More than a dozen car booster seats may not do a good enough job protecting children in crashes, according to one safety organization.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety identified 13 booster seats Wednesday that do not position children well enough to fit into adult seat belts. The booster seats receiving low marks from the Institute are: the Compass B505, Compass B510, Cosco/Dorel Traveler, Evenflo Big Kid Confidence, Safety Angel Ride Ryte, Cosco/Dorel Alpha Omega, Cosco/Dorel (Eddie Bauer) Summit, Cosco Highback Booster, Dorel/Safety 1st (Eddie Bauer) Prospect, Evenflo Chase Comfort Touch, Evenflo Generations, Graco CarGo Zephyr and Safety 1st/Dorel Intera. At least two of these products have been discontinued, the Institute said.
The Institute joined with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to test 41 booster seats in the summer of 2007. Good child booster seats position the adult seat belt over a child’s upper thighs and mid-shoulder and avoid the abdomen, which is more vulnerable to injuries, according to the Institute. No car manufacturer or government agency tests how child booster seats position a seat belt on a child, the Institute said.
The Instutite named 10 seats “best bets.” Those seats were most likely to properly position an adult seat belt on a child. The 10 “best bets” are Combi Kobuk, Fisher-Price Safe Voyage (with plastic clip), Graco TurboBooster, Britax Monarch, Britax Parkway, Fisher-Price Safe Voyage (highback), LaRoche Bros. Teddy Bear, Recaro Young Style, Volvo booster cushion and Safeguard Go, when it’s used as a backless booster.
Five “good bet” seats that provide an acceptable belt fit are highbacks Combi Kobuk, Graco TurboBooster and Safety Angel Ride Ryte and combinations Recaro Young Sport and Safety 1st/Dorel Apex 65, when used as highbacks.
The test results reflect how well the booster seats position adult seat belts on a dummy representing the average 6-year-old. Some booster seats may work better for smaller or larger children, the Institute said. The Instutite encourages parents to choose a booster seat based on how well it positions the seat belt on their children.
Child booster seats reduce the risk of injury by 59 percent when compared with seat belts alone, according to a 2003 study by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Booster seats reduce the risk of fatalities among booster-age children by approximately 28 percent when compared with belts alone, according to another study by the same authors.Motor Vehicle Accidents, Uncategorized, Wrongful Death
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