Consumer Reports: Um, About Those Car Seats…

It looks like Consumer Reports messed up the side-impact crash tests they conducted on several brands of children’s carseats. From CNN:

    Consumer Reports received information from NHTSA raising questions about the test.

    “Our initial review of the Consumer Reports testing procedures showed a significant error in the manner in which it conducted and reported on its side-impact tests,” said NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason in a statement posted on the agency’s Web site.

    “The organization’s data show its side-impact tests were actually conducted under conditions that would represent being struck in excess of 70 mph, twice as fast as the group claimed,” said Nason.

Consumer Reports has recalled the report and is redoing the tests. They ask that you reserve judgment on individual brands until the new tests are complete. They still, however, stand by their opinion that the Evenflo Discovery should be recalled, “because it didn’t meet federal frontal crash test standards,” as well as the Eddie Bauer Comfort “because it couldn’t be installed properly.” —MEGHANN MARCO

Consumer Reports recalls car seat study [CNN]

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