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BOOSTER SEATS: Manufacturers Making Them Safer Than Ever

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The results from the annual safety testing on children’s booster seats were released Thursday morning.

The results of these new tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded manufacturers are building better booster seats.

Nineteen of the 31 new booster seat models on the market received the IIHS’s top rating of Best Bet and one model received a Good Bet rating.   Seats like the Britax Parkway SG in high back mode earned the Best Bet rating because of the way the lap belts laid flat across the upper thigh and the shoulder belts fit snugly across the center of the shoulder.

Two booster seats from the Dorel Juvenile Group made the IIHS’s Not Recommended List because they the lap and shoulder belts did not provide proper fit during testing.

The IIHS began testing and rating booster seats in 2008, when only 10 out of 41 models earned at Best Bet rating with 13 seats making the Not Recommended List.  The 2013 results found overall 58 boosters were a Best Bet and five were a Good Bet.  Only the two booster seats made the Not Recommended List for 2013.

The IIHS tests booster seats for correctly positioned belts on a typical four-to eight-year-old child in cars, minivans and SUVs.  The IIHS then gives the booster seat a rating of Best Bet, Good Bet, Check Fit or Not Recommended.

The full booster seat report or the complete list of booster seat ratings including a breakdown by manufacturer is available on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website here.