Question HBB vs NBB

mping

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Is there that much of a difference between a high back booster and a no back booster in terms of safety?
 

Brianna

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When transitioning from a 5 point harness to a booster, it is generally recommended to start off with a high back because it can provide a physical reminder for the child to stay in place. Some children prefer to stay in high back boosters until they are outgrown for comfort, or to have something to lean against while sleeping. In some cases high back boosters can position the shoulder belt better than a backless, even when using the belt positioning strap included with the backless booster.

This quote is from a 2009 study
Among children who were restrained in BPB seats, there was no evidence of a difference in the performance of backless versus high-back boosters.
http://carseatblog.com/8243/to-backless-or-not-to-backless-that-is-the-question/
 

MommyShannon

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I agree. When DD moved to a booster at 6, she did well and fit well in high back boosters. We had one no back booster we used when we had a tight spot one day. The shoulder belt didn't fit as well so we had to use the extra clip to position it (a pain!) and she didn't stay in position well. I sat beside her and constantly had to make her sit upright. Now at 7.5 she sits better and fits better so I'm ok with it when needed. So while theoretically they are just as safe, my DD's fit and behavior made it unsafe.
 

mping

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Thanks! That was my hunch. My daughter is almost 7 and almost outgrowing her Frontier so just looking at our options.
 

mommyfrog

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It can make a difference in side impact crashes.

"The risk reduction provided by booster seats in side-impact crashes varied by booster seat type: 4-to 8-year-olds riding in high back booster seats were at a 70 percent reduction in injury risk, while those in backless boosters did not experience a statistically significant risk reduction as compared with seat belts alone."

Taken from here. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050913083440.htm
 

Brianna

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It can make a difference in side impact crashes.

"The risk reduction provided by booster seats in side-impact crashes varied by booster seat type: 4-to 8-year-olds riding in high back booster seats were at a 70 percent reduction in injury risk, while those in backless boosters did not experience a statistically significant risk reduction as compared with seat belts alone."

Taken from here. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050913083440.htm
The carseatblog.com article linked above addressed this study. The same core authors released new information showing no difference.
 

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