Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), an acronym used for the universal child seat anchoring system. The system uses 2 horizontal bars to attach the lower part of a child restraint to the vehicle. The bars are located in the space between the seat back and bottom cushion of the rear seat. Additionally, a supplemental anchor point is provided to attach a child seat’s tether strap.
The sideways g force that is felt when a vehicle is driven around a turn.
LEGROOM (FRONT & REAR)
(See “INTERIOR DIMENSIONS”)
LCD (LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY)
A type of display used in many electronic automotive devices such as digital clocks, radios, climate controls and trip computers. LCD’s use two sheets of polarized material with a liquid crystal solution in between. When an electric current passes through the liquid, the crystals align so that no light passes through them. Basically, the crystals act like shutters arranging themselves to let only the light needed to display information through. LCD’s provide easy to see displays of information in automotive radios, clocks, and climate controls.
(See “VALVE LIFTER”)
A differential that splits torque to the rear wheels based on available traction – when one wheel begins to slip, power is automatically transferred to the other wheel. Limited-slip differentials ensure that both drive wheels are supplied with some torque even when one is on a slippery surface.
Limited-slip differentials are helpful during cornering or in poor traction conditions such as snow or gravel.
A rigid axle which incorporates a differential and axle shafts to power the wheels, usually found in some rear wheel drive vehicles. Vehicles with a live rear axle cannot have an independent rear suspension.
LOCK-UP TORQUE CONVERTER
A torque converter that has a special clutch that is automatically engaged at a preset condition to lock the torque converter’s input shaft to the engine’s output shaft, resulting in improved fuel economy and performance.
A feature found in some seats that allows the occupant to adjust the amount of lower back, or “lumbar” support.