Car booster seats becoming safer for children

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The latest booster seat ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that child seat manufacturers have mastered something that once eluded them.: the building of a seat that provides good safety belt fit for the typical 4 to 8-year-old passenger.

The science behind building a seat that provides good safety belt fit for the typical 4 to 8-year-old passenger has improved significantly.

Within the last 53 booster seat models reviewed, 48 received the highest rating, a “best bet.”

“Things have improved a lot since we first started evaluating boosters back in 2008. Back then only a quarter of the seats got the top rating of best bet,” said IIHS Senior Research Engineer Jessica Jermakian.

Booster seats are made for kids who have outgrown their car seats but aren’t big enough to use a seat belt of their own yet.

A seat belt on the belly of a child puts them in danger of abdomen-internal injuries, explained Jermakian.

Three of the other booster seats received a “check fit” grade meaning it may work for some vehicles.

The remaining two were “not recommended.”