• Alan Amsoil Posted: 12/22/2009 7:01am PST

    Great list - thanks fo rthis find. Looks like it is tiem fo rme to get rid of teh Eddie Bauer Deluxe!

  • Dorothy Miller Posted: 12/22/2009 8:36am PST

    This was on the news this morning

  • Suzan Posted: 12/22/2009 6:39pm PST

    Everyone should calm down and not get rid of their booster seats. There are a lot of flaws to the IIHS report. Where do I start?
    1. The IIHS does not take into consideration dynamic front, rear and side-impact standards testing. A “Not Recommended” rating does not mean that the product is unsafe. Instead it
    indicates that the seat belt is not optimally positioned per the evaluation criteria
    established by IIHS. Basing the “Not Recommended” rating only on optimum belt
    fit and ignoring the positive crash protection afforded by boosters is very short
    sighted.
    2. The report does not reference the validity of U.S. FMVSS 213 safety standards as the U.S. RECOGNIZED standard for car seat safety;
    3. The IIHS bases this seat belt safety test on a dummy that approximates a 6-year old child. But kids come in different sizes, weights, heights and ages, and you should fit your seat to the specific needs of your kids.
    4. They didn't actually specify their methodology for testing. Given that they're not even recognised as an authority of car seat safety.
    The car seats that you have (ie. Eddie Bauer, Cosco, Britax, Harmony Juvenile, whatever) are required to go through stringent safety tests, or they could not be put on sale -- the government wouldn't certify them, and the retailers wouldn't carry them. The IIHS report is based on SEAT BELT PLACEMENT ONLY, which is a very narrow view of car seat safety.
    I urge you to look at the safety results at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - the RECOGNIZED leader in car seat safety. Also, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is also a very reputable source for car seat info.
    The JPMA officially refuted the IIHS report here - http://www.jpma.org/pdfs/JPMA-IIHS_Booster_Seats.pdf
    Anyone can make sensational claims, write reports and get media coverage...it doesn't mean that they're true. The IIHS is misleading and confusing the customer with the subjective findings of this report. They've really done more of a disservice to the customer than anything. So let's not believe everything we hear before we get all the facts.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 12/23/2009 10:44am PST

    I am the person who authored several of the ground breaking reports in Consumers Union, publisher of CONSUMER REPORTS magazine. We used dynamic sled tests to reproduce crash testing; and I supported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in their development of the Federal standards for safe child car restraints. Having said all that to establish my credenbtials, I agree with Susan, but also praise IIHS for keeping this subject active.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 12/23/2009 10:46am PST

    Oh, BTW, thanks to Bengt for posting this piece. I couldn't figure out what "site" it would fit.

  • Child Booster Seat Posted: 1/27/2010 8:20pm PST

    The IIHS report is indeed very ambiguous . Thanks to Carl and Suzan for their comments . Hoping for all of you to shed some light on this topic a little more.

  • Britax Roundabout Posted: 2/24/2011 12:33pm PST

    Thanks for all of the info! We've been using the Britax Roundabout car seat with both of our children and we absolutely love how committed the company is to safety standards!