The Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR is one of only two U.S. booster seats to pass side-crash tests by a British testing agency (the U.S. government doesn't require side-crash testing). Both seats pass, but the Maxi-Cosi costs far less than the other seat, the Cybex Solution X-Fix (*Est. $210). The Cybex seat gets slightly better frontal crash ratings, though. Both seats are belt-positioning boosters (which boost your child up so that the vehicle seatbelt fits properly), and both do a great job ensuring the correct belt fit in almost all vehicles. Still, safety experts say booster seats with a built-in five-point harness -- such as the top-rated Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 (*Est. $170) -- are the safest way to secure your child and should be used as long as possible. The Maxi-Cosi booster can hold children up to 57 inches tall and 100 pounds.
Which? magazine, a British publication similar to ConsumerReports.org, performs the most comprehensive review of the Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR, testing its crash safety, comfort, instructions and ease of installation and use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (a U.S. nonprofit group) tests how well it fits in a variety of vehicles, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates its ease of use. "Baby Bargains'" review compares the Rodi XR with other boosters based on its features and price. Amazon.com invites owners to post their opinions of this booster seat.
1. Which? magazine
Britain's Which? magazine crash-tests the Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR and also rates its comfort, the clarity of its instructions and how easy it is to install and use correctly. Editors list the booster's pros and cons in a short write-up.
Review: Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR, Editors of Which? magazine
2. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The IIHS fit tests 72 booster seats in this up-to-date report. Twenty make the Best Bets list for providing a good belt fit in almost any car, SUV or minivan, including the Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR.
Review: Booster Evaluations for 2010: Best Bets, Editors of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Sept. 8, 2010
Child-passenger safety technician Darren Qunell writes a quick but thorough review discussing measurement, seatbelt placement, and fit of the seat using his 4-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter as testers.
Review: The Maxi-Cosi XR: A Quick Review, Darren Qunell, Feb. 19, 2010
4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR gets 4 stars out of 5 overall in government ease-of-use tests. Testers give it high marks for good installation features and clear labels, but they deduct points because the seat doesn't come assembled.
Review: Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings: Booster, Editors of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
5. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" authors give the Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR a letter grade, after evaluating its features and comparing it to competing booster seats.
Review: Booster Seats, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth Edition, 2009
Just over a dozen owners had reviewed the Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR here when we checked, giving it an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The only consistent complaint we found was for the recline feature -- some parents say it works fine, while others can't get it to work properly.
Review: Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR Booster Car Seat, Contributors to Amazon.com