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Booster Seats: Ratings of Sources

Total of 11 Sources
September 2013
Recommended Carseats
by Editors of
Our AssessmentCertified child passenger safety technicians run Recommendations list crucial features, pros and cons, and often link to more detailed reviews. Editors base their recommendations off both their work helping others install and use seats correctly as well as their own experiences as parents. They note that their picks are subjective and not based on crash testing, and they do not include newer seats that they may not have much experience with.
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Booster Evaluations for 2013
by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Our AssessmentThe IIHS evaluates booster seats on how well they make a seat belt fit an average 6-year-old. Engineers measure belt fit on a crash dummy. Seats are rated best bets, good bets, check fit or not recommended based on those measurements. While the picks are unbiased, they do not take into account anything other than belt fit or any kind of crash testing.
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Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings
by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Our AssessmentNHTSA rates car seats on a five-star scale for ease of use, focusing on label content and clarity, instruction content and clarity, ease of installation and ease of securing a child. While the picks are unbiased, they do not take into account anything other than ease of use or any kind of crash testing.
4. Baby Bargains
10th Edition, 2013
Car Seats: Booster Seats
by Denise and Alan Fields
Our Assessment"Baby Bargains" reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review popular car seats based on expert testing and parents' reviews, as well as information from manufacturers and retailers. Their website offers up-to-date information, additional reviews, recall information and forums for parents to discuss baby products.
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Booster Seat Ratings
by Editors of
Our AssessmentThe staff of crash tests 13 combination and 33 belt-positioning booster seats, including high-back and backless models. The ratings are reliable and unbiased, and they include editors' highs and lows for each seat -- helpful for parents who want a quick summary of each seat. However, there are a couple of discontinued models listed, and it's unclear when the tests were performed.
As of April 2013
Booster Seats
by Contributors to
Our is one of a parent's best resources for real-world reviews of booster seats. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed. Expensive seats may have fewer reviews than cheaper seats. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with a seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
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Our Best Picks for Boosters
by Editors of
Our AssessmentCar-seat experts and child passenger safety technicians from pick the best boosters for a variety of factors: travel, carpools, tall kids, long legs, wide kids, combination seats and budget picks under $50. Picks are based on those thought to be "the most versatile for the widest range of children and vehicles," they note. However, there are no in-depth reviews of the seats.
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The Best Booster Car Seats for Big Kids
by Editors of
Our editors pick five booster seats for their best-of roundup. Picks are based on parent reviews from the web as well as editors' personal experience. Reviews are short but informative, and each one notes potential cons for the seats. The reviews are not comparative.
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Browse Car Seats: Booster
by Editors of
Our includes stand-alone reviews for several popular car seats, including seven booster seats. Seats are rated on a one-to-five-star scale overall as well as for quality, ease of use and value. Reviews are informative and even-handed, including both pros and cons. They are not comparative, however.
April 15, 2014
Best Booster Seat
by Jamie C.
Our recommends five booster seats and backless booster seats. The short reviews are informative, but they are not comparative and do not note many cons, if any, for each seat. The product guide expert chooses top picks, and runners up are based on user reviews from around the web.
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Best Booster Seats: Top 10 Rated Booster Seats 2014
by Valerie Baldowski
Our AssessmentEditors at base initial picks on parents' reviews from around the web, then rate each seat according to seven criteria: portability, compact fit, ease of installation, safety, affordability, quality and conversion ability. Each review includes informative quick specs and a box noting strengths and weaknesses.

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