Rebecca - posted on 11/09/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )
This is an extension on the extended rear facing post. I'm wondering how many parents are aware that there are no current car seat safety comparisons in the United States. Yep -- that's right. There is currently no publically available database that allows you to compare carseat safety. There are guidelines that manufacturers test against, but there is no actual requirement that the manufacturer realize that data. Strange? I think so. If you go to the National Highway Transportation website, they will rank car seats by "Ease of Use", but there is nothing to compare the crash test results for various car seats. SOME manufacturers release this data on their websites, but there is no easy or convenient way to compare ratings. Consumer Reports ranks car seats, but frankly, I question the reliability of their data since they aren't exactly experts in crash safety.
Personally, I would like to see some nationwide database for car seat safety. I would also like an actual ranking system. If I can find out if my car has a 5 star crash test ranking, why can't I find out the same information for a seat that is carrying my most precious cargo? Interested on everyone's feedback.