According to the Associated Press and the Birmingham News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is changing the way it rates car seats for children. They are going to a five-star rating system for car seats. This new system will assist parents in selecting car seat models. The rating system will consider ease of installation, ability to secure a child, labeling, and instruction manuals.
According to NHTSA, seven out of ten car seats are either the wrong size or misused. Obviously, these factors increase the risk for injury to children. As a parent who has experienced the frustration with the use of car seats, this is a welcome aid in assisting us with selecting car seats. As an attorney who pursues product liability claims, this is also a welcome system to help reduce tragic incidents.