NHTSA side impact requirement


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Do you know when the new side impact requirements for children under 40lbs comes into effect? Three years ago there was a discussion about new requirements for manufacturers and that they would have three years to comply.

Also, does this mean that boosters will no longer have 30-33lb minimum weights?


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Hi! I don't know the answer to that, and wasn't able to readily find the answer for you. So I sent a message to one of our mods/carseatblog writers who did the initial writeup on this.


Will get back to you with her response! My guess is this proposal didn't pass, since there was no other news on it that I could find. But, hopefully she'll have the definitive answer.


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Thank you for doing all of that! I wonder if the smaller dummy is the issue since it looks like the 3 year old sized one works. Seems to me that the forward facing bigger kids have worse outcomes in side impacts so it would be most helpful for those kids.

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