Will New Crash Test Dummy Help Prevent Child Injuries in Naples Car Accidents?

by Carmen Dellutri on March 5, 2012

Sarasota accident lawyerAs we have all seen in the commercials, the government uses crash test dummies to simulate what might happen in a serious Naples car accident. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled a new member of its family of test dummies. The new "10-year-old child" dummy will be used to test the growing number of child seats and boosters designed for older children, particularly those weighing more than 65 pounds.

"It's good news that manufacturers are making more car seats and boosters than ever before designed to keep older and heavier children safer on our roadways," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

"As the marketplace evolves to accommodate changing consumer needs, it's important that safety regulators also have the best tools possible for evaluating how well these products work. The new test dummy breaks new ground for the Department's crash test program and is a significant step forward for evaluating child seat performance," he said.

As highlighted by the NHTSA, the 10-year-old child test dummy was developed in concert with new safety seat requirements for older children. Under the amended federal child safety seat standard, the regulator recommends children weighing up to 80 pounds be restrained in a booster seat.

"Our new dummy is an excellent addition to NHTSA's extensive child seat compliance testing program and will enable the agency to gather the best data yet on the performance of higher-weight child seats," NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in a statement.

Manufacturers will have two years to certify their car seats and boosters to meet the new requirements.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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