The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a new rule that updates testing requirements for child safety seats to better protect children during side-impact crashes.

The current standard requires child seats to meet performance criteria in a test simulating a 30-mph frontal impact.

The new rule establishes a side impact test that replicates a 30-mph side collision, commonly known as a T-bone crash.

“Side-impact collisions cause serious injuries and deaths in young children each year,” said Dr Steven Cliff, NHTSA Administrator.

“By establishing more comprehensive testing requirements, we are advancing child passenger safety and assuring parents that the safety seat they choose for their child must meet the highest safety standards.”