One in three child crash fatalities are caused by side-impact collisions, yet car seat manufacturers have never been required to simulate a "T-bone" scenario — until now.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph.
The new standards are expected to prevent about five deaths and 65 injuries each year, a "very, very conservative estimate," according to the safety administration.
Columbus-based Dorel Juvenile Group, the world's largest car seat manufacturer, is already a few steps ahead.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Republic.