WASHINGTON (AP) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says parents have more options than ever when buying quality booster seats for young children, naming a record 31 seats among its "best bets."
The institute says those 31 seats "correctly position a vehicle safety belt on a typical 4- to 8-year-old in almost any car, minivan or SUV." Brands with more than one "best bet" include Britax, Graco, Harmony and Recaro.
Engineers evaluated 62 booster models. Some dual-use seats, which can work as high-back or backless boosters, were evaluated twice, so a total of 83 seats were tested.
Five seats were rated "good bets," providing "acceptable belt fit in most vehicles." The institute says 41 models "may provide good fit for some children in some vehicles." Only six models were "not recommended."
Here's the entire list, as released by the IIHS:
Best BetsBritax Frontier 85Britax Frontier 85 SICTBritax Parkway SGL (highback mode)BubbleBumChicco KeyFit Strada (highback mode)Clek Oobr (highback mode)Cosco Pronto (highback mode)Cybex Solution X-FixDiono/Sunshine Kids Monterey (highback mode)Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (highback mode)Evenflo Big Kid AmpEvenflo Big Kid Sport (backless mode)Evenflo MaestroEvenflo Symphony 65 e3Ferrari Dreamway SP (highback mode)Graco Argos 70 (highback mode)Graco TurboBooster - Baldwin (highback mode)Graco TurboBooster Elite (highback mode)Harmony Cruz Youth Booster/Harmony CarpoolerHarmony Dreamtime (backless mode)Harmony Dreamtime (highback mode)Harmony Olympian/Secure Comfort DeluxeHarmony Youth Booster SeatKids Embrace Dale Earnhardt Jr.Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (highback mode)Recaro ProBOOSTERRecaro ProSPORTRecaro VivoSafety 1st Boost Air Protect (highback mode)Safety 1st S1 Rümi AirThe First Years B570 Pathway
Good BetsBritax Parkway SG (highback mode)Combi Kobuk Air Thru (backless mode)Combi Kobuk Air Thru (highback mode)Evenflo Symphony 65Maxi-Cosi Rodi (highback mode)
Not RecommendedEvenflo ChaseEvenflo ExpressEvenflo Generations 65Evenflo SightseerSafety 1st All-in-OneSafety 1st Alpha Omega Elite