Your child should have the right car seat for his or her age and size. After children outgrow car seats, they may enter booster seats. If you’re a parent looking for the right booster seat, check the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) best booster seats. The booster seats are ranked as “BEST BETs,” “GOOD BETs,” and “Not recommended.”
The Best Rated Booster Seats on IIHS List
The booster seat companies with seats on the BEST BETs 2014 list from the IIHS are listed below.
- Baby Trend (Hybrid 3-in-1, Hybrid No-back Booster)
- Britax (Frontier 90, Parkway SG, Parkway SGL, Pinnacle 90, Pioneer 70)
- BubbleBum & BubbleBum Neon
- Cleck Oobr
- Cosco Pronto
- Cybex Solution X-Fix
- Diono (Monterey, RadianR100, RadianR120, RadianRXT, Solana)
- Dream On Me Turbo Booster
- Eddie Bauer (Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster, Deluxe Highback 65)
- Evenflo (AMP, Big Kid Amp, Big Kid Amp Highback, Big Kid LX, Big Kid Sport, Chase, Maestro, Right Fit, Secure Kid 300/400, Symphony 65, Symphony 65 e3/Symphony DLX)
- Ferrari (Beline SP, Dreamaway SP)
- Graco (4Ever All-in-1 Car Seat, Affix, Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1, Backless TurboBooster, Milestone All-in-One, Nautilus, Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround, Nautilus Elite, Nautilus Plus)
- Harmony (Carpooler, Dreamtime, Olympian, Transit Deluxe, V6 Highback, Youth Booster Seat)
- Kiddy (CruiserfixPro, World Plus)
- Kids Embrace Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
- Maxi-Cosi (Rodi AP, Rodi XR, RodiFix)
- Peg Perego Viaggio HBB120
- Recaro (Performance Booster, Performance SPORT)
- Safety 1st (Boost Air Protect, BoostAPak, Store ‘n Go, Store ‘n Go No-Back, Summit 65)
What does a BEST BET booster mean?
The booster seats are assessed using a crash test dummy that’s the size of an average six-year-old. According to the IIHS, a BEST BET booster seat is one that provides a good belt fit for the typically four-to-eight year old, in nearly any car, SUV, or minivan. GOOD BETs, on the other any, only provide an “acceptable belt fit.” When the belt fit isn’t correct, a child may be in danger in the event of an accident.
How can I learn about dangerous booster seats?
If you have a child, it’s important that you stay up to date on recalls and investigations about child restraint systems that could potentially be dangerous. At SaferCar.gov, you can search your child’s restraint system by brand name and model. If your child’s car seat or booster seat is listed, you should replace it with a safer model immediately.
Talk to Gacovino, Lake & Associates if Your Child is Hurt in an Accident
If your child is in a car accident where his or her booster seat failed, you may have a case for a defective product lawsuit. If someone else was to blame for the car accident or your child’s injuries, get legal help. At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. in New York, our attorneys can help you recover the damages that you need for your child’s medical bills and other expenses and losses. For legal help, call us as soon as possible at 800-550-0000 or use our contact form.