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Consumer Reports has named two men to head up a review of its controversial child safety seat tests. About a month ago, Consumer Reports withdrew its headline-making analysis of child car safety seats. The tests at first seemed to indicate most seats were not adequate to protect children in side impacts. After criticism that the tests were faulty, the nonprofit group retracted the results.

Brian O'Neill and Dr. Kennerly H. Digges will review the test results to see what, if anything, was done improperly. O'Neill is a former president of the IIHS, while Digges was once the director of Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics at the NHTSA National Crash Analysis Center of George Washington University.

Consumers Union president Jim Guest said on CR's Web site, "Dr. Digges and Mr. O'Neill are among the nation's most respected experts on car safety issues. We are confident that they will conduct a thorough review of this incident and determine what went wrong."

There's no mention of any plans for retesting the seats, but one would assume if the initial tests were found to be more stressing than intended, the group would re-run the evaluations.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes #1,
      testing at 70 mph doesn't detract the fact that the 2 seats that passed the test beat out all others.

      Now we know something we weren't suppose to know.
      But those 2 seat manufacturers should flaunt this super safety claim in their advertisements.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the third major error in the same number of years. A 35-year subscriber, I have lost confidence in Consumer Reports.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, CR would probably threaten legal action if they tried to mention their ratings in their ads.

      See http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/aboutus/adviolation/ for more info.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, only 2 seats passed the more stringent tests. Am I correct in saying that those 2 seats should be coveted by parents looking for all the safety they can get for a child?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are these dudes tiny, child-size people? Is that why they were chosen? 'Cos Gary Coleman is out there man, and he can't get a break.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We all need the Anecia Spherical Safety Seat.
      • 8 Years Ago

      More "Consumer Reports" errors:

      In 2006, "Consumer Reports" said six hybrid vehicles would probably not save owners money. The magazine later discovered that they had miscalculated depreciation, and released an update saying that four of the seven vehicles would save the buyer money, if the vehicle was kept for five years (including the federal tax credit for hybrid vehicles, which expires after each manufacturer sells 60,000 hybrid vehicles).

      In February 1998, "Consumer Reports" tested pet food and claimed that Iams dog food was nutritionally deficient. They later retracted the report claiming that there had been "a systemic error in the measurements of various minerals we tested – potassium, calcium and magnesium." They stated they would conduct the study again and publish the results but have yet to do so.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Why would any body trust an unreliable source. All of us have brains and we should be able to make sound decisions without the incompetencies of who claim to be experts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am sure that the reason the seat was given a perfect rating initially was that it was incorrectly identified as a Toyota brand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gardiner Westbound,

      What are the other 2 major errors you are speaking of?