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20 New Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS

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    20 New Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its ratings for the best child booster seats.

    Of the 23 new booster seats available this year, 20 were named "Best Bets" for children between the ages of 4 and 8 year olds. The others were rated as "Good Bets."

    The institute's evaluation focuses on belt fit and does not involve crash tests. 

    A correct belt fit means the lap belt lies flat across a child's upper thighs and the shoulder belt crosses snug over the middle of the shoulder.

    The institute's study also includes six older booster seats that are "not recommended" but remain on the market. The IIHS is calling on child seat manufacturers to stop production of those models, and to phase out 31 other older models that didn't receive high ratings. 

    The institute says parents  should check a booster seat's rating before purchasing. 

    The following booster seats were rated "Best Bets":

    Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1
    Rating applies to backless mode only
    Tested model: #FB58645

    Baby Trend Hybrid No Back Booster
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #LB10055

    Britax Frontier Clicktight
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #E9LH31A
    Results also apply to: #E9LY71A

    Britax Parkway SG
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #E9LM24V
    Results also apply to: #E9LU74V

    Britax Parkway SGL
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #E9LM44Y
    Results also apply to: #E9LU84Y

    Britax Pinnacle Clicktight
    Available in highback mode
    Tested model: #E9LL94P
    Results also apply to: #E9LZ14P

    Britax Pioneer
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #E9M41A
    Results also apply to: #E9LZ64J

    BubbleBum
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #BB0012
    Results also apply to: #BB001US/BB0004-W2

    Chicco KidFit
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #7079074710070
    Results also apply to: #05079014430070

    Clek Oobr
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #OBM1U
    Results also apply to: #OB11U1

    Cosco Pronto
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #22491
    Results also apply to: #BC033/BC032

    Cybex Solution X-Fix
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #12-4100016

    Diono Cambria
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #310000

    Diono Monterey
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #15000
    This rating applies to models built after July 2011.

    Diono RadianR100
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #US16600

    Diono RadianR120
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #US16700

    Diono RadianRXT
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #US16900

    Diono Solana
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #320000

    Dream On Me Turbo Booster
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #375-R

    Eddie Bauer Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #BC084

    Eddie Bauer Storage Booster
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #BC105

    Evenflo Advanced Transitions
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #34411695
    Results also apply to: #34411686

    Evenflo Amp
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #34111220

    Evenflo Big Kid Amp
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #3401913

    Evenflo Big Kid Amp Highback
    Rating applies to backless mode only
    Highback mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #31911168A

    Evenflo Big Kid LX
    Rating applies to backless mode only
    Highback mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #31411373

    Evenflo Big Kid Sport
    Rating applies to backless mode only
    Highback mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #31911148A

    Evenflo Chase
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #30621355

    Evenflo Maestro
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #31011049
    This rating applies to models built after April 9, 2010. Evenflo is recalling models made between 11/24/09 through 4/9/10, and 8/22/11 through 10/17/13 due to a problem when this combination seat is used as a child restraint with built-in 5-point harness. The remedy kit is available at www.evenflo.com or by calling 1-800-490-7591.

    Evenflo Platinum Evolve
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #34411700

    Evenflo Right Fit
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #31311542

    Evenflo Secure Kid 300/400
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #30811263
    Results also apply to: #30811229
    Evenflo has issued a safety recall on this combination model built from12/13/11 through 3/3/14 involving the harness crotch buckle. This is relevant when the seat is used with the built-in harness. The remedy kit is available at www.evenflo.com or by calling 1-800-490-7591.

    Evenflo Symphony 65
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #34511557

    Evenflo Symphony 65 e3/ Symphony DLX
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #34611106
    Evenflo has issued a safety recall on this combination model built from 10/2/12 through 8/26/13 involving the harness crotch buckle. This is relevant when the seat is used with the built-in harness. The remedy kit is available at www.evenflo.com or by calling 1-800-490-7591.

    Ferrari Beline SP
    Rating applies to backless mode only
    Highback mode rating: GOOD BET
    Tested model: #FRB10067

    Ferrari Dreamway SP
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #744138

    Graco 4Ever All-in-1
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #1906082

    Graco Affix
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #1831777

    Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #1896354
    Results also apply to: #1905603

    Graco Atlas 65
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #1946242
    Results also apply to: #1946241

    Graco Milestone All-in-One
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #1909142
    Results also apply to: #1910130

    Graco Nautilus
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #1759245
    This rating applies to models built after July 25th 2011.

    Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #1878678

    Graco Nautilus Elite
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #1866264
    Graco has issued a safety recall on this combination model built from 10/1/07 through 7/31/13 and 8/19/13 involving the harness buckle. This is relevant when the seat is used with the built-in harness. The replacement buckle is available at www.gracobucklerecall.com or by calling 1-800-345-4109.

    Graco Nautilus Plus
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #1850397
    Graco has issued a safety recall on this combination model built from 10/1/07 through 7/31/13 and 8/19/13 involving the harness buckle. This is relevant when the seat is used with the built-in harness. The replacement buckle is available at www.gracobucklerecall.com or by calling 1-800-345-4109.

    Graco Tranzitions
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #1947464
    Results also apply to: #1951370

    Harmony Defender 360
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #0302002

    Harmony Dreamtime
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #0303002

    Harmony Olympian
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #0304005
    This rating applies to models built on or after May 2010.

    Harmony Transit Deluxe
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #0304010

    Harmony V6 Highback
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #0303003

    Harmony Youth Booster Seat
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #0304003

    Jané Montecarlo R1
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #4564US/R87
    Results also apply to: #141G2IPUSR62/141G2IPUSR65/141G2IPUSR87

    Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #51-520-CF

    Kiddy World Plus
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #51-100-WP

    Kids Embrace Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #65500LEO
    Results also apply to: #65500SPD/65501DOR/65500SBS/71900BAT

    Lil Fan Box Seat
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #AD02

    Little Tikes Backless Booster
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #221250
    Results also apply to: #23443/22737

    Little Tikes Highback Booster
    Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode
    Tested model: #221300

    Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #BC090

    Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #22223-CIP

    Maxi-Cosi RodiFix
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #BC077

    Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #IMVIO1US35

    Recaro Performance Booster
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #363.00

    Recaro Performance SPORT
    Available in highback only
    Tested model: #386.01

    Safety 1st Boost Air Protect
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #BC027

    Safety 1st BoostAPak
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #BC062

    Safety 1st Store 'n Go
    Rating applies to highback mode only
    Backless mode rating: Check fit
    Tested model: #BC069

    Safety 1st Store 'n Go No-Back
    Available in backless only
    Tested model: #BC070
    Results also apply to: #BC105