Safety officials see improvement in car booster seats

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Car booster seats for children are getting safer, according to the latest round of crash tests.

When booster seats were first tested in 2008, most of the models on the market at the time failed the tests.

Over the years they’ve gotten better at keeping your children safe. Twenty of the 23 booster seats new on the market this year are deemed a “best bet” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while three seats were rated a “good bet.”

“In this year’s booster rating, there aren’t any seats we wouldn’t recommend,” said Jessica Jermakian with the IIHS.

The nonprofit research group tested both high-back and backless seats, and measured how the seat belt fits an average-sized child in just about any vehicle.

“What we’re looking for is if the lap belt sits low across the top of the thighs,” Jermakian explained. “It’s not riding up on the soft tummy,  and the shoulder belt needs to fit snugly at the center of the shoulder. It shouldn’t be falling off the shoulder or riding up on the neck or face.”

Call 12 for Action found booster seats from previous years, which are no longer recommended by the IIHS for use, are still being sold through several major online retailers.

The IIHS is recommending parents do some research before making a purchase. They’re also calling on manufacturers of car seat models six years or older to stop making them.

Finally, the IIHS acknowledges the best booster seats are not necessarily the most expensive ones.

One of the top “2015 best bet seats” only costs about $15.

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