Monthly Archive:: December 2009

Take Time to Make Time.


No breaking child passenger safety news today, so just a little public service announcement borrowing from the words of The Little River Band.  Do it in the name of holiday spirit, or maybe as a new year’s resolution.  Do it for a spouse, significant other, child, parent, sibling, friend or all of the above!  Today, put aside some time in the future so that you can connect and enjoy each other.  It’s worth every minute!

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, feel free to leave a comment with yours, CPS related or otherwise!

Please have a safe holiday season and a happy new year!  If you are celebrating on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, please buckle up and designate a driver if you need one!

As a side note, we have announced winners for two of our booster week giveaways, noted in the comments of each giveaway blog.  Congratulations to the winners!  With the holiday break, I am still awaiting a drawing for the final one!

CarseatBlog will be back next week!

Santa’s Booster Bonanza Continues: A Cosco Pronto!


Dorel has generously agreed to sponsor today’s giveaway, a Cosco Pronto Booster in a random fabric pattern!  While we don’t have a review of the Cosco Pronto yet, it is another model that scored a “Best Bet” in the new IIHS Booster testing.  Shipping is to the USA and Canada only.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog!  Now, for the fine print again:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Also, please note that you may enter and be eligible for any of our other giveaways running at the same time as this one! Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.  We politely ask that you only enter if you intend to use this booster seat and would also appreciate the favor of a followup comment about the Pronto in reply to this contest blog.  A random winner will be chosen on Wednesday (December 30) out of the eligible comments left in reply to this blog.  Please note that delivery will not be in time for Christmas and will most likely be in early January!

Some Responses to the new IIHS Booster Seat Test Ratings


Kecia has already covered the IIHS results in great detail.  Other organizations and manufacturers have also responded to these new ratings.  For example, the JPMA has released a response.  They make a number of reasonable points, many of which parallel some of Kecia’s comments.  I do find it a little disingenuous that they are, “not aware of any reports of abdominal injury in crashes in booster car seats.”  Closing your eyes to the reality of a poorly designed or improperly fitted booster seat does not mean the problem simply does not exist.  In defense of these new ratings, the IIHS may well identify some products that can be improved because they don’t work as well in as many situations.  The JPMA believes the primary purpose of a belt positioning booster is to lift up and reposition a child so the vehicle seat fits better.  We think the primary purpose is more basic: to reduce the risk of injury as much as possible.  Lifting and repositioning is a major part of that.  Doing it in a manner that fits the greatest number of kids in the widest variety of vehicles is also an important part.  The criteria used by the IIHS have been widely recognized as being necessary for proper fit for a long time.  Shame on the JPMA for failing to recognize that boosters designs vary greatly and that they can be improved and be made even safer with new innovations.

The Scoop on the IIHS Booster Seat Tests: From “Best Bet” to “Not Recommended”


Recaro Young Sport - BPB 4Today the IIHS released the results of its second round of booster seat fit tests.  They tested 60 seats and grouped the results into 4 performance categories – Best Bets, Good Bets, (Questionable or Inconsistent) and Not Recommended.   All the tests were conducted using the 6-year-old Hybrid III dummy which weighs 51.6 lbs, has an overall height of almost 45″ tall, and a seated height of 25″.  These results evaluate belt fit – not crash protection.  In each case, the boosters were given a total of 8 scores – 4 for lap belt fit and 4 for shoulder belt fit.  The 4 conditions span the range of seatbelt configurations in different vehicles.  The overall rating that each booster received was based on the range of scores for each measurement.

The Today Show ran a segment this morning on the results of this testing and they even interviewed our very own Darren Qunell!  High-fives going out to the Qunell kids for being such great booster models!

This second round of tests cannot be directly compared with the 1st round of test results from the IIHS because the engineers have modified the test device and protocol.  These changes will supposedly make it easier for manufacturers to reliably reproduce the results.  This probably explains why the Combi Kobuk highback model dropped from a “Good Bet” in the 1st round of testing to a “Not Recommended” in this second round.  It is worth mentioning that the Kobuk when used without the back portion (as a backless booster) was rated a “Best Bet” in both the 1st and 2nd rounds of IIHS testing.  Unfortunately, The Kobuk is not currently available in just a backless version so consumers would have no choice but to buy the full highback version if they wanted this “Best Bet” pick.