The latest booster seat ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that most child seat manufacturers have mastered something that once eluded them.
Building a seat that provides good safety belt fit for the typical four- to eight-year-old passenger.
Of the 53 new booster seat models evaluated, 48 earned the agency’s highest rating of “best bet.” Back in 2008 when the institute began rating boosters, only a quarter of the seats evaluated earned that designation.
The evaluation focuses on belt fit and does not involve crash tests.
A correct belt fit means the lap belt lies flat across a child’s upper thighs and the shoulder belt crosses snug over the middle of the shoulder.
Five models, however, made the group’s list of booster seats they wouldn’t recommend this year. Those models are:
- Cosco Easy Elite
- Cosco Highback 2-in-1 DX
- Diono Olympia
- Diono Pacifica
- Safety 1st Summit 65
The institute’s complete list of ratings can be found online at IIHS.org/boosters and includes many models that were evaluated in years past.