Category Archives: nhtsa

Car Seat Safety Recommendations for New Parents

Car seat safety is of top concern for many parents—and for good reason: automobile accidents are unpredictable and far too common, and even the most cautious drivers are at risk. Many deaths and injuries result when children are not restrained properly, so finding the right car seat and installing it correctly can significantly improve your child’s safety. When shopping for car seats: Avoid buying secondhand. Car seats may not be safe ... Read more
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KID’s Mobile Site and Other Online Resources

This week at KID we celebrate the strides we have made in making recall and product safety information more accessible to parents and caregivers through our mobile site. Five years ago this week, we launched our mobile site with the help of WeMakeitSafer and Table XI. The mobile site allows parents and caregivers have access to the latest recalls at their fingertips. Just as you’d look for reviews on a movie or restaurant before spending money, ... Read more
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CPSC Works to Improve Child Product Recalls

KID’s annual recall reports from the last two years have shown that child product recalls are worryingly inefficient. Only 14% of all 2013 recalled children’s products were successfully corrected or destroyed. For comparison, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has an average recall completion rate of 65%.The annual reports also brought to light issues with records that included quite a bit of missing information and mathematical ... Read more
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AAP and NHTSA — new guidelines for car seats

In the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised parents to keep their children in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until the child reaches maximum height and weight limit for the seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new child seat safety guidelines shortly after AAP's publication was released.   Both AAP and NHTSA suggested parents check the maximum height and ... Read more
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Almost 800,000 Dorel car seats recalled for faulty harness systems

Almost a year ago, NBC Target 5 reporter Lisa Parker reported on a father's efforts to alert the manufacturer, NHTSA and the public to a problem he found with his Dorel Juvenile Group car seat. He documented on a YouTube video that the harness could pull loose when it was supposed to be locked in place. This could prove dangerous in a crash -- allowing the occupant to fly out of the car seat or even if retained, suffer injuries from the additional ... Read more
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Chicago Tribune’s latest investigation: car seat testing

Chicago Tribune reporter Trish Callahan has published another in the Tribune's series on children's product safety. This report looks at a pilot testing program at NHTSA that included infant car seats in the back seats of vehicles being crashed for car safety testing. While not easy to find on the NHTSA.gov site, the crash tests raise questions about the adequacy of current testing done on sleds vs. in-car testing and the possibility that some infant ... Read more
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