On January 31, JPMA and four CRS member manufacturers participated in a discussion with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) staff about new information on the proper installation and use of children’s car seats.
The new research presented was commissioned by Dorel thru the independent third party research firm of JPResearch and concludes that children 12-24 months are not safer riding rear facing. These findings contradict a 2007 study that lead to current AAP recommendations to keep children rear facing up to at least 2 years of age.
The members communicated to NHTSA staff that they were there “to do what is best for children” and were not taking a position on the findings of the new study. Instead, pointed out that the new research raises questions about what is best and safest when transporting this age group. Thru JPMA, CRS members requested NHTSA to take a more active role and position in providing recommendations on rear and forward facing position for children ages 12-24 months. The CRS members believe that the industry and consumers will benefit from universal messaging which does not exist today.
JPMA will be filling a formal request with NHTSA’s Acting Administrator to conduct research and provide recommendations to the industry.