Report on Infant Car Seats: Pulled Out by Consumer Reports

By: Correy Putton

Just how common are reports on car and vehicle safety withdrawn and pulled out? Just how common does such happen? We do know that for auto products like perhaps the Ford Explorer or , companies could recall and withdraw products if they find something wrong with them. But for reports, it does seem quite strange for a group or a company to recall them.

Well, it might not be that common but it does happen. One very fair and very concrete example of this one would be the report done by Consumer Reports on infant car seats. You see, the group has already sent out the report on the mentioned topic however it did just most recently withdraw it for certain reasons. The withdrawal of the report was done through a press release and public announcement that it sent out to the public. The group says, "Consumer Reports is withdrawing its recent report on infant car seats pending further tests of the performance of those seats in side impact collisions."

However, for those consumers and customers who really would want to get hold of reports on infant and baby car seats, they need not despair though for Consumer Reports also did say that they would be sending out a new report when they have the needed updated information. "A new report will be published with any necessary revisions as soon as possible after the new tests are complete," explains Consumer Reports through the press release that they have sent out.

Consumer Reports also did say, "We withdrew the report immediately upon discovering a substantive issue that may have affected the original test results. The issue came to light based on new information received Tuesday night and Wednesday morning from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concerning the speed at which our side-impact tests were conducted."

Furthermore, the group said that the original report that they did was primarily set out on tackling the discovery of how infant seats did their job during tests that they did. Most of the tests were done in accordance the speeds set out by the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) of the government. Consumer Reports also did try to simulate crashes on the side that vehicles with infant car seats could encounter.

At the end of the public announcement, Consumer Reports did mention for the public, "We appreciate that manufacturers and particularly NHTSA are engaging directly with us on this article, and we applaud NHTSA for giving serious consideration to the development of side-impact child seat tests. Consumer Reports has long advocated adoption of such tests, since government data show that side crashes account for a significant number of child fatalities."

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