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Booster seat reviews 2012

Last updated: 12 September 2012

Children come in all shapes and sizes, so when selecting the appropriate child car restraint, age isn't the only factor to consider. You also need to take into account the physical size of your child, as restraints are designed to protect a child of a particular size. We review booster seats to help you find the best one for you. Our buying guide will help you decide which type of child car restraint you need.

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Our expert testers give each booster seat a thorough workout to help find the models that:
  • are are easiest to fit into a car
  • are easiest to use with respect to the harness and various adjustments.
We assess child restraints based only on ease of use and ease of fitting, but the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) provides crash test information on a number of these models.

This test was done in 2012 and many new models have since appeared on the market. You'll find many of the tested models still available new or second-hand. See our article on what not to buy second-hand, and our most recent child car restraint review.

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