- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a new Car Seat Finder tool to help parents and caregivers select the right safety seat.
- By entering the child's date of birth, height and weight, users will find a list of approved seats, along with ease-of-use ratings and other pertinent information.
- NHTSA has also initiated a campaign to remind parents to register car seats on the Parent Central site so manufacturers can notify them in case of a recall.
By entering the child's date of birth, height and weight, users will find a list of approved seats, along with ease-of-use ratings and other pertinent information. The tool also provides the ability to narrow down the list and make comparisons between selected seats.
As previously reported by Edmunds, a recent study found that nine out of 10 parents move their children from booster seats to seatbelts too soon, and just 26.9 percent of parents installed a child car seat correctly. Accurate selection and use of the best seat or restraint for the child's age is a critical issue.
In addition to introducing Car Seat Finder, NHTSA has also initiated the "Don't Delay. Register Your Car Seat Today" campaign to remind parents to register car seats so manufacturers can notify them in case of a recall.
The NHTSA Parent Central site allows users to select their manufacturer or brand of car seat and directly links them to the manufacturer's registration page.
"Safety is our highest priority, and our new tool and registration campaign are two more ways we're working to protect our most vulnerable passengers — our children," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. "Parents and caregivers are the first line of defense by ensuring they are selecting the right car seat, registering it, and using it correctly for every trip."
Edmunds says: This is a useful tool for parents and caregivers looking for the best seat to ensure child safety.