The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its new ratings for booster seats, and there’s good news: more boosters have been given a “best bets” rating than ever before. This means manufacturers are doing a better job of creating booster seats that fit kids correctly, giving parents a wider variety of safe options.
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The IIHS evaluated 62 booster seats for seat belt fit; dual-use seats were rated in both highback and backless form. A good fit means the lap belt lies flat an on top of a child’s upper thighs (not on the stomach), and the shoulder belt fits across the middle of a child’s shoulder. No crash tests were done as part of the IIHS’s evaluation.
One surprising booster to earn a top rating: the BubbleBum, an inflatable seat ideal for travel, carpool, or just to have in the trunk in case you end up with an extra kid in your car. Check out the Car Seat Lady’s top picks for tall kids, wide kids and more, as well as how to do a fit test on your own kids.
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Britax Frontier 85
Britax Frontier 85 SICT
Britax Parkway SGL (highback mode)
Chicco KeyFit Strada (highback mode)
Clek Oobr (highback mode)
Cosco Pronto (highback mode)
Cybex Solution X-Fix
Diono/Sunshine Kids Monterey (highback mode)
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (highback mode)
Evenflo Big Kid Amp
Evenflo Big Kid Sport (backless mode)
Evenflo Symphony 65 e3
Ferrari Dreamway SP (highback mode)
Graco Argos 70 (highback mode)
Graco TurboBooster – Baldwin (highback mode)
Graco TurboBooster Elite (highback mode)
Harmony Cruz Youth Booster/Harmony Carpooler
Harmony Dreamtime (backless mode)
Harmony Dreamtime (highback mode)
Harmony Olympian/Secure Comfort Deluxe
Harmony Youth Booster Seat
Kids Embrace Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (highback mode)
Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (highback mode)
Safety 1st S1 Rümi Air
The First Years B570 Pathway
Britax Parkway SG (highback mode)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (backless mode)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (highback mode)
Evenflo Symphony 65
Maxi-Cosi Rodi (highback mode)
Evenflo Generations 65
Safety 1st All-in-One
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite