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Feds propose new regulations for car seats

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 - 00:32

Jan.22-New rules intended to better protect children in side-impact crashes. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. safety regulators have proposed upgraded standards for child car seats to better protect children when the vehicle is struck on the side. If the new rules go into effect, car seats sold in the United States would undergo, for the first time, side impact tests using a new three-year-old crash test dummy. The tests are designed to check the safety of children in car seats who weigh less than 40 pounds. Current standards test car seats for front-of-vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says car seat manufacturers will be given three years to meet the new standards and tests, once they are approved. NHTSA estimates the proposed standards and new test would save five lives and prevent 64 injuries annually. (SOUNDBITE) DAVID FRIEDMAN, NHTSA Acting Administrator "It's an incredibly dangerous situation where if the child seat is placed right next to the door, the impact of that crash could sadly send their head into the door and cause serious injury. The goal of this new test is to ensure that child seats improve their protection of the child's head and torso in that kind of crash. Basically what they'll be doing is adding some more foam padding and maybe increasing the size of the side wings to keep those children protected."

Feds propose new regulations for car seats

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 - 00:32

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