Thursday, January 18, 2007

Car Seat Update (another one)

You may remember a post last week about a Consumer Reports update to their car seat testing where they had a huge number of infant seats failing their side-impact tests.

Well, apparently Consumer Reports used an outside laboratory to perform the testing, and it was flawed:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 — Consumer Reports magazine on Thursday retracted an article on infant car seats, published two weeks ago, that said most of them had failed side-impact crash tests.

The tests were supposed to simulate an impact at 38 miles an hour, but actually simulated more than 70 m.p.h., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which was so startled by the article that it tried to duplicate the magazine’s results at a government laboratory last weekend. The agency does not have a standard for side impacts but said that at 38 m.p.h., the seats all appeared to do well.

I've never heard of Consumer Reports retracting an article before. Hopefully this leads to better control procedures if use other labs for testing.

I'm deleting the original post, since it's now inaccurate.

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