NHTSA Issues Final Rule on the 10-Year-Old Crash Test Dummy

February 29, 2012 - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Final Rule on the Hybrid III 10-year-old crash test dummy (February 21, 2012). The new rule amends the current child seat standard to include child seats and boosters for children weighing between 65 and 80 pounds. The 10-year-old will help evaluate higher weight restraint systems for the first time in compliance tests.
NHTSA issued more stringent child safety seat recommendations last year to encourage parents and caregivers to keep children in harnessed car seats and boosters until they fit into standard seat belts properly. Typically a child outgrows safety seats and boosters somewhere between the ages of 8-12 years old and about 4 feet 9 inches tall. In development since 1997, the 10-year-old dummy is the next step in assessing child seat performance and it is the agency’s best tool available for measuring the risk of injury to a higher weight child in the event of a crash. The latest addition to the Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) family will provide new information on the risk of injury to a child using head and knee excursions and chest accelerations. Manufacturers will have two years to certify their higher-weight car seats and boosters to meet the new requirements.
For more information on the Humanetics Hybrid III 10-year-old crash test dummy: http://www.humaneticsatd.com/crash-test-dummies/children/hybrid-iii-10-year-old
Michael Jarouche
Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.
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