New Safety Ratings for Child Car Seats | Flinders news
The body responsible for testing the safety of child car seat brands has released its latest ratings, with none receiving four out of five stars.
The four sets of results are the first according to a new scoring method introduced in 2021.
Independent crash testers are now performing a side impact test taking into account an intrusive door and using more advanced crash test dummies and a new test stand featuring current popular cars.
The seats are marked for protection and ease of use.
While the four new seats all met the Australian safety standard, the highest was rated 3.9 stars for protection.
Only one received more than 3.5 stars in the ease of use category.
NSW Highways Minister Paul Toole said the installation was a key part of protecting child car seats.
“If a seat is not used correctly, the risk of serious injury in an accident is seven times greater than if the seat was installed correctly,” he said.
The Safe-N-Sound Compaq and Nuna Rava both scored the highest with 3.9 out of five stars for protection.
Mother’s Choice Tribe AP, which caters to children ages four to seven, was awarded 3.8 stars.
The Infa Secure Emerge Go, a forward-facing infant and child seat, received the lowest protection rating with 3.2 stars.
Mr. Toole encouraged parents to do research before purchasing car seats.
“Children are our most vulnerable road users and when it comes to road safety they are completely dependent on their parents and guardians for their safety,” he said in a statement.
Ratings under the 2021 methodology cannot be compared to previous ratings, as they use different testing protocols.
The ratings are published by Child Car Seats, a partnership between state governments and other organizations.
Associated Australian Press