Federal rules requiring carmakers to provide universal anchorage systems for child safety seats began taking effect Wednesday, Sept. 1. The rules require in the first year that 80 percent of new cars have attachments for tethers to the tops of child seats. Dr. Ricardo Martinez, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, demonstrates the anchor system in a 2000 Ford Focus. Beginning Sept. 1, 2000, all cars and light trucks are to have the tether hooks, and carmakers are to begin phasing in standardized attachments for the bottoms of the child seats. The phase-in is to be completed by
Sept. 1, 2002. NHTSA estimates that the anchorages will add an average of $6.62 to the price of a vehicle.