|NTSB ACTING CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT
NTSB ACTING CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT AT FAA CHILD SAFETY
Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594
August 25, 2005
NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker today expressed disappointment at the
FAA's refusal to require effective action to ensure that infants and toddlers
under age 2 are safely restrained on airliners.
The FAA has announced that it will not require the use of approved child
restraints but will allow their use on a strictly voluntary basis.
"While the FAA's new position may provide more options for the voluntary use
of safety seats, we continue to believe that infants and young children deserve
the same protection that is provided to other aircraft passengers," said
Rosenker. "During takeoff, landing, and turbulence, adults are required to be
buckled up, baggage and coffee pots are stowed, computers are turned off and put
away, yet infants and toddlers need not be restrained. This is an unnecessary
risk to our children."
The NTSB recommended in 1995 that infants and small children be restrained on
airliners in a manner appropriate to their size. The recommendation has been on
the Board's list of "Most Wanted" safety improvements since 1999.
Rosenker noted that the American Academy of Pediatrics has made a similar
Information on this and other "Most wanted" items may be found on the Board's
web site at www.ntsb.gov.