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Is your child’s car seat protecting them from side crashes? Gov. wants to raise standards


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.