New child booster seat ratings released


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested 16 new booster seats for 2017 and all but three have earned the agency’s highest rating of “best bet.”


The “best bet” rating means a booster provides good safety belt fit for a typical four to eight-year-old child in almost any car, minivan or SUV.


With these latest ratings, there are now 118 booster seats on the market with a “best bet” rating and even priced as low as $13.


Three of the 16 boosters were rated “check fit” meaning they could work for some children in some vehicles.


Children ages 4 to 8 are 45 percent less likely to sustain injuries in crashes if they’re in booster seats than using safety belts alone.


The institute’s complete list of ratings can be found here.