WASHINGTON - Car booster seats are getting safer, according to a new report by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. New research shows that all of the new models evaluated provide a good or acceptable fit for typical 4 to 8 year-olds.
Of the 23 models evaluated, the Institute says 20 earn the highest rating of 'BEST BET.' That means they are likely to provide good belt fit for a 4- to 8-year-old child in almost any car, minivan or SUV.
The additional three models are rated 'GOOD BET.' This means they provide acceptable fit in most vehicles, the Institute says.
No new models are in the 'Not Recommended' category.
When IIHS began its booster seat ratings in 2008, most models failed to consistently provide good belt fit.
'BEST BET' Booster Seats:
-Chicco KidFit (backless mode)
-Chicco KidFit (highback mode)
-Diono Cambria (backless mode)
-Diono Cambria (highback mode)
-Eddie Bauer Storage Booster (backless)
-Evenflo Advanced Transitions (backless mode)
-Evenflo Advanced Transitions (highback mode)
-Evenflo Platinum Evolve (backless mode)
-Evenflo Platinum Evolve (highback mode)
-Graco Atlas 65 (highback)
-Graco Tranzitions (backless mode)
-Graco Tranzitions (highback mode)
-Harmony Defender 360 (backless mode)
-Harmony Defender 360 (highback mode)
-Jané Montecarlo R1 (highback)
-Lil Fan Box Seat (backless)
-Little Tikes Highback Booster (backless mode)
-Little Tikes Highback Booster (highback mode)
-Little Tikes Backless Booster (backless)
'GOOD BET' Booster Seats:
-Cybex Solution M-Fix (highback)
-Cybex Solution Q2-Fix (highback)
-Safety 1st Grow and Go (highback)