Could kids' car seats become safer?

Kids’ car seats could become safer in the coming years, thanks to a new round of side-impact crash tests being proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington D.C.

Car seats would be affixed to a test sled that’s subjected to a “T-bone” collision in which the front of a vehicle going 30 mpg hits the side of a small car traveling at 15 mph. Test dummies simulating both a 12-month infant and a three-year old toddler would be used, and all safety seats would be required to protect a child’s head and chest from crash forces. NHTSA estimates that the new rules could save five lives and prevent 64 injuries each year.

“Car seats are an essential tool for keeping young children safe in vehicles and have a proven track record of saving lives,” says NHTSA acting administrator David Friedman. “We continue to build on our extensive child seat safety program by adding side-impact crash protection.”

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