Car seat crash tests. Take two.

Seven months after an embarrassing gaffe that exposed flawed testing, Consumer Reports has quietly posted revised results from their infant car seat tests today online.

As you might remember, the magazine launched a major media blitz last January, trumpeting a report that showed 10 out of 12 infant car seats failed an enhanced safety test.

Funny story: the test was, how should we say it? Flawed. And now, after re-testing the seats, ALL infant seats have passed. (Somehow, we doubt this is going to lead off the NBC Today Show tomorrow).

Here are some highlights (and our observations) of CR’s report, which will appear in their October issue.

• The Chicco Key Fit got the highest score. We would agree—this is an excellent seat. (Since all the car seats passed the crash test, CR judged seats on ease of use and fit to vehicle).

• The top 3 seats were: Chicco Key Fit followed by the Britax Companion and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio.

• The bottom 3 seats were the Safety 1st Designer, Combi Centre ST and Evenflo Discovery. Again, their scores were hurt by ease of use and fit to vehicle.

• The "best buys" where the Chicco Key Fit, Baby Trend Flex-Loc, and Graco Snug Ride with EPS.

• One model that came in for big criticism last time (the Eddie Bauer Comfort) was not rated since it has been discontinued.

• The Graco SafeSeat came in sixth place—getting "very good" marks for ease of use and fit to vehicle. Interestingly, CR only tested this seat with a 22 pound dummy, despite the seat’s 30 pound capacity. As you may remember, CR in January tested this seat with a 30 pound dummy—and it failed that enhanced test. However, given the seat’s new clean bill of health in CR’s revised test, we will raise our rating of the Graco SafeSeat (which we had recommended in a previous version of Baby Bargains).

We will post more on the new CR results after we have some more time to analyze the report. Stay tuned.