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How To Use Your VW Child Safety Features


At Volkswagen, safety is one of the company’s “core values.” VW’s passionate commitment to automotive safety is why the 2016 VW Passat is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+. Each and every 2016 VW Passat for sale in Gainesville here at Volkswagen of Gainesville is equipped with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) Restraint System.


Improper Car Seat Use Widespread

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. The LATCH system is designed to make it easier to install and secure car seats properly. There are two small bars/anchors located between the space between the rear seat back and the rear seat cushion. Also, there are a minimum of three anchors located behind the back seat on the vehicle’s shelf. Most car seats come with special tether straps designed to be used with this system.

For specific instructions regarding how to uses the LATCH system for your particular type of child car seat, please refer to your Passat Owner’s Manual and the instructions that came with your car seat. You can download helpful instructional videos and other valuable information about the LATCH system from the NHTSA website at

What Florida Law Says About Child Safety

Florida law requires that children age 5 and under must be secured by a federally approved child restraint device. Child car seats should also never be used in the front seats. The back seat is always the safest place for your child.

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) website, a 2015 change to the state’s child safety law now requires children ages 4 and 5 to use a booster seat that places the seatbelt across the child’s body in the proper position. The following guidelines should be used to determine if a child older than age 5 is ready to graduate from a booster seat to just wearing a seatbelt.

  • The child is at least 4 ft. and 9 in. tall
  • The child can sit all the way back in the seat and bend their knees at the edge of the seat
  • The shoulder belt lays across the child’s chest and not the neck
  • The lap belt lays across the upper thighs and not the stomach

Get Help Installing Your Car Seat

Unsure about how to install your child’s car seat in a Passat or other vehicle? You can take your car to one of the hundreds of certified child passenger safety technicians located throughout the state. Visit for a complete list of inspection stations. You can also contact the Gainesville Police Department or Gainesville Fire Department for more information.


A Great Deal On A New Passat Is A Safe Bet At VW of Gainesville

As your preferred hometown Gainesville, FL new car VW dealer, you can bet on a great deal on a new 2016 Passat at VW of Gainesville thanks to our sensational summer VW manufacturer incentives. Stretch your dollar even further with our wide selection of like-new Certified used cars for sale near Gainesville.

Why shop anywhere else when VW of Gainesville gives you more? Our exclusive Advantage Program offers a variety of special discounts and other benefits that are hard to beat, including a lifetime warranty with every new VW purchase, lifetime car washes, complimentary 1st-year vehicle maintenance, and much more.

If you live in Gainesville, Middleburg FL, Lake City FL, Ocala FL, or Alachua FL, stop by and see us at 3737 North Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32609. For sales, please call 855-868-8731. For Service, call 855-867-1634.


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