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(ARLINGTON, Va.) — If you’ve ever tried to install a child’s car seat, you know how challenging it can be — and now, a safety group is calling on automakers to make it easier.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested more than 100 vehicles for the ease of use of the hardware that automakers put in the cars to latch car seats to and most of those vehicles did not do well.

In fact, only three earned a “good” rating from the organization. The top honors went to the BMW 5 series, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and the Volkswagen Passat.

Of the remaining vehicles, 44 got an “acceptable” rating, 45 were rated “marginal” and 10 were deemed “poor.”

“LATCH [Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children] is meant to simplify child seat installations, but it doesn’t always succeed,” Jessica Jermakian, an IIHS senior research scientist, said in a statement Thursday. “Parents often struggle to locate the anchors in the vehicle or find it’s difficult to attach the seats to them. We believe fixing these problems will make the task less frustrating for parents and increase the likelihood that children will ride in properly installed seats.”

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