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15 New Child Booster Seats Win Top Rating From IIHS

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 8, 2012

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has given 15 new booster seats its top rating for safety, according to a recent press release from the organization. The booster seats first appeared on the U.S. market in 2012.

The 15 newly-introduced booster seats join 32 other seats that are recommended by the IIHS for child passenger safety. Booster seats are designed for children who are too large for child safety seats, but not yet big enough for a seat belt to fit them properly when they are seated in a car. The booster seat lifts the child up so that both the lap and shoulder portions of the belt fit properly, providing the necessary protection from passenger injuries if the car is involved in an accident.

Two additional booster seats also released this year are not recommended by the IIHS, which says the manufacturer should redesign them for better fit. Both non-recommended seats, the Safety 1st All-in-One and the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite, are manufactured by Dorel. According to the IIHS, when these are used as booster seats, the lap belt and shoulder belt are not positioned correctly on most children. This improper fit can make some injuries in a car accident worse, instead of preventing them.

If your child has been injured in a car accident, an experienced Seattle car accident child injury lawyer at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help you figure out exactly what caused your child’s injuries and seek compensation from any parties whose negligence may be responsible. Call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.

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