These child car seat test results and real-world conditions discussed by Consumer Reports are really pathetic. Do the managers at these car seat companies not have children? Do they not have adequate product testing programs? Does the NHTSA have a clue? What gives? This is unacceptable.
I can also say that I have installed our car seat base in a couple different vehicles using the LATCH system, and it was a pain in the ass to get the strap good and tight, even when pushing down hard on the base while pulling the strap. I may not be Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I’m no sissy-boy either, so the strap was pretty tight in each case. Any tighter and it would probably have begun to damage the plastic that comprises the base. But even with the strap as tight as I could possibly get it, I did not get a “warm fuzzy” that the base was adequately anchored in either case. Plus, it seemed that if either vehicle was rear-ended that the car seat would flip up and slam the infant seat into the back of the car seat. There really should be three anchor points, not just two.
I don’t understand why stuff like this is so hard. And I want to know…do the executives at these companies use their own products for their kids? Do they recommend them to their family’s kids?