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Govt. Issues First Child Seat Ratings

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(Washington-AP) -- Child safety seats rated by the government have all been given A's and B's in the first scores handed down.

Only two of the 68 that were tested for ease of use got an A in every category tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. No seat got below a B for an overall rating.

Administration spokesman Jeffrey Runge said the new rating helps consumers -- while also helping manufacturers improve their products.

The seats were graded on ease of assembly, clarity of labeling and instructions, ease of securing a child in the seat, and also on whether the seat has features that make it easier to install.

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