IIHS Releases Booster Seat Recommendations for 2013

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, Automotive Editor - November 19, 2012

For children around ages 4 to 8, too large for a traditional child safety seat but still not yet grown enough to be well-served by most seatbelt designs, a booster seat is a must. A good booster seat positions your child such that the lap belt lies flat across his thighs, while the shoulder belt sits comfortably but firmly across the center of his shoulder. Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests new booster seats for proper seatbelt fit in a variety of car designs and child sizes.

Among 17 new models tested for 2012, only two (the Safety 1st All-inOne and Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite) were "Not Recommended." Here's the complete list of booster seats receiving the IIHS's top "Best Bet" ranking for 2013. This year's newly released models are listed in bold.

Booster Seat "Best Bets" - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Britax Frontier 85
Britax Frontier 85 SICT
Britax Parkway SGL (highback mode)
BubbleBum
Chicco KeyFit Strada (highback mode)
Clek Oobr (highback mode)
Cosco Pronto (highback mode)
Diono Monterey (highback mode)
Diono RadianR100
Diono RadianR120
Diono RadianRXT
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (highback mode)
Evenflo Big Kid Amp
Evenflo Big Kid Amp High Back (backless mode)
Evenflo Big Kid Sport (backless mode)
Evenflo Maestro
Evenflo Secure Kid LX/DLX
Evenflo Symphony 65 e3
Ferrari Dreamway SP (highback mode)
Graco Argos 70 (highback mode)
Graco Backless TurboBooster
Graco Nautilus (highback mode)
Graco TurboBooster (backless mode)
Graco TurboBooster (highback mode)
Graco TurboBooster COLORZ
Graco TurboBooster Elite (backless mode)
Graco TurboBooster Elite (highback mode)
Graco TurboBooster Safety Surround (backless mode)
Graco TurboBooster Safety Surround (highback mode)
Harmony Carpooler
Harmony Cruz Youth Booster
Harmony Dreamtime Booster (backless mode)
Harmony Dreamtime Booster (highback mode)
Harmony Olympian
Harmony V6 Highback Booster (backless mode)
Harmony V6 Highback Booster (highback mode)
Harmony Youth Booster Seat
Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro
Kiddy World Plus
Kids Embrace Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (highback mode)
Recaro ProBOOSTER
Recaro ProSPORT
Recaro Vivo
Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (highback mode)
Safety 1st S1 Rumi Air/Essential Air
The First Years Pathway B570

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Car Pricing Insider blog and publishes daily incentives on new cars in addition to newsworthy articles pertaining to the auto industry.

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