Are Booster Seat Manufacturers Implementing “Meaningless Safety Tests”?
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Economic and Consumer Policy subcommittee, in their official report released on December 10, 2020, has revealed that a number of booster seat manufacturers are misleading consumers with false safety.
According to the report, booster seat makers are endangering the lives of countless children and misleading consumers with their booster seat safety test by:
- failing to conduct appropriate side-impact testing and having their own tests, which are considered as “meaningless safety tests” as it allows almost any seat to pass; and
- dangerously recommending and marketing that “children under 40 pounds and as light as 30 pounds can use booster seats”, despite the expert consensus that advises against such recommendation.
The subcommittee’s investigation was launched after several booster seat safety-related complaints and concerns were raised by parents and consumer advocates.
Parents and caregivers purchase child booster seats for their children who have outgrown their infant car seats but are not yet old or big enough for proper seat belt positioning without a booster seat.
Most of them trust and rely on the recommendations given by the booster seat manufacturers for information on when the appropriate age and weight is for their kids to transition to booster seats, a trust that is sadly misplaced.
Booster Brands And Seats Tagged As Potential Safety Hazards
The following brands have been found by the subcommittee to sell booster seats that pose potential safety hazards:
- Artsana (sold under the brand name “Chicco”)
- Baby Trend
- Dorel (sold under the brand names “Maxi-Cosi” and “Safety 1st “)
The report has explicitly identified the following booster seat models as potential safety hazards:
- Baby Trend PROtect Yumi Folding Booster Seat
- Baby Trend PROtect Yumi 2-in-1 Booster Seat
- Baby Trend Protect 2-in-1 Booster Seat (as sold at Target)
- Chicco KidFit Zip (manufactured by Artsana)
- Chicco KidFit 2-in-1 (manufactured by Artsana)
- Britax Highpoint
- Britax Midpoint
- Britax Skyline
- Britax Parkway
- Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP (brand name manufactured by Dorel)
- Maxi-Cosi Rodifix (brand name manufactured by Dorel)
- Safety 1st Boost Air 100 (brand name manufactured by Dorel)
These brands and models have been reported to have undergone substandard testing and poor regulatory enforcement of the law, which led to false safety claims and marketing.
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Questions About Booster Seat Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) was tasked by Congress two decades ago to create safety standards for booster seats to minimize the risks of serious and fatal injuries for children from car crashes and accidents.
However, such standards were never set by the NHSTA, and this has resulted in booster seat manufacturers devising and setting their own standards, safety ratings, and testing benchmarks for booster seat safety.
This caused unregulated ratings and test results by manufacturers, which are unreliable because there is no specific standard that guides and regulates them.
The subcommittee’s report disclosed that the tests are “entirely self-designed, are not rigorous, and fail to adequately assess the risk of injury to children.”
This was solidified by reports that 25 percent of children under the age of 15 who lost their lives because of car accidents in 2018 were victims of side-impact crashes.
According to the congressional report, the subcommittee has recommended that “NHTSA fulfill its duty to regulate booster seat safety to ensure that manufacturers do not mislead parents or put children at risk in how they design and market their booster seats.”
In response to this recommendation, the NHSTA has released the statement:
“Issuing new side-impact performance standards for child restraint systems is a highly complex process. This requires extensive development and testing, including developing a new sled test procedure, relevant performance requirements, and a new child side impact test dummy. This process is necessary to ensure an objective and representative performance test, which will save more children’s lives. NHTSA looks forward to publishing the final rule for side-impact standards soon.”
Editor’s Note on Booster Seat False Safety Tests Class Action Investigation:
This piece is written about the Booster Seats False Safety Tests Lawsuit Investigation.
If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit investigation, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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