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25
Mar
Child Crash Dummies

A Tale Of Failed Crash Dummies And Children

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will postpone some car seat regulations until crash dummies can better ‘mimic real children’. What does this mean to you?¬† Basically, federal regulations for automobile booster/car seats do not accurately protect our children.

The crash dummies failed because they are too stiff to mimic a child’s reaction during a crash. The stiffness of the dummies skews ‘the amount of crash force the child’s head would experience’ in the crash test, according to NHTSA officials. Problems with the development of child dummies are the key reason seats for children have no federal requirements for effectiveness¬† in regards to side-impact, rear-end and rollover collisions.

Each state has laws in place that are designed to protect our children, but how are we supposed to feel secure that they are effective if there is no way to test them effectively?