Surprising news Thursday from Consumer Reports. After testing a dozen infant car seats in high speed accidents, Consumer Reports says that even though all had been approved by federal standards, 9 of the 12 tested poorly at higher speeds. Speeds they say are more true to what people really drive.
"The data showed that adults in vehicles are better protected than infants riding in those same vehicles," says Don Mays with Consumer Reports.
The Evenflo Discovery flew off its base and the Eddie Bauer Comfort Seat couldn't fit properly when tried in 5 different cars. Government crash tests are at 30 miles an hour, but Consumer Reports bumped up the speed to 35. So now, the magazine is calling for a safety recall of the Eddie Bauer Comfort Seat and the Evenflo Discovery. Meanwhile, Evenflo insists its seat held up well in more than 200 other tests and the maker of the Eddie Bauer model says it is already making a new base for its car seats.
Two infant seats did get a good approval rating from Consumer Reports. The Graco Snug Ride with EPS and the Baby Trend Flex-Loc.
The experts are warning that any car seat is still better than none at all. They're just finding that some are certainly more protective than others.