Rice & Bloomfield
Child Safety in Car Accidents: Los Angeles Lawyers Call for Stricter Standards
Los Angeles trial lawyers join parents nationwide in a call for stricter safety standards for child safety seats.
The revelation recently, that child safety seats may not afford the protection we as parents expect them to when a crash occurs was met with understandable concern by the public. Consumer Reports found that 10 of 12 popular child safety seats failed in crashes at speeds as low as 35 mph, putting the infant or child at risk of serious injury or death. Only two models, the Graco SnugRide and Baby Trend Flex-Loc, passed their testing.
Although it rates the safety of cars in various types of crashes and at speeds greater than 30 mph, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) only tests the safety of child safety car seats in 30 mph front end collisions. The results of the Consumer Reports study exposed serious problems with this limited government testing.
We should note, however, that child safety seats have been responsible for saving the lives of many children involved in automobile accidents. For information on how to select and properly use a child safety seat, check out http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/child-car-booster-seats/reports/how-to-choose/index.htm
For more information on the safety of the car you drive, go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/testing/ncap/