How to install car seats in a 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
We know here in the U.S. even mentioning the idea of a wagon sends shivers up people’s spines. Such a practical vehicle continues to be avoided by many families, though Volkswagen is trying to bring the segment back in with the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. If you think the Golf is a practical option for families, take all the roominess and add more. It’s not too shabby to look at either. Since it is a vehicle that appeals most to the family lifestyle, we’re here to quickly tell you how to install car seats in a 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.
Parents are probably familiar by now with the LATCH system for securing car seats, and the 2015 VW Golf SportWagen has two sets of lower anchors which sit under plastic covers, keeping them out of the way when not needed, but easily accessible. There are also three top tether which are clearly labeled for parents. The tethers should be noted by parents with forward-facing car seats because using them helps prevent head and neck injuries in a car accident, and parents often forget to use them because they end up hidden behind the car seat when you’re installing.
How to install a car seat in your Volkswagen
As we said, Volkswagen uses the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for car seats. Just a friendly reminder, but you should stop using the LATCH system when the weight of your little one AND the car seat combined weight more than 65 pounds. At this point, it’s all about using the seat belt to secure the car seat.
Also note that you should read the specific instructions on your car seat, as there may be slight variations. Infants and toddlers should be put in a rear-facing car seat, while children aged 2-4 should be in a front-facing car seat. Both options should be put in the center whenever possible. Both should have anchors which can be pushed into and hooked over the bottom latches beneath the plastic caps in your SportWagen.
For the rear facing, tighten the straps on the base as much as possible, ensuring that the seat is held flat while pushing in so that it does not lift up. When you’re done tightening it shouldn’t be able to move more than an inch left or right. Place the seat into the base as instructed by the manufacturer’s manual.
The system works much in the same way for the front-facing, tethering to the LATCH anchors. The car seat should also have a top tether in this style, so it should also be pulled out and hooked into one of the clearly marked top tether hooks.
We hope this answered any questions about how to install a car seat in your SportWagen. For more tips, keep checking back here at our blog on all things Volkswagen.