The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a new crash test dummy that will be used to analyze the growing number of child safety seats and boosters made for children weight more than 65 pounds. Meet the new 10-year old child dummy, who is the latest addition to NHTSA’s family of test dummies.
“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.”
The NHTSA also announced that it is amending the current federal child safety seat standard to include car seats and boosters for children weighing more than 65 pounds and up to 80 pounds.
“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,” said David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator.
– By: Omar Rana