Monday, January 8, 2007

Consumer Reports finds most infant car seats fail

UPDATE 1/18/07: This test and the ratings that followed have been retracted due to errors in testing. More here and here.

Most infant car seats fail our new front- and side-crash tests Consumer Reports 2/1/07 "Cars and car seats can’t be sold unless they can withstand a 30-mph frontal crash. But most cars are also tested in a 35-mph frontal crash and in a 38-mph side crash. Car seats aren’t...When we crash-tested infant car seats at the higher speeds vehicles routinely withstand, most failed disastrously. The car seats twisted violently or flew off their bases, in one case hurling a test dummy 30 feet across the lab"

Consumer Reports found that of the 12 seats tested, 2 did ok - the Baby Trend Flex-Loc came in first and then the Graco SnugRide with EPS came in second.

They also noted that in Europe they have tougher standards for such seats and when they tested a European model it was better than all the US models. The model was the Cosy Tot made by Britax Childcare Group LTD. But in case you think this company is gold, the seat they made for America failed.

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