The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing the first-ever side impact test for car seats sold in the U.S. designed for children weighing up to 40 lbs.
“Car seats are an essential tool for keeping young children safe in vehicles and have a proven track record of saving lives,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman.
Aiming to better protect small children in car seats from side crashes, the agency estimates that the proposal would save five lives and prevent 64 injuries yearly. The side impact test being proposed would have car seats undergo a simulated T-bone crash where the front of a vehicle traveling 30 mph would strike the side of a small passenger vehicle at 15 mph.
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“Today we continue to build on our extensive child seat safety program by adding side-impact crash protection for the first time,” he said.
The test would use an existing 12-month-old child dummy in addition to a newly developed dummy representing a three-year-old child. The test will demonstrate whether or not seats can effectively prevent head contact in a crash or reduce the severity of impact to a child’s head and body.
[Source: Detroit News]