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Consumer Reports Car Seat Findings Withdrawn!

consumer reports magazine backed off thursday from its recent negative report on infant car seats, saying test crashes were conducted at speeds higher than it had claimed.

The magazine reported jan. 4 that most of the seats it tested "failed disastrously" in crashes at speeds as low as 35 mph. In one test, it said, a dummy child was hurled 30 feet.

In a statement issued thursday, consumer reports said it had received information from the national highway traffic safety administration "concerning the speed at which our side-impact tests were conducted" — supposedly, 38 mph. Consumer reports spokesman ken weine said new information from the federal agency showed that the speeds were higher.

The national highway traffic safety administration said the crash tests were conducted under conditions that would represent being struck at more than 70 mph — twice as fast as the magazine claimed.

"consumer reports was right to withdraw its infant car seat test report and I appreciate that they have taken this corrective action," said nhtsa administrator nicole nason. "i was troubled by the report because it frightened parents and could have discouraged them from using car seats."
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replied January 18th, 2007
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Wow.

We have the .Evenflo .Discovery which made their "unsafe" list, so this makes me feel a bit better.

Why would they lie about their testing speeds? Neutral
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replied January 18th, 2007
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Wait wasnt there only one that "passed"?

Ya think maybe they were trying to scare you into buying that certain one?

People are stupid

~alicia~
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replied January 18th, 2007
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2 passed, I believe. And like 10+ failed.
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replied January 18th, 2007
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That's great to read!! Wheeeew...Cuz I don't know if mines was on the stupid list!!

Sarah
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replied January 18th, 2007
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I know the snugride was one of the two that passed and thats the one that .Caty uses.
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replied January 18th, 2007
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Safety first failed, and thats what reese has
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replied January 18th, 2007
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I do have one that I used for my first for this child but I am still going to buy one of the safe lists! We use the freeway all the time and do go that speed limit.
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