June 14, 2006

NHTSA releases 2006 child safety seat ratings

Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its 2006 ratings on child safety seats, saying that the newest models are easier to use than their predecessors. The NHTSA rated 99 seats from 14 different manufacturers.

Of the 99 seats rated, 85 received an overall score of “A”; in 2005, 74 per cent received the high score. Most of the improvements were in clearer labels and instructions. The department began its “Ease of Use” for child restraint systems and booster seats in 2003, and uses a grading system of A, B or C to denote how easy it is to use the seats. It also uses the letter grading system to denote how well the seats perform in five categories of assembly requirements, clarity of labelling, clarity of written instructions, ease of securing a child, and ease of installation in a vehicle. The full list of seats and ratings can be found at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CPS/CSSRating/Index.cfm.

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