COLCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)-- Is your new child car seat as safe as it can be? The seat may be the latest design but is the latch in your car's back seat strong enough?
If you think you know everything about your child's car seat, there is now something else to consider.
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But they are now pushing something that is far less high tech.
The latches have been required on all vehicles for more than a decade, latches so you can secure a child seat.
Consumer reports says they may no longer be strong enough.
Here's why the strength of those latches is so important; the car seat feels like it weighs less than ten pounds. There is one that weighs about forty pounds.
So the combined weight of the forty pound car seat and your child, places much more stress on those latches.
"The latches were designed for child seats back when they were much lighter than they are now. So they were designed with a combined weight of 65 pounds, child and child seat in mind," said Michelle Tsai, Automotive Safety Engineer.
So if you lose control or get into an accident, the latches may not hold if the combined weight is over 65 pounds.
Senator Dick Blumethal toured there Monday and says new rules requiring automakers to label the capacity of the latches won't go far enough.
"Now they're standard equipment but they simply need to be strengthened and that will make the seats far more effective saving children from injury or death," said Blumenthal.
Blumenthal is also pushing a proposal to forbid rental car companies from selling cars that have unrepairable factory recall problems.
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