Our Best Picks for Boosters

Posted in: Booster Seats

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released new booster seat recommendations in their Best Bet list for 2013. The IIHS tested a variety of booster seats, evaluating how well the booster and seat belt fit a crash test dummy representing an average sized 6 year old child.

We’ve created a short presentation helping to explain the IIHS’s recommendations. We also provide The Car Seat Lady’s Guide to the IIHS Booster Ratings for travel, carpool, tall kids, long legs, wide torsos, harness-to-booster and under $50.

6 Responses to “Our Best Picks for Boosters”

  1. M says:

    Will you be publishing an updated version of a booster guide for this year? Thanks!

  2. Alaina says:

    Is a latch booster more safe than one that is just sitting on the seat?

    • A booster that is secured to the vehicle with LATCH will not fly around the car when it is unoccupied – whereas a booster that is just sitting on the seat can fly around unless the parent or child remembers to buckle it in everytime the child gets out. A booster that uses flexible LATCH (the LATCH connectors are on a flexible strap that you tighten) likely has no crash benefit to the child compared to a booster that is just sitting on the seat. A booster that uses rigid LATCH (the LATCH connectors are rigidly attached to the frame of the booster) may have a small benefit for a child in a crash – but it is not clear whether there is a benefit. A rigid LATCH booster, however, is typically able to offer the child the option to recline the booster in a way that other boosters can’t do. A booster that is LATCHed in may be easier for a child to buckle themselves into than one that just sits on the seat as the booster won’t shift as much when the child climbs in/out.

  3. jamie says:

    Is the winter coat concern also true for kids riding in booster seats?