It’s been extensively stated in the media that a new rule regarding child seat safety will change certain requirements in 2014.
According to the new requirements, child-seat manufacturers must let parents know they must not use the lower anchors required in vehicles since 2001 if their kids have reached the 65 pounds weight limit. According to the news covering the announcement, the strength of these anchors might not be enough to hold the child and safety cannot be guaranteed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed also in an official statement that child seats’ weight ranges between 15 to 33 pounds and since toddlers could weigh as light as 32 pounds, the latch systems now being used in car seats everywhere in America since 2001 could actually be ineffective.
Outdated requirements and standards have reportedly prevented federal agencies and lawmakers to design new safety guidelines that could help prevent injuries to kids in all age groups, according to certain child safety advocates.
Hopefully, federal agencies and child seat manufacturers will be able to arrive at an agreement regarding the best way to keep our children safe. As a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles I sincerely hope that this announcement and new rule will prevent accidents in the future.
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