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New booster safety ratings – what’s the deal?

Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new Booster Seat Status Report rating booster seats on their “BEST BET, GOOD BET, Check Fit or Not Recommended” scale.  What does this new report mean for you and your booster seat using child?

First, keep in mind that all children are made uniquely – children with identical heights and weights may not always fit the same car seats or booster seats. Some children have long torsos and short legs – and vice versa! It’s important to take ratings as merely one piece of the puzzle. Even if a seat is rated “BEST BET” – be certain to make sure the seat fits your child correctly.

What should you look for?

The most important part of the booster seat fit is that the that the lap and shoulder belts fit correctly. The seat belt should rest across the child’s hips, not the stomach, and the shoulder belt should rest on the shoulder, not the neck or face. The “BEST BET” for your child is a booster seat that ensures the seat belt is properly placed on his or her body.

Just a note, no booster seats have been recalled as a result of this report.  The IIHS simply uses this rating scale to help parents make good choices as technology continues to evolve.

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