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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for kids weighing up to 40 pounds, including a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.
the car begins to accelerate to go through the intersection, it is struck in the side by one traveling at a higher rate of speed on the cross street.
a father of two, I know the peace of mind this proposed test will give parents, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. The test give parents and car seat makers important new data on how car seats perform in side crashes. Acting Administrator David Friedman called car seats Nike Air Max 95 Grey On Feet
Under the proposal, the new tests will simulate a crash, where the front of a vehicle moving at 30 mph strikes the side of a small passenger vehicle traveling 15 mph. The tests will position the car seat on a sled, with another sled ramming the side with the seat rather than use actual cars, as the aim isn to test the crash worthiness of specific vehicles, NHTSA officials said.
The side impact test on car seats the first of its kind simulates both the acceleration of the struck vehicle and the force and angle of the vehicle door crushing inward toward the child. Besides using a 1 year old size dummy already approved under NHTSA standards, the proposed test would utilize a to be developed side impact dummy representing a 3 year old child.
think this is terrific, said Joan Claybrook, the NHTSA administrator during the Carter administration and later president of Public Citizen. Noting that today passenger vehicles have eight air bags, in part to protect adults from side impact crashes, she said, have an absolute moral obligation to protect children as well.
The public will have 90 days to comment on the proposed regulations after they are published this week. The regulations won be made final until after the agency has reviewed the comments and answered any important issues that may be raised. That can take months, and sometimes years, although NHTSA officials said they hope to move quickly.
The proposal includes giving car seat manufacturers three years to make any adjustments to meet the requirements. That window doesn begin until the regulations are finalized.
NHTSA estimates of the number of lives that will be saved and injuries prevented by the new standards are very conservative, Claybrook said.
Research shows that many child deaths and injuries in side impact crashes involve a car carrying children that is stopped at an intersection, usually at a traffic light or stop sign, officials said. When Air Max Reflective
Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned.
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