Whoa, the Secretary of Transportation just posted the findings of NHTSA's wide-ranging review of US car seat safety standards policy [!] to his blog [!!], Welcome To The Fast Lane.
The bullet points:
- "[N]ew side-impact standards as well as increased stringency on front-impact standards."
- "Manufacturers will recommend specific seats in various price ranges that work best for individual vehicles. "
- "[H]alf of all children between the ages of zero and seven-years-old, who were killed in motor vehicle crashes, were not in child safety seats at all."
Whoa, WHOA, and WHOA!! respectively. Though could we have a link to that last data, please? 0-7 is a pretty big bucket.
Also, Volvo, you can stop pouting now.