Parents say the Graco Backless TurboBooster is easy to use, lightweight and convenient for big kids who need a little help fitting a vehicle's seat belts. They like the wide range of colors and patterns and say the seat fabric is easy to wash, too. However, some say the seat is too hard, and others complain about fabric quality.
A best bet for belt fit. The Graco Backless TurboBooster is a belt-positioning booster that uses a vehicle's existing seat belts. An included seat-belt clip helps ensure proper belt placement, but the seat doesn't offer the side-impact protection or more precise belt placement of a high-back booster. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names the Backless TurboBooster a best bet for proper belt fit in almost any car. When it's empty, the TurboBooster should be removed from the car or secured to the seat to keep it from becoming a projectile in a crash.
Easy to assemble and use. Reviewers have few ease-of-use complaints about the Graco Backless TurboBooster, saying it's easy to assemble and achieve proper seat-belt placement. The seat receives 4 stars out of 5 for ease of use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which criticizes incomplete or unclear labels and required assembly.
Seat may not be the comfiest. The Graco Backless TurboBooster has two retractable cup holders and padded armrests. Parents say the seat is lightweight at a little more than 5 pounds, and they say the machine-washable fabric is easy to remove. The seat receives mixed reviews for comfort, however, with some parents saying it seems too hard. Others complain that the seat lacks adequate support for kids who nap in the car and say the fabric seems low quality. Graco recommends the seat for kids 40 to 57 inches tall who weigh 40 to 100 pounds.
Mixed reviews for customer service. The Graco Backless Turbo Booster has a limited one-year warranty on the Backless TurboBooster. Reviewers give customer service mixed reviews for responding to complaints. The seat expires seven years from the manufacture date.
Review Credibility: Excellent The IIHS evaluates booster seats on how well they make a safety belt fit an average 6 year old. The Graco Backless TurboBooster is rated a best bet, meaning the lap belt was flat or nearly flat on the thighs, and the shoulder belt was correctly positioned at or very near the mid-shoulder.
Review: Booster Evaluations for 2012, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Not dated
Review Credibility: Excellent The NHTSA rates car seats on a 5-star scale for ease of use, label content and clarity, instruction content and clarity, ease of installation and ease of securing a child. The Graco Backless TurboBooster receives 4 stars overall, with testers criticizing incomplete or unclear labels and required assembly.
Review: Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Graco Backless TurboBooster is Bestcovery.com's pick for best backless booster seat overall. Natasha Puryear gives the seat a rating of 5 out of 5 stars, saying it's lightweight but has a high 100-pound capacity and can accommodate tall kids. She also likes the cup holders, which can be hidden, and the padded armrests. The seat also comes in a range of colors and patterns, she says.
Review: Best Booster Seat, Natasha Puryear, Jan. 3 , 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat receives 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 200 reviews on Amazon.com. They say the seat is lightweight and easy to use, and they like the dual cup holders. The fabric is easy to wash, they say. However, many complain that the seat is too hard, and a few say the fabric is low quality. Others say it lacks adequate support for car naps.
Review: Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2013