Editorials

Child safety seats need more testing

Anyone who buckles an infant into a car seat should be aware of a recent study from Consumer Reports showing that most of those seats fail in higher-speed car crashes. ...

The respected magazine tested rear-facing infant car seats in 35 mph frontal crashes and 38 mph side crashes. Those are the speeds at which the government tests cars for crash safety. The conflict is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests infant seats only in 30 mph crashes. ...

The Consumer Reports test found that in the higher-speed crashes, seven of 12 car seats failed.

One of the toughest things a new parent has to do is to buy the right car seat and install it properly. The NHTSA needs to move swiftly and perform its own review of infant seat safety standards and give parents the guidance they need.

The above editorial excerpt is from The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune.

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