Consumer Reports' latest tests of infant seats include
several with a new safety feature that's common in
Europe, but is only now making its way to the United
News 8's Martha Koloski explains.
In the forty years that Consumer Reports has been
testing car seats, a lot has changed from the seat
and harness styles, to way they are secured in cars.
All the changes have dramatically improved child passenger
The most recent improvement is called the load leg.
The load leg is a support that extends from the base
of the infant seat to the vehicle floor, making the
seat more stable and safer for the baby.
Consumer Reports recently updated
its ratings of rear-facing
infant seats, which typically offer the best fit for
children under one year old.
The four tested seats with load legs received Consumer
Reports' highest crash performance rating in a simulated