DON T Buy That New Infant Seat Yet

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CaliTrish - January 18

Looks like Consumer Reports is recalling their recent rear-facing infant seat study that reported 10 infant seats provided inadequate protection. Looks like they might have erred in their testing - w w w


piratesmermaid - January 18

Hmmm. Interesting, I wonder how they screwed up to cause such a panic and I'm anxious to read the new report. 'Course now I'm going to be a serious skeptic!


shellster - January 18

So this is interesting. I just read the article posted. From what I read, they recalled their report because the tests were conducted traveling in excess of 70mph, instead of the reported 35mph. So my question is, wouldn't the consumer still prefer to purchase one of the two seats that preformed well under these harsher circ_mstances???


BriannasMummy - January 18

I have to agree with shellster.. it doesnt matter to me if the car was going 35mph and pa__sed or 70mph and failed.. the fact is they failed. I know a lot of people arent going to go 70mph.. however.. i know that on a normal highway around here the speed limit is 55mph.. which is a lot faster then 35mph. Whose to say they wouldnt fail at 55?? To me if they failed they failed, it doesnt matter to me how fast they were going. Just my thoughts. ~Kristin~


CaliTrish - January 18

I believe the objective of the study was to subject the infant car seats to the same requirements that NHTSA tests vehicles - 35 mpg for frontal impact and 38 mph for side impact - since car seats are currently tested only in front-impact crashes at speeds of 30 mph. So, if you have one of the two infant car seats that pa__sed the exessive 70 mph test, GREAT. But if you don’t, it doesn’t mean your car seat provides inadequate protection as the study implied.


Kara H. - January 18

I think it is pretty impressive that the two they gave their high marks to preformed so well at such high milage wrecks. Our interstate speed limit is 70 now and we spend tons of time traveling that route.


mcatherine - January 18

I'm sure we all understand the objective of the study, but it still raises serious questions about the safety of the car seats that failed. We spend a lot of time on roads where the speed limit is 65mph. Should I ask every crazy driver to slow down prior to crashing into me because my son's car seat only pa__sed a 35mph crash test?


CaliTrish - January 18

I don't disagree, it does say a lot for the two seats that did pa__s. I'm extremely happy that I have one of them. But with a 70 mph side impact, the car seat flying out of its base won't be your only worry. Chances are your car won't survive the impact since they're only side-impact tested to 38 mph. Pretty sure you'll be more concerned about your little one and yourself being crushed to death. This bigger questions are why wasn't the government testing car seats to the same requirements as the vehicles that carry them AND why aren't vehicles tested to freeway speed limits. (Because they'd all fail.)


Kara H. - January 18

Usually side impacts happen on intersecting roads, not interstates. But I agree that 35mph is too low to be testing vehicles at for side impact. Rear ends and roll overs from getting clipped are the most common accidents on interstates. I would like to see test data on car seats for those types of accidents.



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