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This is a great booster -- I've had it for 2
on August 12, 2014
This is a great booster -- I've had it for 2.5 years and it's still going strong! A response to the negative comments regarding belt positioning boosters: guys, when using five point harness boosters, PLEASE pay attention to the weight limit on your car's LATCH anchors (there is one) AND the weight limit on the booster seat's connections to the LATCH (again, there is one, and in both cases it may be only 48 pounds). A five point harness is only as safe as the connections attaching the seat to the car are strong -- just like a chain is only as strong as the weakest link. And the worse the crash and the heavier the kid, the stronger the forces deforming those anchors and anchor connectors will be. There is a lot of false advertising out there, and because this is an issue that requires some engineering knowledge, or at least some common sense, it is easy to be fooled. For example, I also own a popular five-point booster for my smaller preschooler. Right on the box it was advertised as a five-point harness booster rated for kids up to 100 pounds. Months after installing it I was horrified to discover that for use with LATCH it was only rated to 48 pounds. I had been putting my five year old in it on occasion, thinking he was actually safer riding in his sister's seat than he was in his booster -- wrong! In a crash he might have stayed securely attached to the seat, but since he was over the weight limit the seat might not have stayed securely attached to the car. The seat alone doesn't protect your child. The seat needs to stay attached to the car to work.
Parents, you know your kids. If they are cautious in the car and aware of safety, and don't unbuckle themselves or fiddle with the belts, or otherwise do anything to mess with the belt positioning, this is a great seat for kids within the age, height and weight limits. It is durable, sturdy, and doesn't show wear. The covers wash. The cupholders are easy to clean. And it will last and last and last, even after your big kid grows too tall for the back. You just take the back off and voila -- backless booster. Best of all, they are more or less held directly against the car by a correctly positioned seatbelt in a crash.
If you do have a kid over the weight limit for LATCH who won't stay in their seat, or unbuckles the seatbelt, or what have you, then please, remember to attach a seat with a five point harness to the car using the seatbelt and not the LATCH.