Local leaders are calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enhance measures to protect children in car seats.
The letter to the NHTSA as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation asks for the implementation of side-impact testing standards.
Local leaders are also asking for the proper placement of labels on car seats that offer guidance on how to use them with kids of specific heights and weights.
In a statement to News10NBC, a NHTSA spokesperson said:
“A properly installed, the age-and-size appropriate car seat is the best tool we have to protect children in a crash. NHTSA recently announced plans to finalize three important rules to improve car seat safety, installation, and testing. Notably, NHTSA plans to issue a final rule by January 2022 for side-impact performance requirements for child car seats, including a new side-impact test that uses the new side-impact crash test dummy that was finalized in 2020. NHTSA is also working to finalize two other important rules by early 2022 that would reduce early transitions to forward-facing car seats and boosters and would improve the correct installation of car seats. We appreciate the interest of the attorneys general in this critical issue and look forward to finalizing these critical child passenger safety regulations.”
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