Originally Posted by mamadelbosque
No matter how 'crappy' you might think they are those ARE the seats that the vast majority of the public uses, so crash test data from real life IS indeed relavant to the vast majority. LOTS of people don't have the money for $200 boosters, so the "crappy" cosco booster or dorel 3 in 1 is whats available to them... I don't think the whole 'well they had crappy seats so what do you expect' is in the least bit relevant.
Wow..that's..a really odd way to misinterpret what I said.
I don't just "think" that they are crappy..they ARE crappy. That's not an opinion. And that is WHY I am a tech, to help get the word out that those seats are NOT good choices for boosters, because otherwise..how are parents to know?
As has already been said, one GREAT booster that is both widely available in almost all major stores, and is very cheap, is the Graco turbobooster.
The one *MY daughter* is riding in I got on sale at Big Lots for $25. Because no, I am NOT independently wealthy. In fact, my children have ridden in literally *THE* cheapest seats on the market. But the important thing is that these seats have been appropriate for the size and age of child, they have been installed correctly, and they have been used correctly.
It is absoutely possible to keep your child SAFE for less money, IF you know what seats to pick, which ones are a good value and will last a long time and do what needs to be done, and aren't overpriced or stupid due to low slots, a poor booster fit, or some other quirk.
That's why I try to help parents rigfht from the beginning, so they don't make a $150 mistake by buying a seat which is a REALLY bad choice.
In fact, I have written a number of informative posts about how exactly you can keep your child the safest, for the longest, using the least amount of money.
I WAS that parent who went to the store, not knowing much, and bought a seat off the shelf. Turned out to be an AWFUL choice, and was outgrown super quickly, and I wasted all that money on a convertible, only to have to buy another one...and another one...because I kept making the wrong choices. Because I did NOT understand about how the top slot height often has more to do with when a seat is outgrown that the stated weight limit. I didn't understand how shell height relates to Rearfacing time. I didn't understand how the FIT of the booster is what matters, and that many boosters on the market do NOT place the vehicle belts correctly, therefore completely negating the entire purpose of the booster in the first place!
But I researched, and learned, and eventually became certified as a tech, and now I try to help other parents. So they DON'T make those same mistakes, so they DON'T waste their money on seats that won't last very long, or that aren't appropriate for their child or vehicle, or that are CRAPPY at what they supposedly do.
chickabiddy said it all more eloquently and concisely than I did..that's one of her many talents.
But despite my lesser conversational skills, I am also passionate and skilled and experienced, and i want children to be as safe as possible. And with education and help, most parents can make better choices, so that more kids are safer.
Trust me..I am NOT out there advocating mythical $200 boosters, I'm trying to let people know when big lots gets them for $25. I *do* understand.