It’s like Déjà vu. All over again.
As we previously reported on CarseatBlog - Consumer Reports made some wild claims about the Orbit Baby infant carseat back in August. They claimed that the carseat detached from its base during testing and labeled the popular (and pricey) product a “Don’t Buy – Safety Risk”. Orbit Baby fought back and claimed that their own safety compliance testing contradicted the CR test results. They also claimed, and CR acknowledged, that the infant seats were not installed according to the directions. All this led to massive confusion as consumers were left wondering who to trust.
It seems that we finally have an answer thanks to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA, for those of you who may be new to the world of Child Passenger Safety (CPS), is the federal agency responsible for setting performance standards and compliance testing carseats to ensure that they meet the standards. Well… shock of all shocks, NHTSA found nothing to support CR’s claims that the Orbit Baby infant carseat didn’t meet federal standards and was unsafe to use. You can read all about NHTSA’s conclusions and their letter to Consumer Reports on the Orbit Baby issue HERE.