Protect Your Precious Cargo With IIHS BEST BET Rated Booster Seats

You've probably heard of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and know to look for cars that earn the IIHS's TOP SAFETY PICK rating—like the 2017 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Fusion.

But did you know the IIHS rates booster seats, too?

Most children under 13 are too small for a vehicle's safety belts, designed to restrain adult passengers, to fit correctly. Because of a child's short stature, it is common for lap belts to fit across the abdomen (setting the child up for organ damage in a crash), and shoulder belts to cross the neck instead of the chest (which can allow the child's body to move out of position in a crash, or directly injure their neck).

Booster seats correct these issues, so belts fit properly, keeping your child safe and protected.

Not all booster seats are equal, however. The IIHS tests booster seats by seeing how well they fit on various child-size crash-test dummies, and in different seats. This gives an idea of how likely the seat is to fit any child between 4 and 8 years old, in any type of vehicle, from sedans to SUVs. Boosters that create a good belt fit in most situations are rated BEST BETs.

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