The latest research from , which studies real world crash data, shows that kids in booster seats in the back seat are 45 percent less likely to be injured than kids who are only wearing a seat belt. This good news about the safety of car booster seats is tempered by recently released booster car seat fit ratings from the , which rated a fairly large number of booster car seats as "poor." What do these booster car seat safety ratings mean for your child?
That said, I do not think that the IIHS booster seat safety ratings are the definitive ranking of which boosters are safe, nor do I think you need to immediately throw away a booster car seat if it got a "poor" rating from IIHS. Here's why.