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Consumer Reports Reveals 5 Eye Opening Developments Regarding Child Car Safety

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Aug-2015

Back in the 1970s, parents thought nothing about letting their kids "run free" in the back seat or sleep in "car beds" - actions that today would merit a concerned visit from Child Services.

As research regarding child car safety evolves, consumers and anxious parents alike want to know what the latest, vetted scientific data say. On a positive note, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that the number of children under 12 killed in passenger car events has declined by a precipitous 43 percent from 2002 to 2011.

According to Consumer Reports research, here's how our understanding of car seat safety has been evolving:

1. Safety experts recommend keeping children in rear facing seats longer.

Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should try to keep your child in a rear facing seat until he or she is at least 2-year-old.

2. Parents might want to consider investing in a convertible second seat.

Such a seat can be adjusted based on the child's growing height to ensure maximum safety.

3. Parents should be aware of the maximum capabilities of latch systems.

If the child plus the car seat exceeds 65 pounds, the car seat should be installed with a safety belt as opposed to a latch. This change in recommendations can have implications for parents of older toddlers or children.

4. Use the top tethers.

Consumer Reports urges parents to use the top tethers for car seats that face forward. Per Consumer Reports "our testing, and that of others, shows that the simple step can significantly reduce the forward movement of a child in a crash, especially the motion of the head."

5. New crash protocols may unlock new solutions.

Lastly, Consumer Reports and other testing groups are examining a new crash test protocol that's supposed to be ultra realistic. This test, ideally, should lead to more accurate and precise recommendations and better engineered car seats.

5. New crash protocols may unlock new solutions.

Lastly, Consumer Reports and other testing groups are examining a new crash test protocol that's supposed to be ultra realistic. This test, ideally, should lead to more accurate and precise recommendations and better engineered car seats.

If someone you love suffered an injury due to someone else's inaction or wrongdoing, our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can help you seek compensation effectively.

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