Staying Safe with booster seats

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New tests of car booster seats found about one-third of them don't adequately protect children in a crash. Here's what you should know to Stay Safe.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 41 brands of booster seats and found 13 did a poor job positioning children to fit in their seat belts. That's the whole purpose of a booster.

The better booster positions a child so the belt goes across the lap not stomach, and across the shoulder, not chest.

Parents say the information is helpful and frustrating. Gwen Good said, "You think you have the right booster seat, you're trying to protect your child and you never know when they're going to come out with this news saying it doesn't work. Why are they on the market if they're not going to be safe for your child?"

Advocates do say even a questionable seat is better than none at all.

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