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Best and worst booster seats

Looking for a booster seat for your child?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the good news is booster seats are better at protecting your children in car accidents than older models. The bad news is most belt-positioning booster seats don't offer a consistent good fit in all vehicles.

The Institute's report released Wednesday examined the lap and shoulder belt fit of 72 booster seats for children 4 to 8 years old.

There are some simple tests to make sure your child is safe.

  • Make sure the lap belt fits firmly across the top of thighs.
    • You don't want it riding up on to the tummy of a child which is soft and might be injured in a crash.
  • For the shoulder belt, a good fit is fitting snugly across the center of the shoulder
    • You don't want it riding up across the neck or going too far off the shoulder

2010 IIHS BOOSTER EVALUATION RESULTS

Best Bets

Britax Frontier 85 (combination highback)
Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual highback)
Clek Oobr (dual highback)
Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual highback)
Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual highback)
Evenflo Big Kid Amp (backless)
Evenflo Maestro (combination highback)
Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual highback)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual backless)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual highback)
Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe (backless)
Harmony Youth Booster Seat (backless)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual highback)
Recaro ProBOOSTER (highback)
Recaro ProSPORT (combination highback)
Recaro Vivo (highback)
Recaro Young Sport (combination highback)
Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual highback)
The First Years Pathway B570 (highback)

Good Bets

Britax Parkway SG (dual highback)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual backless)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual highback)
Evenflo Symphony 65 (3-in-1 highback)
Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual highback)
Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual highback)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual highback)

NOT RECOMMENDED

Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination highback)
Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (highback)
Evenflo Express (combination highback)
Evenflo Generations 65 (combination highback)
Evenflo Sightseer (highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)
Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 highback)
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 highback)

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