I love this product! The backpack booster seat could be a lifesaver
for your child. Check this article out from the Detroit News!
– by Larry Edsall
Each month of so, my mail brings a copy of “Status Report,” a publication from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the folks who do crash tests that are more stringent than those required by the government.
The most recent report details the IIHS’s tests of child booster seats, the ones designed for youngsters who have outgrown their infant seats but who aren’t large enough yet to be properly protected by a car’s seat belt system. Typically, these are children in the 4-8 age range, the IIHS reports.
Being a grandfather, I was interested in the scores, so I scanned the article, at least until I reached the fourth page, where there was a large image of a child-sized crash-test dummy wearing a backpack.
The caption explained that the backpack was more than a backpack. It was a Safety 1st BoostAPak, which is both a backpack and a booster seat being marketing for children aged 4-12 who ride in carpools. Or with grandparents. Or on airplanes.
Not only is it versatile, but it received the highest (Best Bet) rating in the IIHS testing of booster seats.
“One of the things we know is that booster seats are one of the less used seats, and that children are graduating from car seats to the adult seats with a seat belt too soon,” said Julie Vallese of Dorel Juvenile Group, which is based in Columbus, Ind.
“The booster seats often gets skipped over,” she said, adding that Dorel “has a commitment to safety and transporting children safely and was looking for ways to make booster seats more appealing to use.
“Oftentimes, what we found was that kids are reluctant [to use booster seats]. They see it as still being treated as a baby or child, and their friends may not be in these seats. How do we address that? How do you get the child to take ownership of the seat?
Dorel found a solution in England, where a company called Trunki specialized in travel products for children. Dorel became exclusive North American distributor for Trunki’s BoostAPak, which until January 2014 is sold only through the Buy Buy Baby stores and website. When the New Year begins, additional sales outlets will be added, Vallese said.