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10Car seat manufacturer Graco recalling 3.8-million toddler and booster seats

Parents that move their tykes around with the help of a Graco car seat should take note - the company has announced that it's recalling 3.8-million units from model years 2009 to 2013, over concerns that children could become trapped.

1Most Booster Seats Do Well In New Safety Rankings

Half of all new booster seats in 2013 earned a 'best bet' rank

More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

3IIHS says booster seats are getting better, releases 2012 report

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has released its latest booster seat test results which show seat makers are more than ever designing better products.

5Record number of booster seats earn highest rating from IIHS

Ah, booster seats, the last removable throne before children earn the privilege of sitting their butts directly on a car's seat, which they'll then refuse to do until the day they turn 16 and start driving themselves. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began testing booster seats back in 2008, and this year's lot has produced a record number of BEST BETS designations, the highest rating the IIHS bestows upon a booster seat.

85Toxic chemicals found in over half of children's car seats

Car seats are undoubtedly a must-have if you want to keep your child safe in the car. Yet, as with so many other things, they can hide surprises that you might want your child to avoid. In this case the surprise is chemicals that, according to HealthyStuff.org, possess "known toxicity, persistence, and tendency to build up in people and the environment." They include bromine, chlorine and lead, among others.

17How government safety standards for car seats fail large children

Every parent does his or her best to keep their children safe. Car seats are a big part of that equation, and snapping our little cherubs into a five-point harness makes us feel like we've done our very best to care for our precious offspring. But are we really?

7IIHS rates 72 booster seats for belt fit

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its third round of booster seat evaluations in which researchers examine how well child safety restraints work with existing seat belts. According to the IIHS, a child booster seat should put the lower portion of the seat belt across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt at mid-shoulder. Those booster seats that met these criteria were awarded a Best Bet or Good Bet rating depending on effectiveness. Those that didn't adequately reposition

9Followup: NHTSA to allow vehicle-specific child seats after all?

Last week Volvo announced a range of car seats designed with Britax specifically for Volvo cars. The same announcement also stated the seats wouldn't be for sale in the U.S. because NHTSA doesn't allow the sale of car seats only meant for specific cars. In our reader poll of your opinion, more than 80% of you declared the feds universal child seat mandate wrong.

46REPORT: Federal laws keeping Volvo from offering safer child seats [w/POLL]

The safety-conscious folks over at Volvo have been hard at work with child seat maker Britax-Romer on developing a range of next-generation infant, child, and booster seats. And while the seats are going on sale elsewhere in the world, they apparently face an obstacle in the US: the National Higway Traffic Safety Administration. How's that? According to Inside Line, NHTSA mandates that every child seat must fit in every car, but the Volvo-branded seats have been developed to be Volvo-specific it

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