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