“The engineering principles that determine whether a restraint is crash-worthy or not were developed in the U.S. more than 70 years ago,” says Sheridan. “Unfortunately, we continue to see recalls of child safety devices with unacceptable frequency. Many parents assume that the child and infant restraints available for sale in their local stores are all safe. The features listed by manufacturers on the side of the box are intended to confirm parent’s beliefs. Many parents also believe that a more expensive seat offers more protection. This simply is not true. I published this article series to educate parents and other purchasers on the potential safety hazards associated with each different type of restraint system and the need to install seats properly.” Most local police agencies will do a free check to ensure your car seat is installed properly.
The article series can be found at:
- Is Your Chiled's Car Seat Safe
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tracks product recalls. Interested individuals can search their website or sign up for email alerts when new recalls are announced. Sheridan adds, “Recalls of car safety seats typically involve defects in design or construction. Manufacturers need to wake up and ensure products going out the door meet minimum safety standards to offer our children maximum protection.”
To check the government rating of various safety seats go to www.nhtsa.gov/
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