Seat your growing child comfortably and happily in our backless Turbobooster. You'll appreciate how it helps protect your child by raising her up to the proper height for the seat belt. She'll appreciate the playful fabric designs and hideaway cup holders.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #96 in Baby Product
- Color: Galaxy
- Brand: Graco
- Model: 1823382
- Released on: 2012-07-16
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.64" h x 15.50" w x 16.25" l, 1.00 pounds
- Helps safely transport your big kid from ages 4 -10, from 40 - 100 pounds and up to 57" tall
- Top rated by leading consumer magazines and publications
- Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed US safety standards and reassure safety-conscious parents
- Deluxe seat cushion removes for machine washing
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
Most helpful customer reviews
187 of 212 people found the following review helpful.
PLEASE READ: THIS MAY NOT BE AN APPROPRIATE SEAT FOR YOUR CHILD
I am an RN and a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (I work at Childrens' Hospital in OK) and want to point out that these are WONDERFUL booster seats.
However, this is NOT an appropriate seat for any child below the age of 5-6 regardless of their weight/height.
I realize on the product description that they say this item is approved for children as young as three. They need to change this immediately! Children as young as three are not physically or developmentally ready for a booster. They are likely to climb out, or unbuckle themselves, or move the shoulder strap behind their back which is very dangerous. (You will notice that all new cars that are manufactured now no longer have lap belts only as they are so unsafe)
Children that are less than 5-6 can be seriously injured if riding in any kind of booster seat. They need to be in a five point harness still. Their skeletons are too fragile for a the "three point harness" of an adult seatbelt- a five point harness spreads crash forces over a larger, stronger portions of the body (shoulders, hips, crotch- where there are strong bones) and an adult seatbelt, even when the child is in a booster, crosses their abdomen too much instead of their hips. If you were to get into a crash, many of their internal organs in their abdomen could be lacerated (cut into internally) and they could bleed to death inside in a matter of minutes.
I really hope you will consider keeping your young children, who I am sure you adore and love very much, in a five point harness. There are many on the market that have higher weight limits (All that I have listed here go up to 50, 60, 65, 70, or even 80 pounds)these days... Britax Frontier, Diono Radian, Graco MyRide, Graco Size4Me, Britax Marathon, Evenflo Maestro just to name a few.
**There was a 3 year old girl that died in Las Vegas, NV in Jan 2013 (you can google this) because she was in a booster seat and not a five point harness. It made national news. The Nevada news stations had a very good video story on it strongly encouraging the continued use of five point harnesses for young children.
If you have an older child and they still fit in a highback booster, I always recommend you go with a highback booster versus a backless. The highback booster offers head support and side impact protection, whereas a low back offers none.
Also- if your child is riding in a spot in the back seat where there is NO HEAD REST (many vehicles do not have a headrest in the middle seating position) THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE SEAT. You MUST have a high back booster (And read the manual- one that allows you to use it without a headrest behind it- not all of them allow that) Because if you were to get into an accident, your childs head will thrash backwards and there will be no head support there to prevent this. A serious life threatening spinal injury could occur.
And boosters are NEVER to be used with a lap belt only. They must always use a lap and shoulder belt.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
I buy a lot of car seats... and well.... where 5-stars are coming from, beats me...
Don't get me wrong...Graco makes great seats. And this one is REALLY not that bad especially in terms of costs. And we shouldn't buy these things for cost-savings.
BUT, there are some things that should be revisited here.
a. The tether that holds the shoulder belt seems dangerous. For one thing, other manufacturers who make similar style seats, don't have this feature. Sure, it's optional to use but it is suggested by the manufacturer. The problem is, the shoulder belt must "locked" which means you'll have to pull out the shoulder belt portion all the way out until it "ratches" tight. This, of course, will annoy your older child. If you don't ratchet tight the belt, then the shoulder tether strap impedes the functionality of the shoulder belt "locking" correctly in the event of sudden braking. Typically, what happens when there is sudden braking, shoulder belt portion locks when there is a "tug". But when the shoulder belt is adjusted so that it snugs the shoulder more, there is a potential (and possible life-threatening) slack created here. In other words,  it's the child's shoulder,  tether, then  shoulder retractor. The adult setup is shoulder to retractor. See the math here?
b. The tether should be breakaway.
c. If the tether is not used then the recommended minimum height should be raised so that seat belt portion for the shoulder does rest on the shoulder. If not then, the child be placed into the 5-pt harness.
d. All seats of this type should have latch capability. When the seat belt is not firmly engaged, the child tends to slip between the back of the booster and the vehicle's rear seat. If the child is not firmly secured in the belt (aka the shoulder belt is not locked) then they will squirm around in their seat which pushes out the booster from underneath the child.
e. The sides of the seat should be "winged" upward so as to keep the child from "straddling" their legs over the sides of the seat. Regular car seats are this way. Realizing there are some children who have thicker thighs, for the sake of safety, comfort comes in second. Can you imagine your child whose legs are straddling the booster seat on the receiving end of a "T-bone" car accident and his/her legs pinned between the door and the seat?? Yikes.
a. Not enough padding on the seat. Again, padding is minimized for the sake of cost. Yet, mom's and dad's can sit comfortably in memory foam leather (or cloth) seats. Remember, a comfy child makes for them to be less squirmy.
b. The optional backrest slot at the back of the booster seat keeps jabbing on the bottom of my child. If there is not option to buy the back rest for this sit then why not make another model that doesn't have this slot? Again, more padding.
c. The arm rests are nice for the child (again for their comfort, I guess) but they also make it harder for my child to buckle themselves (at no matter of the arm rest height they are installed.) Graco still doesn't seem to recognize that not all seat belt connectors are at the same height. Some are recessed. And some are being interfered with by the arm rests.
On the positive end, it is cheap for all the features you get. At some point, however, you have to ask is the cost-savings worth it at the safety of my child. Remember, the basic essentials are made to meet NTSA (and others) standards. But additional safety features are made to protect and comfort your child.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Portable and Sensibly Priced
Great price, easy to use, good safety ratings. We needed an extra booster seat for carpooling. This is portable, comfortable and simple to use. I am very pleased with the purchase.