“Best Bet” Booster Seats Keep Connecticut Kids Safe

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released their report on booster seat selection and safety.  Though many believe that booster seats are optional, just an extra child product to mess with, in the event of an accident the proper use of a booster seat for older children can mean the difference between life and death.

According to a 2009 study, children ages four to eight who ride in booster seats in the back seat are 45 percent less likely to sustain injuries in crashes than children wearing only seat belts.

Heeding calls to make booster seats easier to use and safer for children, car seat manufacturers have made strides in improving the quality of boosters.  While last year the IIHS only awarded their “Best Bet” award to nine of 60 seats, this year the number of top rated seats was much higher.  This year top marks were given to 21 of 72 booster seats.

Due to the fact that the seat aids in seatbelt placement and does not restrain the child the Institute doesn’t conduct crash tests.  Instead, they look at how well the booster aids in proper seat belt placement in most vehicles.

The following seats received the “Best Bet” award this year:

  • Britax Frontier 85
  • Chicco Keyfit Strada
  • Clek Oober
  • Cosco Juvenile Pronto
  • Cybex Solution X-Fit
  • Eddie Bauer Auto Booster
  • Evenflo Big Kid Arp
  • Evenflo Maestro
  • Graco TurboBooster Crawford
  • Harmony Baby Armor
  • Harmony Dreamtime
  • Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe
  • Harmony Youth Booster Seat
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR
  • Recaro ProBOOSTER
  • Recaro ProSPORT
  • Recaro Vivo
  • Recaro Young Sport
  • Safety First Boost Air Protect
  • The First Years Pathway B570

The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz Kasheta & Bren hope that the above list helps you choose a seat that works well for your family.  The above seats represent nearly every price point and should go a long way to protecting your child in the event of an accident.   As personal injury attorneys we have seen too many accidents here in Connecticut end in serious injury for children who were not properly restrained.  To learn more about car seat selection, safety and state laws please click here.


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