Booster Seats that will Best Keep Your Child Safe
Booster seats are so much safer than they were in the past. With the addition of 13 out of 16 2017 booster seat models, 118 booster seats have the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating of BEST BET. However when these ratings were first done, only a quarter of seats earned a BEST BET rating.
The rating of “BEST BET” means that the booster has a good safety belt fit for 4 to 8 year-olds in basically any car, van or SUV. The 3 models not given a rating of “BEST BET” received a rating of “Check Fit”, meaning that the seats could work in some cares but not nearly all of them.
Out of all booster seats on the current market only 1 is rated “Not Recommended”- the Safety 1st Summit 65. Of the 16 new models rated this year, there are actually 12 different models. That is because 4 of these models were rated twice, due to the fact that they are dual-use boosters that can either be used with a highback, or backless mode.
A great thing about these 13 new BEST BET award winners are that they have a wide price range. As little as $40 for the Cosco Finale and tp $250 for the Maxi-Cosi Rodifix. The IIHS Senior Research Engineer Jessica Jermakian says, “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a quality booster seat. Unlike more complicated harness-equipped restraints, a booster is a simple device that doesn’t require any special features to do its job.”
Children should be using booster seats until a vehicle’s seatbelt fits them correctly. That could be until they are 12. This is a good guide to tell you when a child should make the transitions from car seat to booster seat, to using the seatbelt normally.
Something important to note is that while there are many safe options, none of them are safe unless they are installed properly. Click here for a refresher on how to safely install a booster seat.