The Best Child Car Seats Of 2016
After doing a whole lot of research, here are our suggestions for the best child car seats of 2016, along with the top reasons we think they are #1. PS: After you check out this list, don’t forget to read our write-up on the history of child car seats, as well as some useful tips. Now, on to our list!
- Evenflo Big Kid AMP Booster Car Seat, Sprocket
- 1444 reviews
- 2 seats to one
- 6 positons
- 2 drink holder
- extra protection
- installation easy
- headrest pillows
- 4.5 /5 rating
- est. $35
2. Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat
- 1048 reviews
- 4.5/5 rating
- est. $25 (you get what you pay for)
- 6 years and up only
- no installation
- not for everyone
3. Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base
- est. $200
- 4.5/5 rating
- 570 reviews
- #1 in America
- easy to install
- easy to adjust
- accommodates newborns
- sporty and magical canopy
- very safe
4. Combi Shuttle Infant Car Seat
- est. $140
- 4.5/5 rating
- 360 degrees protection
- travel friendly
- well engineered
- push button connectors
5. Cybex Aton 2
- best performance in crash test
- special “load leg” feature is optional
- light weight carrier
- energy absorbing shell
6. UPPAbaby Mesa Infant
- est. $300
- 4.5/5 rating
- smart connections
- adjustable headrests
- no rethread harness
- performance travel system
- great crash test performance
7. Britax Frontier Clicktight Combination Harness-2-Booster
- 600 reviews rate this seat close to perfect
- click tight installation
- safe cell impact protection
- 9 position harness with 2 position buckle (grows with the child)
- front adjust recline
8. Britax B-Safe 35/B-Safe Elite Base
- perfection from 91 customers
- safe cell absorbing base
- safe cell steel frame
- safe centre latch installation
- light weight
The type of seat your child needs depends on the age of your child, whether your child has any special needs, and finally, the size and type of vehicle you use.
There is lots of great information on the ‘net, but here are some golden rules that will keep your child as safe as possible …
Kids Car Seat Tips
- All kids under 2 years should ride in a rear facing seat.
- Purchased the best possible forward facing seat with a harness after age 2 years.
- Once your child has outgrown the car seat, use the “belt positioning booster seat” until your child can properly use the regular lap and shoulder car seat belts provided with the car.
- All kids under 13 years should ride in the back of the car.
- Always buckle up!
A Brief History Of Child Car Seats
Imagine a burlap sack with a draw string hung over the head rest of the passenger’s seat. That was pretty much the first attempt at providing a car seat for a child prior to 1930.
In 1933, the Bunny Bear Company in the U.S., provided a booster seat for the back seat of the automobile. This seat was higher than the regular back seat so the parents in the front could see the child better.
By 1940, canvas seats with metal frames were being manufactured. These seats attached to the front seat so the child could see out the front window. The main objective was to keep the child in one place and boost the child so he or she can see out the windows.
There are still places in the world where passengers, including very small children, ride in the back of pickup trucks with no protection. Or a man driving a motor cycle with his wife on the passenger seat behind, carrying a baby, with a small child squeezed in between. These countries have no safety laws to protect children in 2016.
It wasn’t until 1959 when the 3 point seat belt with the lap and shoulder belt was introduced into automobiles. Briton Jean Ames designed a rear facing car seat with a Y strap and Len Rivkin from the U.S., came up with a metal frame facing the rear into which a child would be strapped.
In 1968, the Ford Motor company finally got serious and developed the “tot guard” seat and General Motors made the “love seat” for toddlers. This was the first attempt to protect children while riding in a motor vehicle. Soon after came the “Bobby Mac” convertible seat.
It took another 10 years before the National Highway Traffic Safety Federation in the U.S. adopted car seat safety regulations. The child as of 1971, was expected to be secured into the seat, as well, the seat needed to be secured into the vehicle.
There were still no “crash test” experiments. It really wasn’t until 1979 in Tennessee, when the first child car seat law came into effect.
By 1985, all American States had such child car seat laws, but only 80% of the children at the time, used a car seat.
Recent Child Car Seat Innovations To Watch For
Today, parents do extensive research on car seats for their children. Some even hire a certified “Child Passenger Safety Technician” to make sure the seat that they have purchased, meets all the safety regulations, and that the seat is installed correctly.
Technology today even has innovative safety features such as the “RideSafer Travel Vest” and the “Tummy Shield” for pregnant mothers.
Watch the “Tummy Shield” video here …
Watch the “RideSafer Travel Vest” video here …