Child restraint ratings based on ease of use will continue but NHTSA won't rate crash performance

The Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act of 2000 is an effort to rate child restraints based on comparative ease of use so that parents can find the most appropriate systems. Of the 92 systems rated this year, 74 scored the top ranking of "A." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is doing the analysis, is also looking into dynamic testing of the restraints, using two pilot programs, one with 30 mph sled tests, the other by putting child restraints in back seats of cars being evaluated in frontal New Car Assessments. No significant differences were revealed in the sled tests. All performed satisfactorily. NHTSA is still grappling with the short shelf life of restraints. With new models being introduced constantly, it is unlikely to be able to provide consumers with ratings in time for them to use them to purchase the product being rated. However, the frontal tests could be expanded, to include children of different ages in back seats to see if there are any useful comparisons. The findings support NHTSA's message to parents that all the systems work, and that what is important is that they be easy to use and used correctly.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p 7
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Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Child restraint systems; Ratings
  • Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors; I85: Safety Devices used in Transport Infrastructure;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010938
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2005 2:06PM