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New proposed government standards on carseats
For the first time child car seats would have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under new proposed government regulations.
But what does this regulation mean for you and you children?
You might have one or two of these in your car but how well do the protect your child during a T- bone accident?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash.
The agency estimates the standards would prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.
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 light or stop sign. When the car begins to accelerate to go through the intersection, it is struck in the side by a vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed on the cross street.
Safety advocates have long sought tougher standards for car seats to protect against side-impact crashes. The regulations won't be made final until after the agency has reviewed the comments and answered any important issues that may be raised. That typically takes months and sometimes years, although officials said they hope to move quickly.
Here locally... Firefighters who are usually first on scene at a crash say the change is a welcomed one.
"i think anything we can do to increase the safety for our children is a fantastic step in the right direction."
"T bone accidents are critical accidents. There are so many factors that can cause children to be injured and with these new regulations I think it's a great thing for manufacturers to do what's being asked of them by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration."
Manufacturers will have up to three years to make any adjustments to the seats.