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NHSTA proposes side-impact testing for car seats

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration is planning to test car seats to see how they withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 miles an hour.

The goal is to improve child safety in car seats.  These new tests will see how various seats protect children from head trauma and other injuries in highway accidents.

The tests will cover children that weigh up to 40 pounds. 

AAA Arizona said it is crucial for car seats to not only be installed properly, but that they are manufactured and tested to withstand all types of crashes in order to protect their precious cargo. 

According to the NHSTA the number of children who have died in car seats has gone down – in 2002 there were 614 deaths, while in 2011 there were only 397.

Before the side-impact tests begin - the first step for safety is installing the car seat correctly, which AAA Arizona stated happens less than 20 percent of the time. 

For more car seat safety tips go online to http://www.az.aaa.com/news/traffic-safety/time-out-avoid-common-car-seat-mistakes.

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