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.
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 The findings of the test -- that most seats "failed disastrously" -- were withdrawn two weeks after their Jan. 4 publication when the magazine learned its side-impact tests had simulated speeds twice as fast as it reported.
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.
February 8, 2006 |
Britney Spears defended photographs showing the pop star driving with her 4-month-old son on her lap, saying she was dodging the paparazzi. Several photos published Tuesday showed Spears driving her SUV in Malibu with infant Sean Preston on her lap, rather than strapped into a car seat in the back. Spears said she did it because of a "horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi." The agency that snapped the photos, X17, had a different account.
January 31, 2005 |
Just 40% of children ages 4 to 8 ride in car safety seats or booster seats at least occasionally, a new survey has found, meaning that most children risk being thrown from the car in the case of an accident. The study shows that many people who drive with children do not have booster seats and feel the risk is acceptable because they are making only short trips.
June 12, 2003 |
The federal government issued its first ratings of car seats for children Wednesday and called for improvements in a life-saving product many parents have trouble installing correctly. Only three models earned a straight-A grade in all five categories the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates to judge convenience and ease of use. Two were Graco Comfort Sport models, and the other was an Evenflo Tribute.