You may be surprised to learn that up until now, federal standards for car seats only looked at how well the seas protect children during a head-on-collision. Not from the side. But new propose guidelines seek to address that glaring oversight.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced yesterday that it had proposed a new regulation that would require child car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 miles an hour. Under the proposal, car seat manufacturers would have up to three years to make adjustments to their products in order to meet the new requirements. Current car seats would then become outdated and would no longer meet car seat safety standards.