Can you test car seats?
You will need to bring your baby’s car seat to the hospital several days before going home. The test will be done at the bedside, usually after a feeding and diaper change. Your infant’s nurse will place him or her on a monitor and secure him in the car seat.
Are all car seats safety tested?
Since there currently is no federal standard for car seats in side-impact collisions, Consumers Union did not perform any additional tests.
Can you tell if a car seat has been in an accident?
Car seats that have been involved in a crash may not appear damaged. No one can visually inspect a car seat for you or certify that it’s safe to use if the history is unknown or it has been in a crash.
What tests do car seats go through?
The frontal crash test is done at 40mph and the side impact test at 31mph. The ADAC also test car seats for ease of use and child comfort, and this can lower the overall result even if the seat got a high safety score.
Why do hospitals do car seat tests?
The car seat challenge test is used to identify infants who are at high risk for respiratory or airway problems when in their car seats. This test is used to make sure your baby is ready to leave the hospital and can safely travel home without any medical issues.
How are car seats tested for safety?
Crash testing – also referred to as dynamic testing – involves properly securing a crash test dummy into a car seat that is properly installed on the crash test bench. The test bench is then accelerated and decelerated at a specific speed to simulate a frontal collision at 30 mph (48 km/hr).
Which car seat is the safest?
The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.
What do you do with old car seats?
What to Do with Old Car Seats? Car Seat Recycling and Donation in all 50 US States
- Give the used car seat to friends or family.
- Donate the car seat.
- Recycle the car seat.
- Throw the car seat in the trash.
Can you use a car seat after a crash?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which enforces vehicle safety standards to reduce injuries and deaths from motor vehicle accidents, recommends replacing a child’s car seat after a moderate or severe crash. There’s no need to replace a child’s car seat after a minor crash, according to NHTSA.
Can you use a second hand car seat?
ONLY if you: 1) know the full history of the seat and can be 100% certain it has never been in a crash; 2) can ascertain through the labels that it has not been recalled and 3) know it is not beyond the expiration date, then it is safe to use a secondhand seat.