NHTSA Will Finally Require Child Safety Seats to Protect in Side-Impact Crashes
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will soon start requiring child safety seats to be tested in side-impact tests as well as the front-impact test already used.
- Congress asked NHTSA to come up with a rule like this more than 20 years ago, but better late than never, right?
- In 2021, a group of 17 state attorneys general wrote a letter to NHTSA that said not having side-impact tests in place "unnecessarily endangers children on the road and does a huge disservice to families."
It has taken longer than safety advocates, Congress, and many state attorneys general wanted, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finally issued a rule for updated side-impact crash tests involving child safety seats used on passenger vehicles. NHTSA was …
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