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.