Child Seats Need To Be Held To New Standards According To NHTSA

With five deaths and 64 injuries already being reported from side impact collisions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a proposal that outlines a recommendation to increase Federal standards for child seats and their ability to perform better in side-impact collisions.

In the document, the NHTSA revealed details of a new 30 mph impact test to simulate the effects of a t-bone accident on car seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds. To pass the test, a crash test dummy should be adequately protected from a door intruding into the vehicle’s passenger area.

The proposal has been published with the Federal Register and is open for public comment for 90 days.