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Proposed law requires car safety seats to protect against side-impact crashes

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A big change could be coming to car seat safety standards. Currently car seats are only required to protect kids in crashes from the front or the rear.....but what if they are struck from the side?
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A big change could be coming to car seat safety standards. Currently car seats are only required to protect kids in crashes from the front or the rear.....but what if they are struck from the side?

If the law passes, it will be the first time child safety seat tests would be required to protect kids weighing 40 pounds from side impacts something that could save more children's lives.

Getting into a car crash-with your little ones strapped in a child seat its a fear no parent wants to face, but new safety guidelines could help protect your child if you are ever struck from the side.

“Yeah it would be better but at the same time there is no guarantee if you put them in properly and everything there is no guarantee there going to be protected,” said Crystal Peterson, mother.

Like any mother Peterson-cares about her 3 kids safety. Which is why she is interested to hear the Obama administration proposed a new law that would require child restraints protect kids in side impact crashes. It’s called the sled test and it involves an actual vehicle that t-bones another.

Currently federal guidelines only require safety standards be met to protect kids in crashes from the front or the rear.

“If we haven't read the owners manual of the car and we haven't read the owners manual for the car seat and put the information together of the two-you really loose the advantage of all those test because if you haven't installed it properly it may not work the way its supposed to,” says Sgt. Randall Akers with Utah Highway Patrol.

So in the meantime - parents like Peterson are anxious to see if the new safety protocols will go into effect.

The Obama administration believes these new guidelines will save the lives of at least five children every year and protect dozens more from being injured.
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