Booster seat ratings getting better, but risks still remain

ARLINGTON, VA (KAIT) – A recent study of child booster seats by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), says a record number of seats were ranked "best bets," but the majority still poses a risk to children.

The IIHS examined over 80 booster seats, and a record 31 seats were designated "Best Bets." This means they correctly position a vehicle safety belt on a typical 4 to 8-year-old in almost any car, minivan, or SUV.

The majority of those seats, 41, tested fell into the "check fit" category. This category describes the seats may provide a good fit for some children in some vehicles, but not as many as "Good Bets" or "Best Bets." Parents should make sure the safety belts lie flat across the child's upper thighs and the shoulder belt crosses snugly over the middle of the shoulder.

Six models were ranked so poorly, the IIHS recommends parents to avoid them.

For the full ranking of seats, click here.

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