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www.wmfd.com - New research finds booster seats getting safer, but there are still some key points for parents when choosing the best option for a child, as Karin Caifa explains in today's Consumer Watch. }}" />

   
 
 
Consumer Watch Has Booster Seat Ratings And Safety

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  Original Published: 11/11/2013 New research finds booster seats getting safer, but there are still some key points for parents when choosing the best option for a child. Karin Caifa has today's Consumer Watch. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just released ratings for 31 models of children's booster seats. "The institute evaluated and rated new booster seats to see how well they positioned belts on typical 4-to-8-year-old kids, and the good news is that we have more booster seats than ever before that have our top rating," says Jessica Jermakian of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A total of 19 of 31 earned that top rating, others still have room for improvement and a couple are not recommended. "The problem here is that the lap belt is riding too high up on the tummy," says Jermakian. "It's not lying flat across the upper thighs. And the shoulder belt is too far off the shoulder, rather than sitting snugly in the center of the shoulder." If the shoulder belt isn't positioned correctly, a child is at risk of coming out of the seat in the event of a crash. In a seat with a proper fit, the lap belt is low on the child's upper thighs. The shoulder belt, in the center of the shoulders, not falling off of that shoulder, and not too high on the child's neck. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found safe seats at a variety of price points. "The booster seats range in price from under $20 to over $200, and we have best bets in the entire range," says Jermakian. Also consider a child's height and weight, regardless of age. A booster seat should be used until adult seat belts fit, and protect, properly.
   
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