Child Car Seats: How To Find The Best Value

Parents and caregivers have many different choices when it comes to choosing car seats to safely transport their children in the family vehicle.

How do you find the best value car seat? It all comes down to selecting the car seat that is the best to meet your needs, fits your vehicle and your budget.

Recommended car seats

Among the recommended child car seats: Chicco KeyFit and Chicco KeyFit 30, Combi Shuttle, Safety 1st onboard35, Britax B-Safe, UPPAbaby Mesa, The First Years Via 1470, Graco Snugride 30 and 35, Cybex Aton.

Best booster seat recommendations include: Britax Frontier 90 combination booster seat, Graco HighBack TurboBooster, Evenflo Maestro, Diono RadianR100 convertible, Britax Parkway SGL, Clek Oobr and Cosco Pronto.

Best value

In terms of price, the best value child car seats include:

  • Cosco Pronto – Retails for around $35
  • Graco HighBack TurboBooster – Around $45-$50 retail
  • Evenflo Maestro – About $80 retail
  • Graco Snugride 30 – Around $100 retail
  • Safety 1st onBoard35 – About $100 retail
  • Britax B-Safe – Retail price ranges from $120-$230
  • The First Years Via 1470 – ranging from  $148-$248

Help to buy or find proper child seats

With a new child on the way, or another addition to the family, may mean budgets are already stretched thin. Some assistance in finding affordable child car seats may be available from certain resources. Check with the hospital. They may be able to provide an infant seat to bring the baby home, or give you a list of resources. Other places to check include the police department and fire station, as well as the local health department, school district and Women, Infant and Children (WIC).

Check out Parents Central, the new website from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and SafeKids for helpful car seat safety, installation tips and car-seat checkup events and locations.

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