New Safety Standards Proposed For Car Seats To Protect Children In Side-Impact Crashes

Statistics are prompting change on the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation‘s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), side-impact car crashes kill at least five small children and leave about 60 with serious injuries each year. “The data we have, in hospitals, in children’s hospitals, trauma centers like ours, we know we could be doing better,” says Marisol Feliciano, Violence and Injury Prevention Program Coordinator at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. So, NHTSA is proposing new safety standards, requiring car seat manufacturers to offer better side-impact protection for babies, toddlers and children.