The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its 2012 report on children’s booster seats recognizing an improvement on most new seats.
15 of the 17 booster seats introduced this year were tested and earned the top rating of “Best Bet” from the IIHS, proof that manufacturers are designing seats to provide better safety belt fit for booster-age children. Since IIHS started the booster ratings in 2008, this year is the first year that “Best Bet” boosters outnumber seats in any of the other three categories.
Two seats from manufacturer Safety 1st received a “Not Recommended” rating from IIHS due to not providing a proper belt fit. The IIHS recommends that consumers avoid them.
In total, there are 47 “Best Bet” boosters in the IIHS 2012 booster ratings report.
“Booster manufacturers have risen to the Institute’s challenge to improve seat design, giving parents more choices than ever when shopping for a booster that will provide a good, safe fit for their children,” says Anne McCartt, Institute senior vice president for research.