Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Chicago Tribune's latest investigation: car seat testing
Chicago Tribune reporter Trish Callahan has published another in the Tribune's series on children's product safety. This report looks at a pilot testing program at NHTSA that included infant car seats in the back seats of vehicles being crashed for car safety testing. While not easy to find on the NHTSA.gov site, the crash tests raise questions about the adequacy of current testing done on sleds vs. in-car testing and the possibility that some infant seats may come off their bases in a crash. US Transportation Secretary and former Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood has "launched a top to bottom review of current child safety seat standards. That review will be swift and thorough." NHTSA, KID and other safety groups caution, that while this data might call for better testing, a properly installed car seat is still the safest place for your infant or young child in a car.