Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children younger than 13.
April 8, 2014
Real-world study confirms LATCH findings
A new IIHS study confirms that better designs for LATCH anchor setups in vehicles could make parents more likely to use LATCH and use it correctly.
March 13, 2014
Research shows benefit of rear cameras
Rear cameras show promise in preventing backover crashes and are more effective than parking sensors in helping drivers avoid objects behind them, new IIHS research demonstrates.
February 20, 2014
Child restraint tether use
Parents are more likely to use the top tether when installing a child restraint if the attachment anchor in the vehicle is easy to find, new research from IIHS and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute indicates.
November 7, 2013
More booster seats grab top ratings
Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.
April 25, 2013
Top tethers often overlooked by parents
A strap meant to prevent a child restraint from tipping forward in a crash is ignored by lots of parents. A new IIHS study finds top tethers are used just over half of the time.
October 25, 2012
Booster seat ratings
Fifteen of 17 booster seats introduced in 2012 earn the top rating of BEST BET from IIHS, showing that manufacturers are designing seats to provide good belt fit for children. BEST BET boosters outnumber seats in any of the three other categories.
September 20, 2012
LATCH, belt reminders on tap for rulemakings
The recently passed transportation funding law known as MAP-21 includes a number of important safety-related provisions.
April 12, 2012
Parents struggle with some LATCH designs
When a group of parents attempted to install child seats in a demonstration, they confronted some of the same problems researchers identified.
How automakers can improve LATCH
The LATCH system is supposed to make it easier to install child seats by standardizing attachment hardware, but only 21 of 98 top-selling 2010-11 model passenger vehicles have LATCH designs that are easy to use.
October 13, 2011
Strong child restraint laws cut injuries
Expanding child restraint laws to cover children through ages 7 or 8 reduces crash injuries among booster-age kids, a new IIHS study finds.
Inflatable booster is BEST BET
The BubbleBum, the first inflatable seat tested by the Institute and a BEST BET, provides a solution for traveling and car pools.
2011 booster seat ratings
More boosters are providing good belt fit for children, the latest ratings show. IIHS has awarded a record 31 seats the BEST BET designation this year.
August 18, 2011
Kids should ride rear-facing longer
The American Academy of Pediatrics now says children should ride rear-facing until age 2 or until they reach the height or weight limits of their restraints.
September 8, 2010
New boosters earn top ratings for safety belt fit, but many designs still need to be improved
December 22, 2009
Booster ratings help parents pick seats that are most likely to offer the best safety belt fit for their children
June 11, 2009
Child seats don't fit the same in all vehicles, so automakers are urged to recommend good ones for their models
November 25, 2008
New school buses must have higher seat backs, and small buses have to have shoulder belts in addition to lap belts under a new federal rule
October 22, 2008
Child safety seat use in crashes has increased during the past decade
October 1, 2008
Institute booster ratings
September 9, 2008
Pregnant women should buckle up to help protect their fetuses
July 1, 2008
Backover crashes often happen when SUV drivers don't see toddlers behind their vehicles
Power windows can seriously injure or kill young children whose heads, arms, or other body parts get trapped, a Q&A reveals
May 12, 2007
Closer look at the crash toll
September 28, 2005
NHTSA won't rate child restraints based on dynamic performances
September 25, 2003
State legislative update: highway safety laws in some states are beefed up, but Pennsylvania's helmet law is weakened
June 11, 2003
Top tethers on child restraints were used only about half of the time before LATCH rules and aren't in use more often now
When restrained infants and children die in crashes, it usually isn't because their restraints failed
LATCH rules are helping, but not solving, child restraint installation problems
February 8, 2003
Booster seats are the subject of a new federal law that tells NHTSA to define boosters and set standards
June 8, 2002
HyperG sled acquisition launches new Institute testing programs
March 16, 2002
Some state licensing and DUI/DWI laws have been strengthened, but no safety belt laws have been changed to primary
February 17, 2001
First child restraint attachments offered under new federal requirements don't necessarily secure seats snugly
December 20, 2000
Ratings based on likelihood laws will enhance traffic safety by influencing driver behavior
April 15, 2000
Nonuse of child restraints still is the biggest threat to safety
Durability of child restraints is proven in crash tests conducted at both high and low speeds
October 2, 1999
Lots of children still ride unrestrained, and too many of them are in front seats
January 16, 1999
Black and Hispanic children and teens are at high risk of dying in crashes
New attachments for child seats
Child safety seats will be easier to install under NHTSA's new regulation calling for uniform attachments
April 4, 1998
Airbag switches sought by people who transport kids in front
November 29, 1997
With on/off switches, some belts may have to be replaced
Child seats soon may be simpler to place in the back due to fixed attachment points
December 7, 1996
Most parents know kids are safest in back, survey finds
June 1, 1996
Child, teen deaths are caused by vehicles more than anything else
Kids and air bags are the subject of a new Institute publication
Proper child restraint use increases in North Carolina after pilot program focuses on this issue
February 3, 1996
Many parents know of danger to infants from passenger airbags
Hazards to children from airbags are of special concern
December 2, 1995
Airbag injuries to children: warnings come from two federal agencies
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