Rating Child Safety Seats

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.


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