Best Booster Car Seats: 10 Safe Choices

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests and evaluates booster seats to find the ones that best protect your child. These ten win their "best bet" award. Browse the list, and check out more top-rated booster seat options from IIHS.
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Booster Seat 101

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that when children exceed the limits of a forward-facing car seat, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly. This is often when they have reached at least 4 feet 9 inches in height.

But which booster is best? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the safest booster car seat provides good lap and shoulder belt fit for typical 4 to 8 year-olds in almost any car, minivan or SUV. We've highlighted 10 of their "Best Bet" booster seats on the following slides to get you started:

Britax Frontier Clicktight

Tested model: #E9L74L

Fits: Forward-facing harness mode 25 to 90 pounds; booster mode 40 to 120 pounds

Check for NHTSA for recalls

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Graco Affix

Tested model: #1831777

Fits: 30 to 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall

Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode

Check for NHTSA recalls

Aidia Scout

Tested model: #AD02001

Fits: 40 to 57 inches tall

Available in backless only

Check for NHTSA recalls

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Evenflo Big Kid Amp

Tested model: #3401913

Fits: 4 years and older; 40 to 110 pounds

Available in backless only

Check for NHTSA recalls

Clek Oobr

Tested model: #OBM1U

Fits: 40 to 120 pounds

Rating applies to highback mode only

Check for NHTSA recalls

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Graco 4Ever All-in-1 featuring Safety Surround

Tested model: #1973647

Fits: Booster seat in high back belt-positioning mode from 30 to 100 pounds; backless belt-positioning mode from 40 to 120 pounds

Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode

Check for NHTSA recalls

Harmony Dreamtime

Tested model: #0303002

Fits: 30 to 110 pounds

Rating applies to backless mode and highback mode

Check for NHTSA recalls

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KidsEmbrace Fun-Ride Backless Batman

Tested model: #4801BAT

Fits: 4 years and older; 40 to 100 pounds; 40 to 57 inches in height

Available in backless only

Check for NHTSA recalls

Safety 1st Store 'n Go No-Back

Tested model: #BC070

Fits: 40 to 100 pounds and 43 to 57 inches in height

Available in backless only

Check for NHTSA recalls

 

Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle

Tested model: #IMVS00US35

Fits: Up to 120 pounds and 63 inches tall

Available in backless only

Check for NHTSA recalls

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