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

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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.