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 |  Nov 07 2013, 1:30 PM

Booster-Seat-Safety-Main-ArtThe folks at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have just released the results of their latest evaluation. They put 31 child booster seats to the test to find out which ones do the best job of protecting youngsters in crashes.

The good news is that 19 of these restraints earned a Best Bet rating from the organization, while one model received a Good Bet recommendation. Lower-performing boosters are rated either Check Fit or flat-out Not Recommended.

With so many booster seats earning Best Bet status it’s easy for parents to find one that’s going to protect their child as well as possible in the event of a vehicle crash. There are more top-rated booster seats on the market today than ever before.

Seats rated Best Bet correctly position 4-to-8-year-old children in almost any type of vehicle; Good Bets provide acceptable belt fitment in most vehicles. All told 63 different models are rated either best or good by the IIHS.

Here’s a list of all the booster-seat modes recently tested by the organization. Has your child’s seat been evaluated by the IIHS? If so, how well did it perform?

[Source: IIHS]

Best Bet

Britax Parkway SG (highback mode)

Britax Parkway SGL (highback mode)

Evenflo Amp (backless)

Evenflo Big Kid LX (backless mode)

Evenflo Chase (highback)

Evenflo Right Fit (highback and backless modes)

Ferrari Beline SP (backless mode)

Graco Affix (highback and backless modes)

Graco Argos 70 Elite (highback mode)

Graco Connext (backless)

Graco Nautilus Elite (highback mode)

Graco Nautilus Plus (highback mode)

Graco Nautilus with Safety Surround (highback mode)

Harmony Transit Deluxe (backless)

Recaro Performance SPORT (highback)

Recaro ProSPORT II (highback)

Safety 1st BoostAPak (backless)

Good Bet

Ferrari Beline SP (highback mode)

Check Fit

Britax Frontier 90 (highback)

Britax Parkway SG (backless mode)

Britax Parkway SGL (backless mode)

Britax Pinnacle 90 (highback)

Britax Pioneer 70 (highback)

Cosco Stack-It (backless)

Evenflo Big Kid LX (highback mode)

Graco Argos 70 Elite (backless mode)

Graco Nautilus Elite (backless mode)

Graco Nautilus Plus (backless mode)

Graco Nautilus with Safety Surround (backless mode)

Not Recommended

Safety 1st All-in-One

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite