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 |  Sep 08 2010, 5:15 PM

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released their list of booster seats they do and do not recommend. On the recommended side, there’s been a significant growth this past year, with 21 Best Bets and seven Good Bets. Out of 72 booster seats the safety organization tested, eight booster seats didn’t get recommended.

For a booster seat to earn a Best Bet or Good Bet nod, it must properly position a three-point seat belt over a 6-year-old testing dummy. While performing these tests, IIHS experts measure seat-belt fit in a variety of vehicles. They also use high-back and backless booster seats as well as combination child-safety seats. The ratings do not take into account any type of crash tests.

According to the IIHS, children ages 4-8 who are placed in booster seats are 45 percent less likely to be injured in a car crash than children using only seat belts.

Read the lists of IIHS’ Best Bets, Good Bets and seats not recommended after the jump.

[Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]

Best Bets

  • Britax Frontier 85 (combination highback)
  • Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual highback)
  • Clek Oobr (dual highback)
  • Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual highback)
  • Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
  • Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual highback)
  • Evenflo Big Kid Amp (backless)
  • Evenflo Maestro (combination highback)
  • Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual highback)
  • Harmony Baby Armor (dual highback)
  • Harmony Dreamtime (dual backless)
  • Harmony Dreamtime (dual highback)
  • Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe (backless)
  • Harmony Youth Booster Seat (backless)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual highback)
  • Recaro ProBOOSTER (highback)
  • Recaro ProSPORT (combination highback)
  • Recaro Vivo (highback)
  • Recaro Young Sport (combination highback)
  • Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual highback)
  • The First Years Pathway B570 (highback)

Good Bets

  • Britax Parkway SG (dual highback)
  • Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual backless)
  • Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual highback)
  • Evenflo Symphony 65 (3-in-1 highback)
  • Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual highback)
  • Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual highback)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual highback)

Not Recommended

  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination highback)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (highback)
  • Evenflo Express (combination highback)
  • Evenflo Generations 65 (combination highback)
  • Evenflo Sightseer (highback)
  • Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)
  • Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 highback)
  • Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 highback)