The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report Wednesday with crash test data on 72 booster seats.
Seats failing the test due to poor seatbelt fit:
- Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination highback)
- Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (highback)
- Evenflo Express (combination highback)
- Evenflo Generations 65 (combination highback)
- Evenflo Sightseer (highback)
- Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)
- Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 highback)
- Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 highback)
Testers cited poor seatbelt fit: “A good booster routes the lap belt across a child’s upper thighs and positions the shoulder belt at midshoulder,” says the report (see image).
The report gave a “best bet” rating to 21 seats and a “good bet” rating to 7 more. The rest of the seats were found to work well in some vehicles but not others.
Popular “Best Bets” include Cosco Juvenile Pronto, Britax Frontier 85, Clek Oobr, Graco TurboBooster Crawford, Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR, and Recaro Vivo.
Good Bets include Graco TurboBoosters Sachi and Wander, Evenflo Symphony 65, and Britax Parkway SG. You can see more results at the IIHS website.
When choosing a seat, you might also check these seats against the National Institute for Highway Safety’s Ease-of-Use ratings.
- SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. offers several other booster resources.
- For all things car seat, I recommend checking out the discussions at Car-Seat.org.