The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added a new member to its family this year – a 10 year old.
The new crash test dummy helps to illuminate the safety issues faced by an under-studied group of motor vehicle passengers. There has been extensive research focused on keeping adults safe in car crashes. There also has been careful research done on how to keep infants, toddlers and other children safe.
The dummy tests restraint devices to see how a higher weight child manages crash energy. The 77-pound crash test dummy was developed in conjunction with updated safety seat requirements that were changed to stay up to date with the latest child restraint technology. The latest rule from the NHTSA expands child safety seat standards so that even children weighing between 65 and 80 pounds need to be in car seats or boosters.
Safety groups recommend keeping children in safety seats or booster seats for as long as possible. This can mean that children as old as 12 will need to be in a booster if they are not tall enough to ride in the seat like an adult.
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