Disturbing Report On Infant Car Seats

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

Januray 5, 2007

The magazine crash tested a dozen of the most popular rear facing infant car seats.

The infant car seats passed federal government crash tests, which are conducted from the front at 30 miles per hour.

But of the 12 car seats tested by Consumer Reports, which tests at 38 miles per hour, 10 failed the test.

Among them were the Graco Safe Seat and the Britax Companion, which jumped off the seat and then slammed back again, the Evenflo Discovery, which flew off its base, and the Eddie Bauer Comfort Seat, which technicians were unable to install.

Only two performed well, the Baby Trend Flex Loc and the Graco Snugride with EPS.

Manufactuers have questioned the testing methods of Consumer Reports and have said that they stand by their products.

But with car seats cutting the risk of injury or death by 71 percent everyone agrees that having one is better than not having one at all.

The magazine suggests securing the seat at the center rear position of the vehicles back seat.


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