Which Booster Is Best for Me?

This article outlines new ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that can help consumers and professionals alike choose an appropriate booster seats for safely transporting children who are too big for car seats and still too small for seat belt use in automobiles. The author explains that booster seats elevate children so the standard seat belts built into the car fit the child's smaller body frame, thus better protecting them in a crash. Boosters come in two main styles, highback and backless; some highbacks convert to backless by removable backs. Ten of the highbacks are combination seats that can be used as forward-facing restraints for toddlers and then as booster seats as the child grows. Readers are reminded of the importance of choosing a booster seat that works equally well in each of the family's cars, e.g., in the minivan as well as in the only-occasionally used sedan. One table charts how 60 booster seats are rated individually for lap belt fit and shoulder belt fit. An illustration shows good and bad lap/should belt fit on children aged 4 to 8 years.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-5, 7
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01151120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2010 7:22AM