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Five Star Car seat Ratings

Baby Wellness: New Five Star Safety Rating For Car Seats

Shopping for your unborn child's car seat is a mind boggling task. The experts at one store say one thing and then their competitor says another. While one friend swears by hers, then you hear a conflicting report. The headache begins.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) heard our mama cries and answered the call. Like hotels and movies, you can now see where the car seats fall on a five star ranking. To learn more about the ratings system,


According to NHTSA,

All car seats rated by NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards & strict crash performance standards. While all rated seats are safe, they do differ in their ease of use in four basic categories:
  1. Evaluation of Instructions
  2. Vehicle Installation Features
  3. Evaluation of Labels
  4. Securing the Child

Visit NHTSA to see how your chosen seat stacks up against the rest.

Join The Conversation
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
Thanks for this, we were recently in a car accident and our car seat withstood the impact but now we need to find a different one and they don't make the one we have anymore. It has been so hard deciding which one to get.
asco00 asco00 9 years
I think this is a little misleading, this is simply how easy it is to use not how safe it is. Everyone should take their carseat to a police or fire department and have a certified carseat expert show they how to install their carseat.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Thanks so much for posting this! I've been doing research on car seats and other baby items and this will definitely help. :)
faithbreeze faithbreeze 9 years
This is so helpful- shopping for a car seat can be a little scary you want to pick the bes, you want a good price, you don't want to jeopordize your little ones safety.
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