DaimlerChrysler has become the first automaker in the 33-year history of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to receive the "exceed expectations" status from the safety agency for its response to a safety recommendation.

The NTSB commended DaimlerChrysler for its groundbreaking Fit for a Kid child safety seat inspection service, which this month became available in all 50 states, as it officially closed its Safety Recommendation H-99-3 to the automaker.

That recommendation included a call for all automakers and others to combat the problem of child safety seat misuse by supporting and establishing seat fitting stations nationwide. The recommendation remains open for all other recipients.

Fit for a Kid is a free child safety seat inspection service offered to anyone by appointment at participating Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge dealers.