Booster Seat Ratings Released

New safety ratings are out to help parents keep young children safe in the family car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced its 'best bets' in booster seats.

The Institute for Highway Safety says a record number of new booster seat models earned the institute's 2014 "best bet" rating with 27 out of 41 providing solid seat belt fit on kids in a range of vehicles.

The lap belt should cross high on the thigh, not the abdomen - with the shoulder belt firmly in the middle of the shoulder. Improperly fitted seatbelts can actually hurt kids, causing neck lacerations and other problems. 

The institute says consumers should avoid the Diono “Olympia” and “Pacifica” models --  and the “*Kids Embrace Batman No Back” booster because of poor seat belt fit.   

Research shows a good booster seat cuts the risk of crash injuries by 45 percent for kids four to eight years old. 

For a full list of the institute's ratings, you can visit this website.