If you're a first-time parent, when your child is big enough for a booster seat, it can be confusing to choose the right one. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has a rating system for booster seats that can help you ensure your child is well protected after he or she has outgrown a car seat. The IIHS uses four categories to rate booster seats:
- BEST BETs. This rating is given to seats that make restraint systems suited for adults a good fit for typical 4-8 year olds in almost any vehicle.
- GOOD BETs. This rating is given to seats that provide an adequate belt fit for most vehicles.
- Not recommended. This rating warns you that the booster seat will not provide a good fit with the restraint system in most cars and should be avoided.
- Check fit. This rating tells you that in IIHS testing, the results varied depending on child size and vehicle model. You can use the IIHS website to check which booster seats are best for which vehicles.
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