January 31, 2008 |
Parents who struggle to install child safety seats in their cars or to put toddlers in them securely will receive some new guidance from the government. The Transportation Department said Wednesday that it was revamping a consumer ratings system for child safety seats to help parents make the best choice when buying one. The new approach will use a five-star rating system, based on the ability to secure a child in a seat and the ease with which the seats are installed.
November 25, 2007 |
Graco Children's Products Inc. said it was recalling more than 300,000 infant car seats because of a possible choking hazard. The Exton, Pa.-based company said the recall affected stand-alone SnugRide seats manufactured from Aug. 1, 2006, to June 30. They were sold at mass merchandisers, specialty retail stores and department stores from August 2006 until last week.
March 21, 2007 |
Consultants hired by Consumer Reports to investigate how it botched a story about infant car seats concluded Tuesday that a major misunderstanding between the magazine and the lab that conducted the test resulted in the error. The findings of the test -- that most seats "failed disastrously" -- were withdrawn two weeks after their Jan. 4 publication when the magazine learned its side-impact tests had simulated speeds twice as fast as it reported.
January 19, 2007 |
Consumer Reports on Thursday retracted a negative report on infant car seats that left many parents worried about their babies' safety -- an embarrassing revelation for the venerable magazine. Consumer Reports said that it was withdrawing the report, issued Jan. 4, because some of its test crashes were conducted at speeds higher than it had claimed. The original report said most of the seats tested "failed disastrously" in crashes at speeds as low as 35 mph.
April 24, 2006 |
Installation glitches and directional confusion aside, at least the nation's adults are trying to transport very young children safely. The same can't be said of older children. In 2002 and 2003, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration sent child safety-seat experts in six states to malls, fast-food restaurants, community events, healthcare facilities and other locations to collect data on people's use, nonuse and misuse of child safety restraints.
April 4, 2006 |
Thousands of obese children cannot fit into car seats, leaving them at risk in the event of a crash, researchers said in a study published in the journal Pediatrics. "As the number of obese children in the United States increases, it is essential to develop child safety seats that can protect children of all sizes and shapes," wrote study author Lara Trifiletti of Ohio State University.