Here’s some scary news for parents of young children: Your little one’s car seat probably isn’t as safe as you think.
I just learned that Consumer Reports performed new safety tests on 12 infant car seat models, and “most failed disastrously.” Yikes! Apparently, crash tests for cars are more rigorous than those for seats. Even infant car seats.
- Only two models did well: the Baby Trend Flex-Loc and the Graco SnugRide with EPS.
- Some models passed the tests when installed using the vehicle safety belts, but not with LATCH (the federally mandated attachment system for child car seats): Chicco KeyFit, Compass I410, Evenflo Embrace, or Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP. Consumer Reports advises: “If you can’t get a tight fit with the safety belt, buy one of the two seats we recommend.”
- Three models failed all of Consumer Reports‘ “tough” tests: the Evenflo Discovery, the Graco SafeSeat, and the Britax Companion.
Read the full article here. Or skip right to the ratings chart. I plan to go home tonight and make sure my daughter’s seat is, indeed, the Graco SnugRide. (I think it is.) If not, we’re going shopping this weekend!
Get more tips and links to help you understand child car seat safety (updated in 2015).