The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has responded favorably to an AAP petition requesting that child restraint manufacturers be required to make tether straps for existing child car seats immediately available to consumers as a way to increase the safety of young automobile passengers.

The AAP petition also requests that car manufacturers provide tether anchors at all rear seating positions.

By granting the AAP petition, NHTSA has agreed to consider the AAP requests in a rulemaking process. In this case, the proposal will be reviewed as part of the proposed rule to simplify and standardize the installation of child safety seats.

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