Many Vehicles Make Installing Child Safety Seats Difficult

Keeping kids safe in the car means having them seated in a properly sized and properly-installed child safety seat. Lower anchors and tethers for children, commonly known as LATCH connectors, are supposed to ease the process by standardizing the anchors that car seats attach to. However, a new study suggests that LATCH connectors in many vehicles are more difficult to use than they should be. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that only 21 out of 98 of the ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Updates Child Seat Standards to Accommodate Older, Heavier Kids

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a new 10-year-old child test dummy to better evaluate child safety seats for older children. NHTSA’s updated child seat regulations include requirements for kids who weigh more than 65 pounds, and stress that children remain in booster seats until the seat belt fits them properly. Currently, NHTSA has dummies that represent kids who are 6-years-old and younger. The new dummy fills in the gap for older, heavier children. "The ... continue reading»

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Size Matters: Small Family Cars

Parenthood doesn’t doom you to driving a minivan: Plenty of small cars have enough space for five and their stuff. No, a small car won’t have an optional rear-seat entertainment system like the Honda Odyssey and GMC Terrain, but with something like the Honda Fit or Hyundai Elantra, there’s plenty of space for the kids, their toys and groceries with room to spare. In Size Matters: Small Family Cars, we show that small cars can handle family ... continue reading»

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Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash test scores highlight the safest cars on the market, but these tests only use adult-size crash dummies in simulations, leaving a gap in crash test data for your smallest passengers. In Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know, we talk with NHTSA and IIHS representatives to help you understand how current safety features like side airbags and the proper use of car seats and ... continue reading»

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Test Drive: The Mini Cooper Countryman Gets Family Duty

When I tested the Mini Cooper Countryman S with All4, I wanted to see if it could handle family car duties. The back seat is very roomy. In fact, it’s so spacious that you forget you’re in a Mini. The center rail’s neat, but I realized it isn’t ideal for families. You can put snacks in the dishwasher-safe cup holders, but the rail will be hard to clean. It’s a haven for crumbs. But when ... continue reading»

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