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Responding to the Chicago Tribune Article “Car Seat Tests Reveal Flaws”

The big news story of the moment comes to us courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.  As you have probably seen by now, they ran a story on Saturday, February 28 titled Car Seat Tests Reveal “Flaws”.    

So, is this overblown, sensationalistic journalism meant to sell more newspapers or is this a real “Houston – we have a problem” issue?  Let’s take a look at what we do know at the moment:  

Unsafe Infant Child Seats Found in Crash Tests? Don’t Panic. Yet.

As you may know, the Chicago Tribune recently revealed data from some testing done by the government on infant car seats.  This wasn’t the usual sled testing used to pass child restraint models for sale to consumers.  It was a new type of testing done for research in conjunction with the NCAP testing of new vehicles by the NHTSA, something not required for child seats.  Are the flaws a major concern?  Is this important for the safety of your baby?  Is it another Consumer Reports type of blunder with improper test methods, leading to hysteria among parents?  Perhaps somewhere in between?

I’m out of town on a short trip, but Heather and Kecia are working round-the-clock to sort through all the fine details!  Stay tuned this week for the 411 on what you really need to know about crash tests and infant carrier and base child seat models from Graco, Combi and others.  In the mean time, federal officials interested in a long-overdue update of their standards might read our blog from last year on the subject of inadequate testing:

http://carseatblog.com/?p=121