perfect scores. “We want to be the go-to resource for families looking to understand which cars fit which types of car seats the best, and our annual Honour Roll highlights the select few that do it the very best.”
This year, the cars that earned perfect scores come from six different brands, with Toyota earning three spots with its Camry, 4Runner, and Lexus ES 350 models.
Here are the eight cars that earned perfect scores in the Cars.com annual Car Seat Safety Check test.
2018 Genesis G90: Cavernous backseats accommodate car seats and allow for easy access to Latch anchors.
2018 Hyundai Sonata: Cars.com called their backseats “roomy.”
2019 Jeep Cherokee: 40.3 inches of legroom made it easy for rear-facing infant and convertible car seats to fit.
2019 Lexus ES 350: The 2019 version of ES 350 earned an A for booster seat fit, an upgrade over the 2017 ES 350’s C grade.
2018 Lincoln Continental: Cars.com said car seats “fit like a dream” in this car.
2018 Subaru Impreza: While it’s a compact car, the Impreza boasts 36.5 inches of legroom in the backseat.
2018 Toyota Camry: According to Cars.com, the Camry has “easy-access lower latch anchors” that make a difference in car seat installations.
2018 Toyota 4Runner: This SUV’s roomy interior make it optimal for all kinds of car seat accommodations.
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