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New Child Car Seat Guidelines Proposed

New guidelines would protect children in side-impact crashes as well as front and rear crashes
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's easy for a parent to assume their child will be safe when they put him in a car seat; that's what the car seat is for.

Despite government guidelines and safety standards, that might not always be the case.

This promotional video highlights one of the major concerns -- a crash from the front isn't the same as a crash from the side.

While many car seats have safety features meant to protect kids in side-impact crashes, there aren't any federal guidelines requiring them.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday that products like these can be effective, but officials want to establish protocols to make sure they are.

While car seat companies such as safety first tout their own testing, the government agency that oversees them wants formal performance standards and wants to implement a sled-test involving an actual vehicle that t-bones another.

The Obama Administration believes these standards would help save the lives of five children, every year, and keep dozens more from being injured.
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