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Study: Booster seats are getting safer, but some should be avoided

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Booster seats for children riding in cars are getting safer, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

However, there are still some seats that parents want to avoid.

Twenty of the 23 booster seats new on the market this year are deemed a best-bet by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Three of them were rated “Good bets.”

“In this year’s booster rating, there aren’t any seats we wouldn’t recommend,” said Jessica Jermakian Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The non-profit research group tested both high-back and backless seats, measuring how the seat belt fits an average child in just about any vehicle.

“What we’re looking for is the lap belt to sit low across the top of the thighs. It’s not riding up on the soft tummy. And the shoulder belt needs to fit snuggly at the center of the shoulder. It shouldn’t be falling off the shoulder or riding up on the neck or face,” Jermakian said.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends parents still do their homework before making a purchase. 

Some booster seats from previous years, which are not recommended, are still for sale through several major online retailers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is calling on manufacturers of six older models that are not recommended to stop making them.

Anyone who has one should get a new one as soon as possible.

The IIHS said crash tests prove that any booster seat is better than no seat at all.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the best seats are not necessarily the most expensive. 

The group said there is one 2015 best bet seat that retails for $15.

For a full list of seats from the IIHS, click here.

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