Probe launched into unsafe children’s car seats
Congressman Raja, as Chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, reprimanded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week for failing to establish side-impact test standards for children’s car seats and boosters, and allowing manufacturers to fashion their own standards.
In the case of Evenflo, the manufacturer’s own tests found a child using their ‘Big Kid’ booster seat could be paralyzed or killed in a side-impact crash, but given the lack of oversight by the NHTSA, the company was able to simply lower the bar and alter the test until their booster seat passed. “When we peeled the onion, we were just beside ourselves wondering what the heck is going on here,” Congressman Raja said in an interview with ProPublica.
The Congressman continues to demand greater regulation of the car seat industry and won’t stop until the seats are regulated properly. To read more about the investigation into safety standards for children’s car seats and boosters, please click here