Last week, Toyota issued a press release announcing its latest accolade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Already boasting more Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ vehicles than any other automaker, Toyota can now claim yet another safety accolade, an IIHS Good+ rating for Child Safety Seat Ease-of-Use.

Established in 2015, the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) rating program was implemented as a way to encourage automakers to design hardware that meets ease-of-use criteria. Toyota took action and quickly implemented a new open-access concept in the 2016 Prius, which earned it the best possible rating from the IIHS.

“We began by going through our North American vehicles one by one, identifying the issues and prioritizing the solutions that had the biggest impact and could be implemented quickly,” said Jennifer Pelky, senior engineer at the Toyota Technical Center and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. “Some of the biggest challenges we faced were balancing ease-of-use with safety regulation requirements, comfort, and aesthetics.”

“As a safety engineer and a mother of two young boys, I understand that installing a child safety seat is not always the easiest task,” said Pelky. “I’m proud to have played a role in making that part of parenting a bit easier.”

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