Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluates booster
seats for safety. As manufacturers release new designs and models, the
IIHS awards one of four ratings:
- BEST BET: the seat’s belt positioning on a child is correct in just
about any motor vehicle.
- GOOD BET: an acceptable fit of the safety belt is provided for most automobiles.
- Check Fit: the booster seat may offer acceptable belt fit for adolescents
in certain vehicles, but not in as many automobiles as in the first two
- Not Recommended: the child safety booster seat is not recommended for use
by the IIHS due to safety concerns.
These ratings are determined by measuring how well the three-point lap
and shoulder belts of each booster seat fit on a dummy the size of a child.
While the tests do not involve crash testing, they are still valuable
because they reveal whether children will be harnessed correctly in vehicles,
regardless of whether it is a car, SUV, or minivan. The correct fit of
a booster seat’s belt would include a lap belt that goes flat across
the passenger’s upper thighs, as well as a shoulder belt which should
cross over the middle of the shoulder.
In 2014, more booster models received BEST BET recognition than in any
year before. Out of the 41 total new models, 27 received this highest
rating. Three more received GOOD BETS. That leaves eight seat models in
the Check Fit category and three in the Not Recommended category. Each
booster seat’s IIHS evaluations can be found online at
www.iihs.org. BEST BET booster seats can be purchased for prices ranging from$25 to
$370, so there is no excuse for dangerous child safety restraint systems.
Jones & Swanson, our law firm primarily represents victims of automobile
accidents. Unfortunately, this means that we often interact with victims
of auto accidents in which young children were involved. We are dedicated
to providing the highest level of protection possible for children in
automobile accidents. Last year, we partnered with Safe Kids Cobb County
for a safety event and since that time have advocated for their Child
Safety Seat Inspections. These inspections are performed monthly and provide
professionals who are happy to fit your child for the appropriately sized
safety seat for their height and weight. More information about these
inspections can be found at