britax-frontierAre you sure your child’s booster seat is safe? A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety assessed 72 seats found some good things, and some bad.

 

First, the good. Ranking the booster seats for how the safety belt fits the child in most cars found that booster seats are better than ever at fitting lap and shoulder belts on children ages 4 to 8. The better the fit, the more likely they are to be restrained in a crash.

Now, the bad: researchers found most belt-positioning booster seats don’t offer consistently good fit in all vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the best booster seats BEST BET or GOOD BET based on how the belt positioned in most vehicles. A good booster has the lap belt go across a child’s upper thighs and positions the shoulder belt at mid-shoulder. Three booster seats that did a poor job were named WORST PERFORMERS.

Booster Seat Test Results

Twenty-one boosters are BEST BET models, and seven earned GOOD BET.  Eight seats aren’t recommended at all. This is a big change from the year before. Last year, only nine seats out of 60 that were evaluated earned BEST BET.  You can see a video on their findings by clicking here.

Here’s the list:

BEST BET

Britax Frontier 85 (combination highback) *this is shown in the image above

Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual highback) (see our review of this booster seat)

Clek Oobr (dual highback)

Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual highback)

Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)

Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual highback)

Evenflo Big Kid Amp (backless)

Evenflo Maestro (combination highback)

Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual highback)

Harmony Baby Armor (dual highback)

Harmony Dreamtime (dual backless)

Harmony Dreamtime (dual highback)

Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe (backless)

Harmony Youth Booster Seat (backless)

Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual highback)

Recaro ProBOOSTER (highback)

Recaro ProSPORT (combination highback)

Recaro Vivo (highback)

Recaro Young Sport (combination highback)

Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual highback)

The First Years Pathway B570 (highback)

GOOD BET

Britax Parkway SG (dual highback)

Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual backless)

Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual highback)

Evenflo Symphony 65 (3-in-1 highback)

Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual highback)

Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual highback)

Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual highback)

BOOSTERS THAT MIGHT WORK FOR SOME KIDS IN SOME CARS

Britax Parkway SG (dual backless)

Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual backless)

Clek Olli (backless)

Clek Oobr (dual backless)

Clek Ozzi (backless)

Cosco Ambassador (backless)

Cosco Highback Booster (combination highback)

Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual backless)

Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual backless)

Evenflo Big Kid LX (dual backless)

Evenflo Big Kid LX (dual highback)

Evenflo Big Kid No Back Booster (backless)

Graco Nautilus Elite Monti (combination backless)

Graco Nautilus Elite Monti (combination highback)

Graco Nautilus Matrix (dual backless)

Graco Nautilus Matrix (dual highback)

Graco No Back TurboBooster Cameo (backless)

Graco TurboBooster Baker (backless)

Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual backless)

Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual backless)

Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual backless)

Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual backless)

Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual backless)

Safeguard Go Hybrid (combination backless)

Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual backless)

Safety 1st Summit (highback)

Safety 1st Vantage (highback)

Safety 1st Ventura (highback)

Sunshine Kids Monterey (dual backless)

Sunshine Kids Monterey (dual highback)

The First Years Compass B505 (highback)

The First Years Compass B510 (highback)

The First Years Compass B530 (highback)

The First Years Compass B540 (highback)

Volvo Booster (dual backless)

Volvo Booster (dual highback)

NOT RECOMMENDED

Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination highback)

Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (highback)

Evenflo Express (combination highback)

Evenflo Generations 65 (combination highback)

Evenflo Sightseer (highback)

Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)

Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 highback)

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 highback)

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.