How to Install Car Seats in Volvos

By John Kearns
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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.

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 .