Car seats aren't just for babies anymore. The NHTSA says all children should be in booster seats until at least age 8. Manufacturers are stepping up, making seats look less babyish for children ages 4 to 8 with mod patterns, bold primary colors, and other designs. But safety isn't taking a backseat to aesthetics when it comes to the newest child booster seats on the market.
Fifteen of the 17 booster seats introduced in 2012 earned the top BEST BET rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS defines BEST BETs as "seats that provide good belt fit for typical 4 to 8 year-olds in almost any car, minivan or SUV."
This year's BEST BET booster seat winners:
"Booster manufacturers have risen to the Institute's challenge to improve seat design, giving parents more choices than ever when shopping for a booster that will provide a good, safe fit for their children," states Anne McCartt, Institute senior vice president for research, in the latest IIHS booster seat report.
Only two booster seats--Safety 1st All-in-One and Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite -failed to provide good belt fit according to the latest IIHS report. The Institute put these on their not recommended list.
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