Did you hear about the new car seat testing? We sure did, and as we are looking for a new car seat for Bellamy Blue, these new standards for car seat testing will be an important part of our considerations. The new changes to car seat testing means that car seats will have to be tested to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 miles an hour. Since a quarter of all car accidents are side impact collisions, this move will save the lives of children. Right now, it is quite difficult for parents to know if car seats have been properly crash tested.
Many car seat brands do not currently test for side-impact collisions, since the manufacturers are not required to do so.
You can read more about the new car seat testing standards at “The Truth about Child Car Seat Safety Claims.”
Since 2008, Evenflo is one of the few car seat manufacturers that have been doing side impact testing across their entire product line including the #1 rated seats: Symphony All in One and Triumph Convertible.
Side-impact testing simulates a crash in which the vehicle carrying the car seat is struck on the side by another vehicle. Evenflo test at speeds that replicate the Side Impact Testing for New Car Assessment Program (SNCAP) and those of NHTSA’s newly proposed side impact test protocol. Evenflo also advertises side impact testing both on the carton and on the car seat itself, so parents are aware of the level of test that are designed to keep kids safe.
If the new testing standards are accepted, the proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 miles an hour. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.
Disclaimer: The above information was provided by Evenflo. No compensation was received.