Status of CR Side-Impact Regulation for CRs
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.
Recent Developments Likely to Change CPS Landscape
This issue of SRN covers some important developments that will have far-ranging effects in the CPS field for years to come.
Safe Ride News Publication's comments to NHTSA
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.
FMVSS 213 Outline
A color-coded outline of FMVSS 213 by Safe Ride News Publications.
Articles on Standards and Problems
U.S. DOT Responds on April 24 to CR Testing Flap with Changes
The prompt review of child restraint testing ordered by U.S.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood after the Chicago Tribune
article appeared on March 1 has been completed. .
Putting the Latest Car Seat Testing Revelations in Perspective
On March 1, the Chicago Tribune published a major article on what
it called ‘flaws” in CRs revealed in high-speed crash tests. It
examined reports of a series of what were apparently research tests
of rear-facing CRs in actual vehicles in New Car Assessment
Program (NCAP) testing.
SRN Editorial: Putting the Latest CR Testing Revelations Into
Things were too calm. The time was ripe for another sensational
article and the Chicago Tribune report (3/1/09) supplied it. We’ve all
been through this before and know that media reports, no matter how
hard the reporters try, may not have all the facts and details right, but
it is easy to get alarmed.
SRN Editorial: Pressure to Move Toward a Side-Impact Standard
for Car Seats
In the January/February issue of SRN, I reported that the recall of the
Evenflo Discovery was due to problems discovered in actual vehicles
crashed as part of Side-impact New Car Assessment Program
(SNCAP) testing of actual vehicles. The inclusion of CRs in NCAP
testing has been done more frequently since the failure of the
Consumers’ Union effort last year to correctly simulate such testing
on a sled.
Understanding Testing, Standards Development
CU first published and then—two weeks later—retracted its test results of 12 rear-facing child restraints that had been widely publicized on January 5 and printed in the February 2007 edition
of Consumer Reports. The report drew considerable media attention and led to panic on the part of many parents, who snatched up the only two that were recommended or, by some reports, tried to return other models to retailers.
New Rule Will Expand FMVSS 213 Coverage to 80 Pounds, Clarify Lower Anchor Weights
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.