Transportation Secretary Announces New Five Star Rating System for Child Car Seats

Earlier this year, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced that a new five star government rating system will grade child safety seats according to various criteria in order to help guide parents and caregivers in choosing the right car seat to keep their children safe. Star ratings for 78 child safety seats currently on the market were released at the same time. Each seat was awarded an overall star rating, as well as individual star ratings in four categories: securing the child, vehicle installation features, labeling, and instructions. Five stars represent the highest rating and one star signifies the lowest rating.

To view a short video explaining the ratings, go here.

To view a short FAQ about the new ratings, go here.

To view overall ratings for a comprehensive list of child car seats currently on the market, go here.