New Car Seat Regulations Proposed

On Wednesday, the federal government proposed new crash test standards to protect children even more, when in car seats. Up until now, car seats have only been tested to see how well a child is protected from front collisions. The new proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would require car seats, protecting children up to 40 lbs (infant car seats), to be tested under side impact collisions. The test will simulate a T-bone crash where the front of a vehicle traveling 30 mph strikes the side of a small passenger vehicle traveling at 15 mph. These speeds cover about 90%o of side impact collisions when a car that was stopped at a light or a stop sign goes at a green light and another car coming from the side rams into the first car. This new regulations could save about five children a year and prevent another 64 children a year from injuries. This new regulations can take months if not years to go into effect. Once the regulation is in effect then car seat manufacturers will have 3 years to adjust their car seats to meet the regulations. Let’s hope that it does not take years for this NHTSA regulation to go into effect. This is a long time coming and necessary to prevent unnecessary deaths.

Visit NHTSA for more information and the PDF to the actual this proposal that will be published in the Federal Register. The public has 90 days to comment on this proposal.