This Consumer Reports on Car Seats Will Shock You

Evaluations of top-tier car seats resulted in broken parts and safety concerns.

Safety concerns were raised when four models of toddler booster child car seats had parts break in a Consumer Reports' evaluation. The four seats included the Britax Frontier ClickTight, Britax Pioneer, Cosco Finale, and Harmony Defender 360.

Seats were evaluated for their crash protection on a scale of Basic, Better, and Best. All four of these seats score a “Basic” for crash protection. Testing unveiled the load-bearing components at the rear of the seats broke when the weight of dummies was close to the maximum limit for its harness system. 

It is important to note that you should continue to use your child's car seat unless you have another one to replace it. You can review more about the findings and next steps from these crash tests here.

Sandee Gruner

Sandee Gruner

Sandee Gruner is a full-time working mom with a love for writing and communications. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two children, where she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring local attractions and volunteering.

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