Car Seat Safety – Anchor Limits

I was recently talking with another MOPS mom about car seats & the LATCH system anchors most of us probably use with our kids car seats.  She’d mentioned the anchors had a weight limit & I have to admit the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind!  So I went on a search for my own vehicle’s weight restrictions & found it incredibly DIFFICULT to locate!  I’m happy to report that upon searching for a long time, I stumbled upon a website that provided nearly EVERY vehicle’s weight limit restrictions and the weight of a lot of popular car seat model’s weight (as you need to consider the weight of your child’s seat in addition to your child’s weight) to know the limit.  The new limits were restructured in January of 2013.  So, here you go (scroll way down to see the car seat weights):

Remember, when the limit given by the child restraint differs from that given by the vehicle manufacturer, you must abide by the lower limit.

Lower Anchor Weight Limits:

Weight limit of 65 lbs. including the weight of the CHILD RESTRAINT PLUS CHILD (calculate child weight limit by subtracting child restraint weight from 65):
Acura
Audi
Bentley
BMW
Buick
Cadillac
Chevrolet
Chrysler
Daewoo
Dodge
Fiat
Ford-Model Year 2014 and newer ONLY
Geo
GMC
Honda
Hummer
Jeep/Eagle
Lincoln-Model Year 2014 and newer ONLY
Mercedez-Benz
MINI
Mitsubishi
Oldsmobile
Pontiac
Porsche
Ram
Rolls-Royce
Saturn
smart
Subaru (ONLY if using top tether forward facing or if rear-facing; if using lower anchors forward-facing without top tether, 48 minus the weight of the child restraint)
Volkswagen

Vehicle Manufacturer Defers to the Child Restraint Manufacturer- Follow Instructions Provided with Child Restraint*:
Coda
Ferrari
Hyundai
Infiniti
Jaguar
Kia
Land Rover
Lexus
Maserati
Nissan
Scion
Toyota
Volvo

48 lbs., Weight of Child ONLY:
Ford- Model Year 2013 and before ONLY
Lincoln-Modely Year 2013 and before ONLY
Mercury
Saab

No Limit Stated**:
Isuzu
Mazda
Suzuki
Tesla

*When the vehicle manufacturer defers to the child restraint manufacturer and the child restraint manufacturer does not give a limit, I was taught to assume 40 lbs. (weight of child only.) I’m checking to see if this advice still applies or not. So far my responses seem to be a rather nebulous “yes.”

**Similarly, when the vehicle manufacturer does not set a limit I was taught to assume a 40 lbs. child weight limit. I am, similarly, checking to see whether this still applies. Again, so far a nebulous “yes.”

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Car Seat Weights

*Dorel manufactures child restraints under the Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Maxi-Cosi, Alpha Elite, Disney, and other brand names. If you don’t see your child restraint listed under one of those brand names, it’s under Dorel. Go by the model name, they’re the same across different brands owned by Dorel.

First weight is weight limit of the child restraint (weight in parenthesis is weight limit of child who may use lower anchors with this child restraint in vehicles specifying a 65 lbs. combined limit.)This is just the math. If the weight listed is higher than that allowed by the child restraint, go by the child restraint. When two weight limits conflict you use the lower weight.

Short, non-inclusive list of CR weights as provided by manufacturers:

Britax Marathon 65/Marathon Classic: 16 lbs. (49 lb. child)
Britax Marathon 70/Marathon 70 G3: 19 lbs. (46 lb. child)
Britax Boulevard 65/Boulevard 70/70 CS/70 G3: 19 lbs. (46 lb. child)
Britax Frontier (80 lb. weight limit original model): 23 lbs. (42 lb. child)
Britax Frontier 85: 20 lbs. (45 lb. child)
Britax Frontier 85 SICT: 22 lbs. (43 lb. child)
Diono Radian RXT: 27 lbs. (38 lb. child)
Diono Radian R120: 26 lbs. (39 lb. child)
Diono Radian R100: 23 lbs. (42 lb. child)
Dorel* All in One/All in One Sport: 15 lbs. (50 lb. child- unless the CR does not harness that high, then full weight of harness)
Dorel* Alpha Elite/Deluxe 3-in-1: 16 lbs. (49 lb. child- unless the CR does not harness that high, then full weight of harness)
Dorel* Alpha Omega Elite 65/Comfort 65: 17 lbs. (48 lb. child- unless the CR does not harness that high, then full weight of harness)
Dorel* Apt 40: Lower anchors may be used to full weight limit, restraint weighs less than 65 lbs. combined when added to full weight limit.
Dorel Avenue/Uptown: Lower anchors may be used to full weight limit, restraint weighs less than 65 lbs. combined when added to full weight limit.
Dorel* Complete Air: 16 lbs. (49 lb. child)
Dorel* Complete Air 65: 15 lbs. (50 lb. child)
Dorel* Complete Air LX/65 LX: 17 lbs. (48 lb. child)
Dorel* Go Hybrid Booster: 10 lbs. (55 lb. child)
Dorel* High Back Booster (with or without armrests): Lower anchors may be used to full weight limit, restraint weighs less than 65 lbs. combined when added to full weight limit.
Dorel* OnSide Air: Lower anchors may be used to full weight limit, restraint weighs less than 65 lbs. combined when added to full weight limit.
Dorel* Pria: 19 lbs. (46 lb. child)
Dorel* Scenera (all models): Lower anchors may be used to full weight limit, restraint weighs less than 65 lbs. combined when added to full weight limit.
Dorel* Summit: Lower anchors may be used to full weight limit, restraint weighs less than 65 lbs. combined when added to full weight limit.
Dorel* Ventage Point/Surveyor/Comfort HB:Lower anchors may be used to full weight limit, restraint weighs less than 65 lbs. combined when added to full weight limit.
Evenflo Chase (new version): 9 lbs. (may be used to full harness weight)
Evenflo Chase/Express/Vision/Traditions (old version): 9.2 lbs. (may be used to full harness weight limit)
Evenlfo Generations 65: 17.8 lbs. (47.2 lb. child)
Evenflo Maestro: 10.8 lbs. (may be used to full harness weight limit)
Evenflo Momentum: 20.6 lbs. (44.4 lb. child)
Evenflo Secure Kid: 12 lbs. (53 lb. child)
Evenflo Titan: 11.2 lbs. (53.8 lbs, so may be used to full harness weight limit of 50 lbs.)
Evenflo Tribute (not overhead shield model): 9.6 lbs. (may be used to full harness weight limit)
Evenflo Triumph 65: 19.2 lbs. (45.8 lb. child)
Evenflo Triumph Advance (older model, 50 lbs. weight limit): 19 lbs. (46 lb. child)
Graco ComfortSport: 12 lbs. (may be used to full harness weight limit)
Graco MyRide 65 (with or without Safety Surround)/MyRide 70: 15.8 lbs. (49.2 lb. child)
Graco Nautilus: 26 lbs. (39 lb. child)
Graco Size4Me 70/MySize 70: 18 lbs. (47 lb. child)
Graco Treasured CarGo/Cherished CarGo/Platinum ultra CarGo: 8.5 lbs. (may be used to full harness weight limit)
Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL: 27 lbs. (38 lb. child)
Sunshine Kids Radian 80SL: 26 lbs. (39 lb. child)
Sunshine Kids Radian 65SL: 25 lbs. (40 lb. child)

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