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Research for new car seat rules done at Kettering University

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(01/22/14) - For the first time ever, car seats could be required to protect children from side-impact crashes.

The research behind it was done right here in Flint, at Kettering University.

This all started a few years ago when Dorel Juvenile Group started leasing Kettering's Crash Safety Center. Their goal was to simulate a car door that had just been hit from the side, or t-boned.

Kettering helped develop these tests, and now we see the results of all this research.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing new rules that would require child safety seat manufacturers to test for these side-impact crashes.

This test is the first of its kind and it would impact manufacturers across the U.S. The goal is to keep kids safe in all types of accidents.

This is just a proposal at this point. The public will have a chance to comment and it could be months or years before this new rule is final.

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