Car Seats May Soon Undergo Additional Testing

on April 8, 2014 by George Panagiotopoulos

SFTH 05Traffic accidents can turn your world upside down in an instant. Being in a wreck can be especially stressful if you have children in the car. It has been proven that car seats are the most effective way to protect your child from serious injury in a crash. However, regulations governing car seats currently do not address how the seats test in one of the most common types of crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this could soon change. The NHTSA has proposed upgrades to the federal motor vehicle safety standard to include a side impact performance test for all car seats sold in the U.S. that are designed for children weighing up to 40 pounds. The proposed rule is currently in the midst of a 90-day public comment period. Once the regulation is finalized, manufacturers of car seats will have three years to implement any necessary changes.

NHTSA reports that car seats will be tested in simulated “T-bone” or side-impact crashes where the front of a vehicle traveling 30 mph collides into the side of a passenger vehicle traveling 15 mph. These speeds cover the majority of all side-impact crashes, according to NHTSA’s data.

If your child has been injured by a defective car seat or due to the negligence of another party, contact the personal injury attorneys at Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt for help recovering your damages suffered.

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