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Three out of four child booster seats fail safety test

WASHINGTON. - Tuesday, a group of highway safety experts released their take on the best child booster seats available and several manufacturers ended up with seats on both the 'recommended' and 'not recommended' lists.

Studies show children, ages 4 to 8, are 45 percent less likely to suffer serious injury in accidents if they're in a booster seat and if that booster is properly belted.

Experts say seat belts that cross a child's stomach can cause abdominal injury and belts that cross the neck or too low on the chest can lead to head and spine injuries and that's what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety focused on for its latest ratings on booster seats.

'Best' list:

  • Combi Dakota backless/clip
  • Recaro Young sport 
  • Recaro vivo 
  • Maxi-cosi rodi xr 
  • Evenflo big kid amp backless/clip 
  • Eddie Bauer auto booster 
  • Cosco juvenile pronto 
  • Britax frontier 
  • Clek oobr


'Good Bets' list:

  • combi kobuk backless/clip
  • maxi-cosi rodi 
  • evenflo symphony 65 
  • britax parkway sg 
  • graco turbobooster safeseat wander 
  • graco turbobooster safeseat sachi

'Not Recommended' list:

  • harmony secure comfort deluxe backless/clip
  • combi kobuk 
  • evenflo express 
  • eddie bauer deluxe 
  • safety 1st alpha omega elite 
  • evenflo sightseer 
  • alpha omega elite 
  • eddie bauer deluxe 3-in-1 
  • safety 1st all-in-one 
  • alpha omega luxe echelon 
  • alpha omega

"Parents should avoid buying the 11 boosters on our "not recommended" list. These seats do not provide good belt fit," said Anne McCartt of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Seven of the eleven on the list come from one manufacturer, Dorel Juvenile Group, that offers the Eddie Bauer, Safety 1st and Alpha Omega brands.

Dorel pointed out that several of its seats made the 'best' or 'good bets' lists and says all of its seats meet or exceed government regulations.

Evenflo said the same thing when contacted. It, too, had seats that tested well but two fell under 'not recommended' and Evenflo says all of its child restraint seats undergo rigorous testing.

Harmony strongly defended its secure comfort deluxe and questioned the institute's testing procedures.

The makers of the Combi Kobuk are curious because they say its seat has passed previous institute testing.

Most safety experts say poorer performing seats still protect children in crashes.

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