Saturday, February 1, 2014

Car Seat Safety? Let's Congratulate the NHTSA on Adopting Side Impact Testing!

Disclosure / Disclaimer:  I received this info, free of charge, from Evenflo, for blog posting purposes. No compensation,  monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post/review. Nor was I told what to say, all opinions are my own, and yours may be different.



Car seats.

Car seat safety.

If you've read this blog for any length of time, you now this is a VERY important topic for us,
so we were THRILLED to here this news!

nhtsa logo

Car seats will have to be tested to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 miles an hour with new NHTSA test protocols, announced this week!

.  Since a quarter of all car accidents are side impact collisions (and the number seems to be increasing), this move will save the lives of children. Right now, it’s practically impossible for parents to know if car seats have been properly crash tested or to trust they will truly protect children in the event of an unfortunate collision. Check out this article, “The Truth about Child Car Seat Safety Claims.” , and  I’m sure you will be shocked to find out that many car seat brands don’t test for side-impact collisions, AT ALL, since the manufacturers are not required to do so!

symphony car seat

Since 2008, Evenflo is one of the few car seat manufacturers that have been doing side impact testing across their entire product line including the #1 rated seats: Symphony All in One and Triumph Convertible

Side-impact testing simulates a crash in which the vehicle carrying the car seat is struck on the side by another vehicle. An example of a “real life” side impact collision is when a car crossing an intersection is struck on the side by another car that ran a stop sign.  

car seat testng older child

In addition to using an existing 12-month-old child dummy, the proposed new tests will also utilize a newly developed side-impact dummy representing a 3-year-old child. Parents trust car seats to protect children in the event of an accident and it’s Evenflo’s commitment to make sure that each car seat will keep a child safe.

Evenflo tests at speeds that replicate the Side Impact Testing for New Car Assessment Program (SNCAP) and those of NHTSA's newly proposed side impact test protocol. Evenflo also advertises side impact testing both on the carton and on the car seat itself, so parents are aware of the level of test that are designed to keep kids safe.  You can be assures Evenflo’s car seats are designed to outperform the standard norm..

And as a reminder- check out this info graphic for OLDER kids- it's a good reminder, that just because you see something in an ad, doesn't necessarily mean it's SAFE:

Courtesy of The Car Seat Lady


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