Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children younger than 13.
September 1, 2016
LATCH ratings improve after 1st year
Most of the current models evaluated for ease of use of child restraint hardware rate good or acceptable. Three models earn a good+ rating.
November 10, 2015
New BEST BETs make booster shopping easy
When IIHS began its booster seat ratings in 2008, most models failed to consistently provide good belt fit. This year, all new models evaluated provide good or acceptable fit.
June 18, 2015
Rating vehicles for LATCH ease of use
For the first time, IIHS has rated vehicles on how easy it is to install child restraints in them. The results aren't great.
Answers to common LATCH questions
These explanations about LATCH weight limits, center seating positions and other issues can help clear up confusion.
December 23, 2014
Study looks at boosting rear-seat safety
Restraint system changes might make sitting in back even safer, especially for adults.
November 6, 2014
25 new boosters earn highest rating
IIHS evaluated 41 new booster models for 2014, and 25 earn the highest rating of BEST BET.
Many kids move on from boosters too soon
Nine of 10 parents move their children out of a booster seat before they're big enough for safety belts, a Safe Kids survey shows.
May 29, 2014
NHTSA issues rearview camera rule
Nearly all new passenger vehicles are expected to have rearview cameras by May 2018 under a new regulation designed to reduce backover crashes.
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
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.
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.
October 13, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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
Parents have more good booster choices
Most boosters still don't provide consistently good belt fit, but there are a growing number of BEST BET options.
Parents uncertain about need for booster
Confusion persists among parents about the need for boosters and when children can leave them behind.
Top tethers often go unused
All front-facing child restraints have top tethers to keep them from tipping too far forward in crashes, but they are used only 43 percent of the time, an IIHS survey shows.
December 22, 2009
IIHS booster ratings for 2009
IIHS finds nine BEST BETs and six GOOD BETs among 60 models evaluated in its second annual booster ratings.
June 11, 2009
Automakers may recommend child seats
NHTSA is asking automakers to voluntarily recommend child seats that fit well with their vehicles.
November 25, 2008
School buses are the focus of new rule
A new federal rule will require higher seat backs in all new school buses and lap/shoulder belts in all new small school buses.
October 22, 2008
Child seat use goes up
Use of child safety seats has surged in recent years, but there still is room for improvement, a new report says.
October 1, 2008
Institute issues 1st booster ratings
Ten booster seat models are rated best bets for belt fit, while 13 do such a poor job consumers are advised to steer clear of them.
Children move to adult belts too soon
A government survey finds a third of 4-7 year-olds are riding in adult belts without boosters even though they are most likely too small to do so safely.
September 28, 2005
NHTSA declines to sled-test child seats
The agency will continue rating child restraints for ease of use but found there would be little benefit from testing them for crash performance.
September 25, 2003
Highway safety legislation in the states
Two states get stronger belt laws, but Pennsylvania lawmakers weaken their state's motorcycle helmet use law.
June 11, 2003
Even with LATCH, installation is tough
Institute researchers found that LATCH generally made installing child restraints easier, but it didn’t work in every vehicle with every seat.
Can child restraints be improved?
A study of crashes in which restrained children died shows that current child seats work well. Most such crashes are so severe that there is no potential for survival.
February 8, 2003
NHTSA to develop booster seat standards
A bill recently signed into law by President Bush directs NHTSA to develop performance requirements for child restraints and boosters for children over 50 pounds.
September 14, 2002
School buses are safest transportation
Death rates measured per mile and per trip during school hours are lowest on school buses. The death rate per trip is highest in passenger vehicles driven by teenagers.
March 16, 2002
Few states improve highway safety laws
Little progress was made in the states in 2001 when it comes to passing new highway safety laws and strengthening the ones on the books.
February 17, 2001
New child seat attachments need work
Child seats are now coming with connectors that attach directly to anchors in cars. This makes installation simpler, but Institute evaluations show the designs need work.
December 20, 2000
April 15, 2000
Child restraints hold up after crashes
The Institute conducted repeated 30 mph crash tests with child restraints and found that most don't need to be thrown out after a crash.
October 2, 1999
Lots of children still ride unrestrained, and too many of them are in front seats
January 16, 1999
Child safety seats will be easier to install under NHTSA's new regulation calling for uniform attachments
New attachments for child seats
Black and Hispanic children and teens are at high risk of dying in crashes
April 4, 1998
Airbag switches sought by people who transport kids in front
November 29, 1997
Child seats soon may be simpler to place in the back due to fixed attachment points
With on/off switches, some belts may have to be replaced
December 7, 1996
Most parents know kids are safest in back, survey finds
June 1, 1996
Proper child restraint use increases in North Carolina after pilot program focuses on this issue
Kids and air bags are the subject of a new Institute publication
Child, teen deaths are caused by vehicles more than anything else
February 3, 1996
Hazards to children from airbags are of special concern
Many parents know of danger to infants from passenger airbags
December 2, 1995
Airbag injuries to children: warnings come from two federal agencies
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