The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking to upgrade standards for child seats.
Today the NHTSA proposed a change to federal vehicle safety standards that would require child seats to be safer during side-impact crashes.
The new standards would apply to child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds.
The NHTSA proposal includes a test that would stimulate a side crash, or “T-bone” crash.
The NHTSA hope the new test will help prevent at least five child deaths from side-impact crashes a year.
The proposal would allow car seat manufacturers three years to make any changes to meet the new requirements.
NHTSA acting administrator David Friedman says the side-impact test is the first of its kind.