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Graco Highback TurboBooster Car Seat, Spitfire
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347 of 364 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
I bought it because it is recommended by Consumer Reports and also it is probably the narrowest booster seat out there with good test results. My child is happy with it. Oh, and the price is right too, much cheaper than Britax which I also have for my other child. Comparing between the two of them, the Britax probably has slightly better fabric, but in terms of cushioning, I find them pretty much the same.
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1,587 of 1,706 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
I am an RN and a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (I work at Childrens' Hospital in OK) and want to point out that these are WONDERFUL booster seats.
However, this is NOT an appropriate seat for any child below the age of 5-6 regardless of their weight/height.

I realize on the product description that they say this item is approved for children as young as three. They need to change this immediately! Children as young as three are not physically or developmentally ready for a booster. They are likely to climb out, or unbuckle themselves, or move the shoulder strap behind their back which is very dangerous. (You will notice that all new cars that are manufactured now no longer have lap belts only as they are so unsafe)

Children that are less than 5-6 can be seriously injured if riding in any kind of booster seat. They need to be in a five point harness still. Their skeletons are too fragile for a the "three point harness" of an adult seatbelt- a five point harness spreads crash forces over a larger, stronger portions of the body (shoulders, hips, crotch- where there are strong bones) and an adult seatbelt, even when the child is in a booster, crosses their abdomen too much instead of their hips. If you were to get into a crash, many of their internal organs in their abdomen could be lacerated (cut into internally) and they could bleed to death inside in a matter of minutes.
I really hope you will consider keeping your young children, who I am sure you adore and love very much, in a five point harness. There are many on the market that have higher weight limits (All that I have listed here go up to 50, 60, 65, 70, or even 80 pounds)these days... Britax Frontier, Diono Radian, Graco MyRide, Graco Size4Me, Britax Marathon, Evenflo Maestro just to name a few.
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194 of 211 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2014
First let's make this clear as most of the 1 or 2 star reviewers seem to not understand this vitally important point. A child's car safety seat is anchored to the main car seat using either the LATCH system or, in older cars, using the car seat belt itself, and the child is then restrained by the harness of the safety seat. A booster seat should NOT be anchored to the main car seat. A booster's function is as the name suggests, to boost the child into a position that allows the car seat belt to restrain the child. As the belt is running through guides on the booster, if the booster is anchored then this restricts the seat belt from operating safely and will actually delay the point at which the seat belt locks in a collision and is potentially lethal to your child. A booster MUST be allowed to move with the child for safety's sake. That being said, this Graco Turbobooster I have now owned for 2 months and it's money well spent. I wanted a seat with a removable back so that when my daughter gets a little bigger we can remove the back and just use the base to elevate her to the correct height for the seat belt to safely restrain her. The arm rests despite being an extremely tight fit also have screws to fix them in place, not only to stop the child from removing them but they also serve as the lower seat belt guides. The head "wings" section is also adjustable for growth and seat belt alignment. Each front corner of the seat has a retractable cup holder that can be pushed back into the base, tucking them out of the way. The seat belt guides, (by the head and under the arm rests hold the car seat belt in the perfect position across the shoulder and across the lap for paramount safety. ..... and my daughter loves it. Now, these reviews are all very well, but as I pointed out earlier, some are reviewing it without truly understanding how it functions. This particular booster is one of only six, (of which Graco make three), that is considered "Best Bet" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, (IIHS), in both backless mode and highback mode, (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/child-boosters/best-bets). THAT is the review that is most important. The point it is making is that those six seats tested are the only ones that in both modes position the child so that the seat belt is in the correct and safe position in almost all cars, minivans and SUVs. You can get others that are "Best Bets", but they will be recommended in either backless only or base only modes. If you want one which you can remove the back later as your child gets bigger then this Graco Turbobooster is a solid, sound choice and one you can make with confidence. Considering all the safety aspects first, (the only things that should be considered when buying safety equipment), the fact that this is also completely affordable is the icing on the cake, and made my choice a no brainer!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
My daughter loves this booster seat. It is easy to put together, quick to adjust, light to carry and safe. She also loves the cup holders.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
Bought this for my 3 year old son. He absolutely love this seat!!! We have been through some too!!! LOL I will be getting one for my daughter when she needs it!!!!
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84 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
First I checked for the safest seat. This came up as one and it was reasonably priced too. I loved that it was available in different colors but the Spitfire was my favorite - dark so any dirt from use won't show up but the green contrast. The instructions are very clear and detailed with accurate diagrams.

My daughter was happy to get carseat - she had another one but she it was stolen. She sat in it and wiggled around a bit with a smile on her face. She complained about the head 'cushions' were touching her ears. But within 10 minutes on the road she was sound asleep. Her head fell forward a bit but not as much as in the other chair. What made me give 5 Stars was what happened when I was taking her from the car: she was still sleeping, when I lift her out she cried out and said "Put me back in the seat"!! I put her back in the seat and she adjusted herself as if to continue sleeping there instead of on her bed!! (100% honest)!!!

If I had to change one thing I would make the arm handles moveable - i.e. able to move from horizontal to vertical. This feature facilitates easier entrance and exit to and from the seat.

Well, this was the maiden voyage (first ride). Will update if anything further develops.

UPDATE 08/17/13: 2 years later we are still using this car seat. She is about 50" and 60lbs, so she will outgrow maybe in a year. Still comfortable. Have it with the back upright still. Very Durable! Nothing is wrong with it and she rides it 6 of 7 days every week. Long trips and all.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2014
Believe it or not, I bought this to replace my pricey Britax Pioneer when we were ready to switch to booster mode. It's an infinitely better fit for my 6 year old, and most importantly, she can buckle the seat herself.

Don't be fooled my higher priced seats - I'm a certified child passenger safety technician...and it's FIT and PROPER USE that matters. Not the bells and whistles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
This is a favorite carseat in our house. It seems well made, extremely easy to use, and appears to be a comfortable fit for our daughter.
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94 of 130 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
I purchased this booster because of the great safety ratings and because I have always been very satisfied with Graco products. We've now had it about a month and I am really regretting our choice. I wanted a highback booster for my 6-year-old, but am tempted now to remove the back. The big problem with this booster is that the guide for the shoulder strap is not well designed. The strap is constantly getting twisted (because it can't lay flat in the guide) or coming out of the guide. Today I realized that the belt is not retracting when my son gets out of the car, because it is stuck in the guide - which means if it needed to retract in an accident, it couldn't. That is BIG concern to me.

Re. some of the other negative review: 1) Boosters aren't supposed to have a LATCH system, so that really shouldn't be a criticism of a booster and 2) boosters are not designed for 3-year-olds. By law, many states require a 5-point-harness for children under age 4.

I love Graco and am really disappointed that they let me down this time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2015
My kid is uncomfortable in this car seat. When he falls asleep he's at an awkward position. When he wakes up he's saying ow ow ow. It was irritating to put together and it feels cheap. I would not recommend this product to anyone.
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