EL PASO — New test results released Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show booster seats for children are safer than ever.
In 2008, the institute could only find 10 booster seats worthy of its highest rating and today there are nearly 50.
"It's very important to properly secure the child in the child restraint," said Co-owner of Make Room For Baby, Jaime Mata. "It saves their lives."
Mata who has ran the store for about 4 years said the biggest change he has seen is manufacturers are making the seats easier to install.
"They've made them easier to install which is usually the biggest reason children are hurt because the child seats are not installed correctly," Mata said.
In some of the models tested, the institute found the lap belt fits tightly over the thighs preventing possible injury in the event of a crash.
Mata said they recommend 5-point harness that will distribute impact to five different parts of the body.
Make Room for Baby
7100 Gateway East Suite A El Paso, TX 79915
(915) 781-BABY (2229)
2012 IIHS booster evaluation results
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