Booster Seats To Avoid: Results Are Released

The time isn’t too far away in our house when the car seat is going to get packed up and a booster seat will take its place. That’s why the timing of this new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety couldn’t be better. I’m not sure how often they test booster seats, so it’s a good list to print out and save if you think/know you’ll be buying one in the next 18 months.

Taken from finance.yahoo.com

The good news is that booster seats are getting safer. The bad news is that there are still some seats out there that may not protect your child in a crash, a report released Wednesday showed.

Because seatbelts are typically designed for adults, booster seats are meant to lift children so that lap belts fit flat across their upper thighs and shoulder belts hit mid-shoulder, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Out of the 72 boosters evaluated, 21 were recommended as “best bets” because safety belts fit well across most vehicles, while seven models were “good bets” and eight were not recommended. This was the first time top performers outnumbered the worst performers, with only nine boosters rated as “best bets” last year.

The eight models that failed the institute’s evaluations were Eddie Bauer’s Deluxe and Deluxe 3-in-1, Evenflo’s Express, Generation 65 and Sightseer, Safety 1st’s All-in-One and Alpha Omega Elite and Harmony’s Baby Armor.

Engineers found that these boosters provided poor belt fit, meaning that the lap belt came too high on a child’s stomach or the shoulder belt hit too close to a child’s neck or fell off the shoulder.

“If the booster isn’t doing a good job — if the lap belt is up on your son or daughter’s tummy or if the shoulder belt is falling off your child’s shoulder — then find a replacement booster seat as soon as practical,” said Anne McCartt, Institute senior vice president for research.

“Best bets” included Chicco’s Keyfit Strada and Graco’s TurboBooster Crawford. While one of its boosters failed the test, Harmony Juvenile Products boasts five “best bet” booster seats, more than any other manufacturer.

Among the “good bets” were Combi’s Kobuk Air Thru, Britax’s Parkway SG and Maxi-Cosi’s Rodi.

To read the entire article, click HERE

For a full list of booster seats and ratings, visit: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr090810.html

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