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Best Booster Seats For Your Child’s Ride

New Report Reveals Best and Worst Booster Seats for Your Child 1:53

Looking for a new booster seat for your child? Of the 41 new models available in 2014, all but three were recommended for use by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit organization focused on road safety.

The institute said it gives boosters a rating of BEST BET, GOOD BET, Check Fit or Not Recommended, using a protocol that involves measuring how three-point lap and shoulder belts fit a child-size test dummy seated in the device on a stationary test fixture. The evaluations don't involve crash tests.

Prices for BEST BET boosters range from $25 to $370.

Here’s IIHS’ list of booster seat rankings:

BEST BET

  • Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Baby Trend Hybrid No Back (backless)
  • Britax Frontier 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pinnacle 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pioneer 70 (highback)
  • BubbleBum Neon (backless)
  • Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
  • Diono Solana (backless)
  • Dream On Me Turbo Booster (highback mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster (highback mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65 (highback)
  • Evenflo Chase (highback)
  • Evenflo Symphony 65 (highback)
  • Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Graco 4Ever All-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Graco 4Ever All-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Graco Milestone All-in-1 (highback)
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround (highback mode)
  • Kids Embrace Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (highback)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP (highback mode)
  • Maxi-Cosi RodiFix (highback)
  • Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120 (highback mode)
  • Recaro Performance Booster (highback)
  • Safety 1st Store 'n Go (highback mode)
  • Safety 1st Store 'n Go No-Back (backless)
  • Safety 1st Summit 65 (highback)

GOOD BET

  • Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Cybex Solution Q-Fix (highback)
  • Diono Rainier (highback)

CHECK FIT

  • Dream On Me Coupe Booster (backless)
  • Dream On Me Turbo Booster (backless mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster (backless mode)
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround (backless mode)
  • Harmony Folding Travel Booster (highback)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP (backless mode)
  • Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120 (backless mode)
  • Safety 1st Store ’n Go (backless mode)

NOT RECOMMENDED

  • Diono Olympia (highback)
  • Diono Pacifica (highback)
  • Kids Embrace Batman No Back Booster (backless)