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NHTSA Revises Final Rule, But Concedes Little to Petition - Saturday, March 08, 2014

  Information formerly reported by SRN regarding implementation of the new FMVSS 213 amendments (which took effect February 27) remains accurate, but new details were added by NHTSA in its February 20th response to our 2012 petition.

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Wondering How to Deal with FMVSS 213 Changes This February? - Sunday, January 05, 2014

If you want to know more about how changes to FMVSS 213 will affect the use of LATCH after the 2/27/14 effective date, check out this SRN editorial...

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Recent Developments Likely to Change CPS Landscape - Sunday, April 01, 2012

This issue of SRN covers some important developments that will have far-ranging effects in the CPS field for years to come.

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New Rule—Expand FMVSS 213 Coverage to 80 lbs, Clarify Lower Anchor Weight - Sunday, April 01, 2012

On February 27, NHTSA announced a major change to the federal child restraint standard, adopting a 10-year-old into the dummy family and clearly defining lower anchor (LA) weight limits.

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Editorial—Federal Standards Must Pave the Way Toward LATCH Limit Clarity - Thursday, April 07, 2011

The current situation of mixed messages regarding LATCH anchor weight limits should not be tolerated for yet another ten years.  We feel the public must have one, clearly-communicated source for LATCH weight limits, and that source must be definitively established through improvements to FMVSS 213 and 225 requirements.

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Status of CR Side-Impact Regulation for CRs - Friday, February 01, 2013

Check out the Department of Transportation’s update on the status of rulemaking for a side-impact standard for car seats as well as other significant NHTSA projects in this report.

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 10-year-old Dummy Related
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Safe Ride News Publication's comments to NHTSA - Monday, January 24, 2011

The current proposal regarding the Hybrid III 6- and 10-year-old ATDs takes another step forward.... One key element of the addition of new dummies is how the proposal relates to the LATCH system.

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Why No Boosters on Buses? - Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In October 2008, NHTSA published the "Federal Motor Vehicle Standards;Seating Systems, Occupant Crash Protection, Seat Belt Assemb;y Anchorages, School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection" final rule, the last components of which will take effect on October 21, 2011. Important among these is the requirement for new buses of 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or less to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts, rather than lap-only belts, in all positions.

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New School Bus Seat Belt Rule Set - Monday, December 01, 2008

In October 2008, upgraded federal school bus seating requirements were issued. This is the biggest change in FMVSS 222 since it first went into effect in 1977. 

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