Are Vehicle Seats Really Safe in An Accident?

Posted on Wednesday, 1 July 2009 , 16:07:28 byEmil

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Are Vehicle Seats Really Safe in An Accident?

Safety is an interesting topic for all car buyers... always -- especially if it involves the children safety inside the vehicles. 'Infants and children are our most precious cargo' stated Ray LaHood - Transportation Secretary. 'We need to constantly improve our track record and help parents to choose a child seat that fits in their vehicle. A child safety seat cannot do its job if it's not used at all. Parents and caregivers need to make sure their children are buckled up properly and child seats are installed correctly'.

Rae Tyson, NHTSA spokesman says 'Any time a major publication or TV outlet does a story like (the Tribune's story), my fear is that it will suggest to parents that they would be better off not using a seat -- and that would be the most tragic thing of all. The seats do offer a high degree of protection, so it would be terrible if people got the wrong impression. We didn't try to hide the information. It was included in the report we issued after those tests were conducted. However, it's true that the information was not as easy to find as it should have been. So, we've fixed that. It's now in a section that is much easier to locate'.

'That suggestion may have some merit' said Tyson said. 'That's one of the things we're evaluating. But that's one of those 'good news, bad news' situations. In some instances, if you evaluate the tests, the back of the front seat can actually provide some additional protection, like on a school bus. But, in other situations, it can contribute to more injuries. We still need to finish evaluating those results. It's true that NHTSA's tests are more about the cars than the car seats. We decided a few years ago to test the child seats while we were also testing the vehicles, to see if there is some way to rate the safety seats the way we rate cars. But one thing we realized early on is that the test results can often say more about the vehicles than it tells us about the seats'.

'We evaluated the results of this particular NHTSA test' Kyle Bazemore said, Infiniti spokesperson. 'And our analysis is that the child dummy performance is related to the child-restraint system itself, not the rear seatback. We remain confident in the overall passenger safety of the Infiniti EX. 'Finding the appropriate child restraint system that fits best in your vehicle, and ensuring that it's installed properly, remains an important part of protecting children. 'Our engineers have evaluated hundreds of child restraints to determine those that best fit Infiniti vehicles, and in 2002, we became the first luxury automaker to help owners confidently select a child restraint that best fits their vehicle through the Snug Kids™ Child Safety Seat Fit Guide'.

'We do a lot of testing, for the purposes of research, and we haven't yet drawn conclusions about what a lot of the data means' said Tyson. 'This is research, and often, the data you get from research is not something that you can easily make sense out of in the short term. Sometimes, research results raise more questions than they answer. There appears to be something going on there, having to do with the way that forces are distributed to the back seat, but no firm conclusions on that have been reached yet. In those cases, it's helpful to see if those situations are repeatable when we look at real-world data. But we haven't seen any data yet to suggest that these results are repeated out on the roads'.