AP Exclusive: Government to propose that child car seats protect kids in side-impact crashes

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 22, 2014 - 6:19 AM

WASHINGTON — Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned.

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ruphinaJan. 22, 14 1:04 AM

Now we talking about millions of car seats made obsolete for 5 deaths and 64 injuries a year. My guess is these fanatics all own huge chunks of shares in the car seat manufacturers. Bill G.

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busdriver37Jan. 22, 14 8:13 AM

In one place, the article states, "Research shows that many child deaths and injuries in side-impact crashes..." Yet earlier, it states that the proposed changes will hopefully save 5 lives and minimize 64 injuries per year. I don't describe that as "many." Bad reporting aside, I would certainly hope these car seats protect children from side-impact crashes given the pretty penny that they cost. (I recall spending over $225 for one seat back in the day. Thankfully, never had to learn how well that sucker would work in a side-impact crash.)

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yardboyJan. 22, 14 9:06 AM

NHTSA has approximately 600 employees, a nearly a $1 Billion dollar budget for this fiscal, and nearly 50 years of proposals and regulations for child car seats and they are still looking at further regulations? All I can say is WOW, amazing! As Ronald Reagan once said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” He was totally correct.

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rogue37Jan. 22, 14 9:43 AM

When will day come when they recommend a roll cage for each child to be strapped into? You cant prevent every death. Most are caused by careless driving. Maybe it is time to test drivers in simulators before you can renew your license? Dont tell me it costs to much. A Wii or x-box only cost a few hundred. I am sure someone can make a game out of it.

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Area51Jan. 22, 1410:03 AM

Wouldn't it be cheaper to write a regulation requiring drivers of cars with children in them to look left and look right, ensuring no cars are still moving, before entering an intersection?

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mariezzJan. 22, 1411:22 AM

Car seats are obsolete within 6 years - look for a notice (often on the plastic) saying "do not use this car seat after X". They have an expiration date printed on them. Thus, adding this as a regulation will not make "millions of car seats obsolete". Such regulations are typically phased in over time, with plenty of warning to manufacturers, who will start selling compliant seats at least a few years before the regulation applies.

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