On November 1, 2000, Congress enacted the Transportation Recall
Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act, Public
Law 106-414, which contains provisions on improving the performance
of child restraints. Under Section 14(i), "Improving the Safety
of Child Restraints Booster Seat Education Program,"
the TREAD Act mandates that the "Secretary of Transportation
within 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act develop
[a] 5 year strategic plan to reduce deaths and injuries caused by
failure to use the appropriate booster seat
in the 4 to 8 year old age group by 25 percent." The National
Safety Administration (NHTSA), as the designated agency of the U.S.
of Transportation, has developed a plan in response to this requirement.