Some Booster Seats Get Poor Ratings

Some Booster Seats Get Poor Ratings

According to recent reports issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, child booster seats may not be as safe as they should be.

The review states that several of the booster seats on the market do an inadequate job of positing children to fit their seatbelts. This, according to the report, does not protect children in the incident of a car accident.

Report Names 13 Unsafe Booster Seats
After performing crash tests, the institute discovered that 13 of the booster seats did a poor job protecting children. Following is a list of seats the institutive does not recommend:

• Compass B505
• Cosco/Dorel Traveler
• Compass B510
• Safety Angel Ride Ryte
• Cosco/Dorel Alpha Omega
• Cosco Highback Booster
• Evenflo Generations
• Graco CarGo Zephyr
• Safety 1st/Dorel Intera
• Evenflo Big Kid Confidence
• Evenflo Chase Comfort Touch
• Cosco/Dorel (Eddie Bauer) Summit
• Dorel/Safety 1st (Eddie Bauer) Prospect

According to IIHS President, Adrian Lund, the 13 booster seats mentioned in the report, “may increase restraint use by making children more comfortable, but they don't position belts for optimal protection."

Manufacturers Respond to the Report
In response to the negative report, manufacturers of the 13 named models argue that all of their seats have, in fact, been tested and do meet and exceed federal regulations. Members of Graci Children’s Products issued a statement saying, “Safety is always a top priority and nothing is more important than the well-being of the children who use our products.”

Booster seats are intended for children between the ages of 4 and 8 and, in order to meet safety requirements, the seat belt is supposed to be positioned across the child’s lower hips and mid-shoulders rather than the stomach. This design is to protect the child’s liver and spleen.

Institute Recommends 10 “Best Bets”
The IIHS evaluated a total of 41 booster seats that are currently on the market. Of them, the institute recommended the following 10:
• Combi Kobuk
• Fisher-Price Safe Voyage
• Graco TurboBooster
• Britax Monarch
• Britax Parkway
• Fisher-Price Safe Voyage
• LaRoche Bros. Teddy Bear
• Recaro Young Style
• Volvo booster cushion
• Safeguard Go

Booster seats are recommended for children that are 8 or younger, weighing more than 30 pounds

(Source: MSNBC)

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