This week, the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations opened an investigation into the state of injury-causing injuries caused by booster seats in the United States.

Based on the following press release sent on the 13th of this month:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations announced that its investigation of the state of injury-causing injuries caused by booster seats in the United States will expand. In announcing the expansion of the investigation, Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that, “There is still very little data and little public transparency in this field.”

Since chairing the Subcommittee’s Oversight of Aviation Subcommittee in 2007, the Subcommittee has worked to increase awareness about the dangers of airline seat belts and seat reclines. Subsequently, the Subcommittee will work to raise awareness about the dangers of booster seats and seat belts – even by testing the safety of several common booster seats used in the United States and abroad. At the outset of the investigation, the Subcommittee examined one online booster-seat testing platform and a wide variety of online booster-seat forums.

The Subcommittee’s investigation will expand to include measures aimed at better informing the public about the available safety data and rigorous testing procedures used in booster-seat design. As a result, consumers will have access to data that compares booster seats in the marketplace and accurate comparisons of the safety of individual booster seats. Further details will be provided at a later date.