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Are you one of those parents who had to go back to the store 3-5 times to exchange the car seat you purchased because it did not install correctly in your car? Why is it so difficult for car seat manufacturers to make a car seat to fit every car?
Let's take a look at some of the most popular vehicle manufacturers and their products. Chevrolet makes 16 different models in the categories of cars, SUVs, crossovers, trucks and vans. Ford has a total of 17. Toyota makes 18 different models. Mercedes Benz totals 13. Volkswagen makes 11 model vehicles. BMW rounds out with 10 and Volvo makes only 9.
Within these 94 different makes and models there are differences in:
Seat belt retractors: Emergency locking, switchable and automatic
Latch plates: Light-weight locking, sliding or fixed
Buckles: Placement of buckles in the seat bite, forward of the seat bite and...