NHTSA’s Proposal for Side-Impact Tests for Car Seats
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued a press release on the proposed first-ever side impact tests for child restraint systems. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hopes to ensure car seats are as safe as possible. The announced proposal will likely give car-seat makers important data on how seats perform in crashes and more importantly, how they can be improved upon.
Just the Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, more than 1,200 children ages 14 years old or younger died in car crashes. Additionally, approximately 171,000 children were injured in crashes. The CDC found a strong correlation between children being properly restrained and the driver’s use of a seat belt. In fact, nearly 40 percent of children riding in cars with unbelted drivers were also unrestrained.
Car Seats Reduce the Risk for Death and Serious Injury to Children
• Child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants in car crashes.
• Car seats reduce the risk of death by 54 percent for toddlers between the ages of one and four.
• Booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children from age four to eight.
The proposed tests will study how car seats handle ‘T-bone’ type crashes. This ‘sled test’ will show what happens when a vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour hits the side of another vehicle that is traveling at 15 miles per hour. This pioneering test will not only study how car seats protect 12-month-old child dummies but also how various car seats perform with the new three-year-old crash dummies. Car-seat makers will have three years to make any necessary safety changes upon final publication of the rule.
Keeping Children Safe
Keeping children safe is a top priority for families in San Diego and all along the Central Coast. Staying up-to-date with safety advances and recall information can help parents stay on the cutting edge of safety for their children. If your child has been injured in a car accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.