New Regs Sought for Child Car Seats

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The government wants to upgrade the standards for child safety seats.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will propose on Wednesday that child car seats for the first time would have to protect children from death and injury in side impact crashes.

Under the proposal, new crash tests would simulate a "T-bone" crash, where the front of a vehicle traveling 30 mph strikes the side of a small passenger vehicle traveling at 15 mph.

Officials say research shows that most child deaths and injuries in side-impact crashes involve a car carrying children that is stopped at an intersection, usually at a light or stop sign.

The agency says the new standards could prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.

The new regulations wouldn't be made final until the agency reviews public comments and answers any important issues raised. That typically takes months and sometimes years.