• November 7, 2013

    More booster seats grab top ratings

    Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.

  • October 25, 2012

    Most new booster seats provide good belt fit

    Fifteen of 17 booster seats introduced in 2012 earn the top rating of BEST BET from IIHS. BEST BET boosters now outnumber seats in any of the three other categories for the first time since the Institute released its inaugural booster ratings in 2008. In all, there are 47 BEST BET boosters for 2012. Two boosters are not recommended because they don’t provide proper belt fit.

  • April 12, 2012

    Vehicle seat designs hinder child restraint installation

    Many automakers aren’t paying attention to the key factors that make it easier to install child restraints using LATCH, new research shows. Only 21 of the 98 top-selling 2010-11 model passenger vehicles evaluated have easy-to-use LATCH designs. This is the main finding of a joint study by the Institute and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

  • October 13, 2011

    More booster seats get top marks

    A good fit is easier than ever to find when shopping for a booster seat. A record 31 seats have earned the Institute’s Best Bet rating because they correctly position a safety belt on a typical 4 to 8 year-old in almost any vehicle.

  • September 8, 2010

    Boosters improve with 21 BEST BETs in latest ratings

    Boosters are better than they used to be at fitting lap and shoulder belts on 4- to 8-year-old kids to restrain them in a crash. So parents don't have to search as hard for a good fit for their child and vehicle. Most belt-positioning boosters, though, don't offer consistently good fit in all vehicles. That's the bottom line in the third round of booster evaluations by IIHS.

  • December 22, 2009

    9 BEST BETS AND 6 GOOD BETS in new booster ratings

    New ratings from IIHS take the guesswork out of selecting boosters most likely to provide good lap and shoulder belt fit in a range of vehicles. The Institute rates nine belt-positioning boosters BEST BETS and six GOOD BETS out of 60 models examined in a new round of evaluations. Eleven boosters aren't recommended at all because they do such a poor job of fitting the belt.

  • October 1, 2008

    First IIHS booster ratings: 13 seats are not recommended

    Booster seats are meant to do one thing — elevate children so that safety belts designed for adults are in the right position to restrain kids during a crash. Thirteen of the 41 belt-positioning booster seats IIHS evaluated with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute did such a poor job that they are not recommended at all. Ten models are best bets and 5 are good bets.

  • June 11, 2003

    Despite LATCH, not every child seat fits in every vehicle

    A federal rule requiring special attachments to anchor infant and child restraints in vehicles is making installation easier, but not all child restraints fit easily in all vehicles. This is the main finding of the Institute's first review of the federal requirements.

  • December 20, 2000

    Best and worst state traffic safety laws

    For the first time, IIHS has conducted a comprehensive assessment of key traffic safety laws in every state and the District of Columbia. Researchers rated laws on alcohol-impaired driving, young driver licensing, safety belts, child restraints, motorcycle helmets and laws allowing red light cameras.

  • March 30, 1999

    Many children still ride unrestrained or in front seat

    Parents and other drivers on U.S. roads still have a long way to go when it comes to protecting children in motor vehicles. Despite extensive publicity aimed at getting children restrained and riding in the rear seats of vehicles, observational surveys in three states show many children still riding unrestrained.

  • December 14, 1998

    Black and Hispanic children at high risk of crash death

    Per mile traveled, black and Hispanic male teenagers are nearly twice as likely to die in a motor vehicle crash as male teens who are white. The risk of black children ages 5 to 12 dying in a crash per mile of travel is almost three times as great as that of white children.

  • June 27, 1997

    Children are always safer riding restrained in the back

    A new Institute study shows children are nearly always safer when they ride in the back seat — even if a vehicle doesn't have a passenger airbag.