How to Install Car Seats in Volvos

By John Kearns
Volvo's use the built-in latch system to secure car seats.

If you have never installed a car seat in a Volvo, you may feel overwhelmed. Many advances have taken place with car seats to ensure a easy installation and comfortable, safe travel for your child. While Volvos may be some of the safest cars on the road, the addition of a car seat is a requirement in all states for children under a certain weight (each state has different weight requirements.) Later model Volvo's use the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system.

Locate the lower anchors and tethers for children in the Volvo. There are two located in the back seat on both the passenger and the drivers side. This allows you to place the car seat on either the diver's side or passenger side. The LATCH looks like a belt with a hook at the end.

Position and hook the seat. The car seat should lay flat between the hook LATCH. There are two latch attachments on each car seat. Hook the LATCH attachment farthest away from the anchor latch. Push your knee or arm into the car and press hard until you can hook the second latch attachment. Pull the LATCH attachment straps as tight as you can.

Test the seat for movement. The car seat should not be able to more than an inch in any direction. If it does, tighten the seat straps.

Tip

Route your lower anchor strap through the right area of the car seat. Forward facing car seats the strap should go through the back. Rear facing car seats the strap needs to go through the child's legs.

Choose your car seat to fit the child and car. Try different makes of car seats, some fit Volvos better than others.

Have a professional inspect your car seat. Your local fire department or children's hospital have Certified Child Safety Seat Inspections.

Warning

Never place your car seat in the middle of the back seat row. Some people think this is safer or more convenient, but Volvo strongly advises against it.

Never leave your child unattended in a car seat.

Check your car seat for manufacturer recalls.

About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, John Kearns has been writing magazine and newspaper articles since 2001. His articles have appeared in the “York Review: Journal of Literary and Fine Arts ” and "The Spartan". Kearns holds a Bachelors of Arts in professional writing from York College of Pennsylvania .