When you strap your child into a car seat, you think that they are safe because these seats have safety standards, right? Sorry to burst that bubble, but if you’re strapping kids weighing more than 65 pounds to a booster seat, they don’t come with any government safety standards. And even seats for younger children are regulated only for their effectiveness in front-end collisions.
So what’s the problem? It turns out it lies with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They haven’t developed a lifelike child crash test dummy, which is needed to properly test the safety of seats built for heavier children. Until then, child seat manufacturers are left to self-regulate their car seats, instead of following guidelines instituted to protect children in front, side, rear-end and rollover accidents.
The problem, says safety experts, is the lack of funding for research and development into lifelike child test dummies. With the rise of overweight children, seats made just a few years ago to hold children up to 65 pounds are now marketed for those up to 85 pounds.
[Source: The Washington Post]