Monthly Archive:: October 2008

The IIHS booster seat fit study – the “best” fitting booster seat?

As most of you are now aware, the IIHS has released the findings of their “fit” study on the effectiveness of Belt Positioning Booster (BPB) seats.  In this study, they did not actually crash test any of the various boosters seats – they just evaluated how the different boosters positioned the lap/soulder seatbelt on the 6 year old Hybrid III crash test dummy.  While I applaud the Institute for taking this initiative it is important that we, as parents, CPS technicians,  and advocates learn to assess what constitutes a “good belt fit” and what doesn’t.  Memorizing a list of “Best Bets” and “Not Recommended” choices isn’t very helpful overall, although I do think that some of those manufacturers who received several poor ratings for their products might want to seriously reevalute their designs.  Honestly, we’ve been saying for years that most combo and 3-in-1 seats do NOT do a very good job of positioning the seatbelt properly when the seat is used in booster mode.   Maybe now we’ll finally start to see some improvements in these suboptimal designs.  We can hope, right?         

Hey, Kid, Did Mom Really Put You in THAT Booster?

It’s sure to be all the rage among child safety advocates and all the panic among parents.  Did you hear?  Your booster may not be recommended!  If it had just been some leading consumer magazine with another sensationalist headline based on faulty test results, we’d be very skeptical.  This time, the report was from the IIHS and UMTRI, two institutions that are very highly respected in the child passenger safety community.

Is your child unsafe?  Should you run out to buy a new booster?  Maybe you should listen to Marvin’s 12 Steps for Safeness plan and avoid boosters altogether?  IS IT TIME TO PANIC?