New Booster Seat Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released their newest rankings of child booster seats. If you have (or soon will have) a child within this Seat belt fitcategory (approximately ages 4 to 8 ) this information is invaluable. The IIHS has tested 72 different seats and provided their safety rating for each one. As a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle this allows you to make, safe informed decisions and eliminates the guesswork and the ‘I hope so’ fear that you made the right decision for your child.

The following is how the IIHS suggests that booster seats fit and help protect children:

Boosters elevate children so safety belts designed for adults will fit better. The lap belt should fit flat across a child’s upper thighs, not the soft abdomen. Good boosters have belt-routing features that hold lap belts down and forward. The shoulder belt should cross snugly over the middle of the shoulder. Then it’s in position to provide effective protection in a crash.

Here is a partial list of their “Best Bets.”

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)

Click here for a complete list and for more information.

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About the Author

Jim began his EMS career in 1974. Since that time he has worked providing direct patient care, has been a Field Training Officer and more recently was the National Director of Safety and Risk for AMR. He is currently writing a book on achieving safety success in EMS and maintains an EMS Safety site and blog. (www.emsafety.net).

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