Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Releases Booster Seat Ratings

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Releases Booster Seat Ratings
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November 06, 2014

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its annual booster seat ratings this week.

The IIHS rated 41 new models for 2014, 27 of which received the Institute's highest rating while three were added to the not recommended list.

Ratings included both high back and backless boosters. Though some models can be used as both, the boosters were rated separately and sometimes achieved different results. The Safety 1st Store 'n Go is a Best bet when used as a highback booster, but received a Check Fit rating as a backless booster.

Eight boosters were given a Check Fit rating, which means they could provide a good fit for some children in some vehicles, but not in all.

The three boosters that ended up in the Not Recommended category included the highback Diono Olympia and Diono Pacifica, and the Kids Embrace Batman No Back Booster.

The Diono boosters did not allow the shoulder belt to be adjusted in order to fit properly, while the lap belt did not fit correctly on the backless booster.

To fit correctly, the lap belt should lie flat across a child's upper thighs and the shoulder belt should cross snugly over the middle of the shoulder.

Prices vary for the Best Bet boosters with some as cheap as $25 and as expensive as $370.

For a complete list of ratings for new models, plus old models that are still on the market, visit the IIHS website.