Monday, March 2, 2009

Tests Showing Infant Seat Failures Never Publicized

"In a government crash-test video, the infant car seat flies off of its base, smashing the baby dummy — still strapped into the carrier — upside down and face-first into the back of the driver’s seat. . . . This seat was one of 31 that either flew off their bases or exceeded injury limits in a series of frontal crashes conducted by federal researchers using 2008 model year vehicles, a Chicago Tribune investigation found." But these test results were never publicized, and some infant-seat makers didn't even know of the results. "The Tribune found the results buried in thousands of pages of test reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These tests are used to rate the safety of cars, not the child restraints in them." Read more.

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