Kids Booster Seat Reviews
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its 21 best car booster seats, for their performance keeping kids secured and safe in cars. They also ranked "not recommended" seats, which did a poor job of keeping a child secure. Find out where your child's booster seat ranks.
Once children have outgrown the weight limit of their car seat, they will need to switch to a booster seat until they are four feet, nine inches or taller -- otherwise the seat belt will not be positioned correctly. Laws differ from state to state, but 28 states require kids to be in a booster seat until they are 8 years old. Check the laws for your specific state at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Even if it's not required by law, it's a good idea to keep your child in the back seat and in a booster seat until the seat belt fits properly.
Top 21 Best booster seats
According to the IIHS, the following booster seats performed best with lap- and shoulder-belt fit for the average 4- to 8-year-old in almost any car, minivan or SUV.
According to the IIHS, the following seats did not provide good belt fit. If you have one of these seats, the IIHS advises you not to throw it away immediately, because any booster seat is better than none at all. They do recommend, however, you replace it as soon as you can.
If you don't see your particular brand of booster seat on this list, check the IIHS booster evaluation list. They also list booster seats that were "Good Bets" (we listed just the "Best Bets") and other tested seats.
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