Half of the Kids & Toddlers Car Booster Seats (carseats) failed the testing according to Car-Safety-Group!

USA Today reported yesterday that latest ratings for the booster seats are quite horrible. 41 out of 83 boosters tested did not fit well well with seat belts unless checked for fit. Six of the popular boosters rated so poorly that IIHS recommends those to never to be used. These boosters are:

  • Evenflo Chase
  • Evenflo Express
  • Evenflo Generations 65
  • Evenflo Sightseer
  • Safety-First All-In-One
  • Safety-First Alpha Omega Elite

According to IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) these boosters do not provide a proper belt fit .

According to this article IIHS singles out a Canadian company Harmony Juvenile Products as an outstanding buy, all 5 of their booster seats got a 5 star rating backless. Quick search by me noted that these boosters are widely available, even Walmart carries them starting under $15.

You should still always use a booster seat for a child aged 4 to 8 because child in a booster seat is 45% less likely to be hurt than one without a booster

The whole rating list can be seen here.

Does this change your mind about boosters?

  • yes I want highest rated
  • no I know my kid is protected already
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MikeNV 4 years ago from Henderson, NV

The safest car seat in the World is manufactured by Volvo... the "problem" is they only work in Volvo cars so the United States Government will not let them be imported because these seats must work in all cars.

And there is your problem, just one more regulation that makes no sense. A custom seat matched to your car will perform better than a one size fits all.


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kirsib 4 years ago Author

Sounds like another law not being thought through. I see that US wants safety seats being regulated but apparently there is not much done if some are rated to perform poorly once they get to market...

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