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New booster seat ratings

New booster seat ratings

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on September 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 8 at 7:53 PM

Texas like a growing number of states now requires children under 4’9” and 40 pounds to be seated in a booster seat when in a car. Now there’s a way to figure out which may offer the best safety for your child.

Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just evaluated 72 booster seats on safety and fit. They found the biggest problem is inconsistency in how booster seats work in a variety of vehicles, which can make it tough to know which one to use.

A good booster seat will allow the seat belt to sit across a child's upper thighs and positions the shoulder belt at mid-shoulder. Be sure to check out the attached pictures.

Here's a look at the list of the booster seats researchers consider best bets, good bets or ones you should avoid:

Best Bets

Britax Frontier 85 (combination high back)
Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual high back)
Clek Oobr (dual high back)
Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual high back)
Cybex Solution X-Fix (high back)
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual high back)
Evenflo Big Kid Amp (backless)
Evenflo Maestro (combination high back)
Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual high back)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual high back)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual backless)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual high back)
Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe (backless)
Harmony Youth Booster Seat (backless)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual high back)
Recaro ProBOOSTER (high back)
Recaro ProSPORT (combination high back)
Recaro Vivo (high back)
Recaro Young Sport (combination high back)
Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual high back)
The First Years Pathway B570 (high back)

Good Bets

Britax Parkway SG (dual high back)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual backless)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual high back)
Evenflo Symphony 65 (3-in-1 high back)
Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual high back)
Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual high back)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual high back)


Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination high back)
Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (high back)
Evenflo Express (combination high back)
Evenflo Generations 65 (combination high back)
Evenflo Sightseer (high back)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)
Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 high back)
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 high back)