January 18, 2007
Today Consumer Reports backed off from a study done on infant car seats saying that the test crashes were done at speeds higher than they claimed.
On January 4th the magazine reported that most of the seats that they tested failed horribly in crashes as low as 35 mph. One test claimed a dummy child was hurled 30 feet.
Today the magazine says that it received information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the speed at which the side impact tests were conducted, supposedly 38 mph.
Ken Weine, a spokesperson for Consumer Reports, said that new information from the federal agency showed that the speeds were in fact higher.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration the tests were done under conditions that would represent being struck at more than 70 mph, twice as fast as the magazine claimed.