New Booster Seat Ratings Released
Wed, 9/08/2010 4:04 PM
Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a third round of evaluations of the fit of 72 booster seats. The safest seats received the top ratings of "best bet" or "good bet," because they correctly position belts on average booster-age kids in most vehicles. The worst performers are ones the Institute doesn't recommend because they do a poor job of fitting belts. A good booster routes the lap belt across a child's upper thighs and positions the shoulder belt at mid-shoulder.
Good Belt Fit
Booster seats elevate children so that safety belts, which are designed for adults, will fit better. The lap belt should fit flat across a child's upper thighs, not the soft abdomen. Good booster seats have belt-routing features that hold lap belts down and forward. The shoulder belt should cross snugly over the middle of the shoulder to provide effective protection in a crash.
Poor Belt Fit
Not all boosters provide a good safety belt fit. Here the lap belt is too high on the abdomen, and the shoulder belt is too close to the neck.
To find out how your Booster Seat rates, visit http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr090810.html
Improvements Have Been Made
Confused - What Should You Do?
“Real children are not crash test dummies, so every seat can fit differently. Booster seats come in all shapes and sizes, so take your child with you to pick out the booster seat that will fit best. Don't panic if your booster seat shows up on a 'not recommended list'. The booster seat that doesn't fit the crash dummy may fit your child perfectly,” remarked Susan A. Helms R.N., M.A.L.S., director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South.
The Numbers Tell the Truth: Booster Seats Save Lives
The most important factor is how a booster seat fits your child. Here are some guidelines.
2010 2011 2012 848 aap abbott abuse academy accident accutane acetaminophen acl acne activities activity adams adolescent adolescents adolesence advice advocacy age-appropriate airplane alarms alcohol alcohol-poisoning alex-arevalo allergies allergy allison-beck allregies alvord amanda-helton american american-academy-pediatrics amy anami anaphylaxis and andrew andrew-wakefield anesthesia ankle antibiotics anxiety appendectomy appendicitis apples appreciation arm's-reach-concepts arnold arrhythmia asthma athletes atv aulfinger autism autism-speaks awareness babies baby baby-bottles baby-monitors baby-safety-month babysitter back back-pain back-to-school backpacks bacterial bad barry-gilmore basket batteries battery-safety be be-proud! be-responsible! bear bed beds bedside bedtime bedtime-routine bedwetting bee belly-button belt belts benadryl bike bike-safety bike-safety. bites blinds bmi boating body bones bonheur booster booster-seat booster-seats boosters bottle bottles boys bpa brain-awarness brain-development brain-injury brain-tumor brandon-edgerson breast-feeding-awareness-week breastfeeding breastmilk bronchiolitis burn burn-prevention burns caffeine car car-safety carbon-monoxide cardiology care cars cdc center-for-children-and-parents child child-life children children's choking christie christie-michael clinic clinical-dietitian cold concussion concussions consumer-product-safety-commission cough crib cribs cynthia-cross danielle-keeton death derek derek-kelly dermatology development diabetes diet dinner disease drinks driving drop-side drowning early-development eczema emergency emergency-department emergency-services endocrinology energy epilepsy equipment exercise fall family fda fdc fever fire fire-safety firework flu food-allergies fourth-of-july frizzell frostbite fun gastroenterology ginger-joe guidelines h1n1 halloween hamblen healthy healthy-lifestyle heart heat heat-safety holiday holidays home homework hormones hospital hot how-to hydration hypothermia immunization immunizations infant infants infection infectious infectious-disease influenza injuries injury institute james-wheless jean-ballweg jerome-thompson john-devincenzo john-hill john-paul-carpenter jon jon-mccullers katelyn-wolfe kathryn-mcvicar katie keith-english kelley-lee kelly kids kip kip-frizzell le lead life lunch make-a-splash mark-corkins mccullers measles media medicine michael mid-south midsouth milk mri mrsa multivitamins nanny nap nephrology neurology neuroscience neuroscience-institute new newborn nurse-family-partnership nutrition obesity orthopedics otc otolaryngology parenting parents pediatric pediatric-epilepsy pediatrician pertussis pharmacy physical play poison poisoning preparation prevention puberty public-policy reading recall recalls risk robert-ferry robert-schoumacher routine rsv ruth-munday safe safe-kids safe-kids-mid-south safety sandy-arnold school scoliosis seasonal seat seats seizures sex shopping sids skills skin sleep smoke smoke-alarms snacking snow sore-throat spina-bifida spine sports sports-safety staph strangulation stroke stroller summer sun sunscreen support surgery susan-helms swim swimming symptoms talking teens texting thanksgiving thomas-hobson tips to toys trampoline trauma travel tylenol u.s. vaccine vaccines virus water water-safety west-nile-virus whooping window winter wreg
|Contact Us||Patient Privacy Practices||Disclaimer||Newsroom||Our Centers of Excellence|
Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center is a leading children's hospital in the Mid South, providing pediatric care to children from 95 counties in six states.
50 N. Dunlap Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 • (901) 287-KIDS